Newt Gingrich

Former Republican Speaker of the House

Newt Gingrich - Former Republican Speaker of the House

Newt Gingrich in 2007 in Washington, DC at the Values Voters conferenceNewt Gingrich in 2007 in Washington, DC at the Values Voters conferenceBy: http://www.publiceye.org/gallery

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  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggested that Congress rewrite ethics laws and "think up a whole new approach" to them to protect Donald Trump from running afoul of them once he becomes President. Gingrich told an interviewer that "traditional rules don't work" because "we've never seen this kind of wealth in the White House."
  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an avid Donald Trump supporter, had a heated exchange with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly about Donald Trump. During the interview, Kelly brought up Trump being a 'sexual predator'-- "If Trump is a sexual predator.." Megyn began. Gingrich interrupted immediately with, "He's not a sexual predator." When Kelly told him it was just his opinion, Gingrich pointed to the screen and said, "You could not defend that statement. I am sick and tired of people like you using language that's inflammatory that's not true." After more heated exchange, Gingrich said Megyn was "fascinated with sex", and tried to force Megyn to say that Bill Clinton was a sexual predator. Kelly concluded the interview saying, "..
  • Gingrich is claiming that Fox News has been given extremely bias coverage of the Republican Primary in favor of Romney. "I think Fox has been for Romney all the way through," Gingrich said, "In our experience, Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than Fox this year. We are more likely to get neutral coverage out of CNN than we are of Fox, and we're more likely to get distortion out of Fox. That's just a fact." Gingrich goes on to say that Fox News played a big part in stopping his campaign as most of the Republican base watches the network.
  • The Gingrich campaign hit an embarrassing snag when the check that was used to pay the $500 filing fee for the Utah Primary bounced. The Director of Elections in Utah says that he has never seen a check bounce from a campaign of a national office. Gingrich has been given until April 20th to pay for the filing fee or else his name won't be on the ballot.
  • May 10th 1999, Newt Gingrich asked his second wife for an "open marriage" policy or a divorce. Two days later, he spoke of family values, God and the demise of American culture at a conference titled, "The Demise of American Culture". This goes against everything Gingrich supposedly stands for, leaving his wife to ask in an interview, “How could he ask me for a divorce on Monday and within 48 hours give a speech on family values and talk about how people treat people?” Gingrich recently came out and said this story is false.
  • Newt Gingrich made between $1.6 million and $1.8 million in consulting fees from two contracts with mortgage company Freddie Mac, according to two people familiar with the arrangement. Gingrich’s business relationship with Freddie Mac spanned a period of eight years. At first he said it was for history lessons. Executives at Freddie Mac beg to differ. According to Freddie executives, Gingrich was hired to "build bridges" to his old pals (although not to lobby them) and also to "provide written material that could be circulated among conservatives on Capitol Hill and outside organizations." The fees that Gingrich received were self-renewing, monthly retainers of $25,000 to $30,000 between May 1999 until 2002.
  • In 2005 and 2006, the former House speaker turned presidential candidate carried as much as $500,000 in debt to the premier jewelry company, according to financial disclosures filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives.
  • Newt Gingrich publicly opposes Paul Ryan's budget proposal and take on reforming Medicare. He then flip flops on the issue when a majority of Republicans lash out at him.

Newt Gingrich Marital History

DateTypeSummary
2000 APRDivorceNewt Gingrich and Marianne Ginther finalize divorce
1993 NOVInfidelityNewt Gingrich and Callista Bisek have affair
1981 FEBDivorceNewt Gingrich divorced Jackie Battley
1980 APRInfidelityNewt Gingrich had affair on first wife with Marianne Ginther.
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