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Gingrich's ex dishes dirt

2012-01-19 20:11

Washington - The woman who was married for 18 years to Republican White House hopeful Newt Gingrich said in an interview airing on Thursday that her ex-husband asked for an "open marriage" after carrying on a six-year affair with an aide.

Her explosive revelation comes two days before the critically important primary in South Carolina, in America's Bible Belt, and could dent Gingrich's surge as he seeks to close the gap with frontrunner Mitt Romney in the race for the party nomination.

In an interview detailing the unravelling of her marriage, Marianne Gingrich said the former House speaker sought a marital arrangement that would allow him to have a mistress while remaining married to her.

"He wanted an open marriage and I refused," Marianne Gingrich told ABC News's Nightline program, in a video clip airing in advance of Thursday's broadcast.

She said Gingrich admitted to a six-year affair with congressional aide Callista Bisek - now Callista Gingrich - whom he married after Marianne refused his offer and her marriage to the Georgia lawmaker fell apart.

Comments
  • Clive - 2012-01-19 20:26

    What else is new ?

      Rudzani Muhanganei - 2012-01-19 21:47

      She just can't stand seeing her ex as a presidential candidate. Why now, hasn't she moved on?

  • Godfrey - 2012-01-20 04:11

    All the republican candidates are bible thumping hypocrites and moral deviants. This women has nothing to complain about - she carried on an affair with Gingrich while his first wife was terminally ill with cancer. Next will be moron magic underwear Romney who is an inhumane uncaring bastard who made his millions at the expense of the less fortunate.

      Graziella - 2012-01-20 08:12

      The hegemonic ruling class has decided that democracy is just an electoral system to be used as an alibi for this class to impose its rule.

      Hotkop - 2012-01-20 13:21

      Graziella, you copied and pasted this cr@p from an article 29 Sept 2007 from The Guardian's website........ http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2007/sep/29/ifvotingchangedanything

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-20 10:41

    GRAZIELLA, you forget that "Democracy" itself as we know it in the modern world is nothing like the concept that originated it. Governments including our own simply view democracy as another name for dictatorship

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