Marianne Gingrich’s Interview Could End Her Ex-Husband’s Career

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Serial Philanderer Newt Gingrich with Ex Wife Marianne During Happier Times

Marianne Gingrich, Newt’s wife from 1981–2000, is set to unload on her ex-husband saying her revelations are so damning they could finally end his political career.

So serious is the matter that Newt Gingrich cancelled all interviews on Wednesday to deal with the unfolding matter.

In an ABC Nightline interview set to air tonight, Marianne Gingrich says her former husband sought an “open marriage” arrangement so he could have a mistress and a wife.

According to ABC News:

ABC reporter Brian Ross interviewed Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich’s second wife, with whom he’s said he has no relationship. The segment is likely to air Thursday on “Nightline,” an ABC News executive told The Associated Press.

The ABC News executive did not indicate what the ex-wife, Marianne Gingrich, said in the interview. The executive spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plans for airing the interview were tentative.

The interview, should it air before Saturday’s primary, would shine a spotlight on a part of Gingrich’s past that could turn off Republican voters in a state filled with religious and cultural conservatives who may cringe at Gingrich’s two divorces and acknowledged infidelity.

In her most provocative comments, the ex-Mrs. Gingrich said Newt sought an “open marriage” arrangement so he could have a mistress and a wife.

Marianne Gingrich has said Gingrich proposed to her before the divorce from his first wife was final in 1981, and they were married six months later. Marianne’s marriage to Gingrich ended in divorce in 2000, and Gingrich admitted he’d already taken up with Callista Bisek, a former congressional aide who would become his third wife. The speaker who pilloried President Bill Clinton for his affair with Monica Lewinsky was himself having an affair at the time.

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18 Responses to Marianne Gingrich’s Interview Could End Her Ex-Husband’s Career

  1. feminazi says:

    I usually don’t stay up late enough to watch Nightline but I plan to stay up tonight to watch. Newt is about as disgusting a human being as you can find on earth and I am very interested in hearing what his ex-wife has to say about him.

  2. TOM339 says:

    Sources on Washington DC radio this morning are claiming Marianne Gingrich tells ABC that Newt wanted an “open marriage.” Something she didn’t want and didn’t understand.

    Republicans may not like President Obama but I imagine a philanderer is even less acceptable to them. So many Republicans are social conservatives and I can’t see them supporting a candidate for the highest office in the nation who was committed to spousal-sharing. This is antithetical to their values and morals.

    I’ve read the Obama administration is secretly hoping Newt is the candidate. They know Obama will destroy him. If the GOP picks Romney, it is more problematic. They will need to avoid Mormonism but still address his ties to a church who believes in magic underwear.

    I simply don’t see how Newt can win the nomination but tomorrow’s interview with Marianne Gingrich will seal the deal.

  3. One Fly says:

    Bring it on and my money says every one of these candidates has fucked up skeletons in their closets that would turn most normal people off from voting for anyone like that.

    Of course this society has lost that.

  4. Joe in Colorado says:

    I’m glad SOPA protest day is over. I was going into blog-post withdrawal. Newt Gingrich is vile and I don’t think he will ever be president. They American people aren’t that stupid. Of course, these are the very same people who reelected Bush Jr., so I suppose anything is possible.

  5. Brigadoon says:

    I’m hearing what TOM339 said. Newt wanted an “open marriage” a la, 1960’s swinger. He even told Marianne “Calista is OK with type of arrangement. Why aren’t you?” No wonder Marianne divorced him and moved on. It’s all so bizarre. I mean, Calista Gingrich is allegedly a devout Catholic but she was perfectly down with open marriage?

  6. ajihani says:

    Newt Gingrich’s “Family Values” Bombshell: Open Marriage.

  7. Frank in Castaic says:

    Newt Gingrich is an odorous toad. I hope a truck runs over him. Splat!

  8. Rachel says:

    Hell hath no fury as a woman scorned. Newt disrespected Marianne and now she sees his marbles climbing and she’s going to puncture his balloon and send it crashing back to earth. For all the claims on the right of Newt’s brilliance, I think he is really just a pathetic little man in a poorly-fitted suit who has a child-like fantasy of one day being president. Time for him to grow up and face reality. He will never be president. Van Jones has a better chance of being elected president than does Newt.

  9. R.J. says:

    I’m so happy I work the late shift so I’ll be up to watch this. Pass the popcorn.

  10. PUMA Lisa 1972 says:

    Let Rush Limbaugh begin the character assassination of Marianne Gingrich.

    Three, two, one.

  11. Estacada says:

    Brigadoon – Yes, Calista the Space Alien is a Catholic.

    Just goes to show you how hypocritical these religious types can be in their personal lives. They go to church every Sunday but happily look the other way when their husband comports himself like a character from 1960’s Ann Margaret movie The Swinger.

    Newt’s political fortunes are over. He will not be the Republican nominee.

  12. Tena says:

    Newt stumbled and fell on his own petard. What a pity.

  13. Marcus Ybanez says:

    So Gingrich’s logic goes like this.

    I like poontang. When I grow tired of my wife’s poontang, I want permission to go outside marriage to score new and exciting poontang. Am I correct? Nevermind vows and commitment. Newt is like a five year old boy who must always be accommodated. His needs take precedent over all else.

  14. Fran says:



    In 1962, he married Jackie Battley, his former high school geometry teacher, when he was 19 years old and she was 26. They had 2 children together.
    According to L. H. Carter, Gingrich’s campaign treasurer, Gingrich said of Battley: “She’s not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of the President. And besides, she has cancer.”

    In the spring of 1980, Gingrich left Battley after beginning an affair with Marianne Ginther.
    In 1981, six months after the divorce from Battley was final, Gingrich wed Marianne Ginther.

    In the mid-1990s, Gingrich began an affair with House of Representatives staffer Callista Bisek, who is 23 years his junior.

    In 2000, Gingrich married Bisek shortly after his divorce from second wife Ginther was finalized.
    * thanks wiki!

    conservative visionary my ass!

  15. DMason says:

    Gingrich doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of defeating Obama in November. In fact, no one in the Republican field appears capable of doing this. Obama may be in trouble with key demographic groups but when it comes to pulling that lever, who in the same mind would unseat him for Newt or Willard?

  16. Randy Arroyo says:

    Let’s not forget. Newt Gingrich shut the federal government down because he felt dissed not getting a seat in the forward cabin of Air Force One where President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton sat. Gingrich has an overinflated sense of his own importance. The notion he thinks the American voter will forget any of this just blows my mind.

  17. Mauigirl says:

    I can’t imagine that the GOP would actually choose Gingrich as their candidate – he makes Romney look good from a morals standpoint.

  18. Rusty Shackelford says:

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned….she’s like the typical disgruntled ex-employee.

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