Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and possible presidential candidate took to the airwaves of the Christian Broadcast Network (CBN) to talk about his Christian beliefs and to explain his past marriage problems. His explanation as to why he cheated on both of his former wives is astounding.
According to Politico.com, in his interview with David Brody of CBN, New Gingrich explains why he cheated on his former spouses by saying, Â“ThereÂ’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.Â” Mr. Gingrich says he cheated on his wives because of his political passion.
Here is what Newt Gingrich did for the American people: He served his first wife Jackie with divorce papers while in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery. It is alleged he brought his children with him along with a legal pad to write out the terms of the divorce. Jackie and the children relied to help from their church because Newt refused to pay child support. He was having an affair with his second wife before divorcing his first.
His second wife Marianne married him six months after the divorce from his first wife was finalized. After 18 years of marriage, he sought to divorce Marianne. An excerpt from Esquire magazine reveals, Â“But Marianne was having problems of her own. After going to the doctor for a mysterious tingling in her hand, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Early in May, she went out to Ohio for her mother's birthday. A day and a half went by and Newt didn't return her calls, which was strange. They always talked every day, often ten times a day, so she was frantic by the time he called to say he needed to talk to her.
He wanted to talk in person, he said.
"I said, 'No, we need to talk now.' "
He went quiet.
"There's somebody else, isn't there?"
She kind of guessed it, of course. Women usually do. But did she know the woman was in her apartment, eating off her plates, sleeping in her bed?
She called a minister they both trusted. He came over to the house the next day and worked with them the whole weekend, but Gingrich just kept saying she was a Jaguar and all he wanted was a Chevrolet. " 'I can't handle a Jaguar right now.' He said that many times. 'All I want is a Chevrolet.' "
He asked her to just tolerate the affair, an offer she refused.
He'd just returned from Erie, Pennsylvania, where he'd given a speech full of high sentiments about compassion and family values.
The next night, they sat talking out on their back patio in Georgia. She said, "How do you give that speech and do what you're doing?"
"It doesn't matter what I do," he answered. "People need to hear what I have to say. There's no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn't matter what I live."
Gingrich was having an affair with a former Congressional aide. She is now his third wife. Republicans are speaking out about Newt and his past lives.Â Former Bush speechwriter David Brooks says of a Gingrich presidency, Â“I wouldn't let that guy run a 7-Eleven, let alone a country.Â”
The people of American will decide what they think of Mr. Gingrich but it is pandering and disingenuous of him to say he cheated on his wife because of his passion for his work on behalf of the American people.