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Gingrich's Lesbian Half-Sister Says LGBT Issues 'No Longer Red Meat' for Newt, and He Socializes with Gay People

Candace Gingrich-Jones, the lesbian half-sister of Newt Gingrich, tells the Huffington Post that her half-brother has changed and that influence from his wife Callista has made LGBT issues "no longer ... a red meat issue for him politically."

Candace_gingrich Candace says that Newt regularly hangs out with a bunch of different gay people, the HuffPost's Andrea Stone reports:

Speaking for two-and-a-half hours at the headquarters of the Human Rights Campaign -- the gay advocacy group where she went to work soon after Gingrich led the Republican Revolution in the House -- Gingrich-Jones described a less strident older brother.

She said Gingrich has gone to Green Bay Packers football games with a lesbian couple who are longtime friends of Callista, who hails from Wisconsin. The couple's social circle includes Steve Gunderson, an openly gay former Republican congressman for whom Callista once worked. And Gingrich recently attended a matinee of a play based on the true story of a child custody dispute between two former lesbian lovers, one of whom became an evangelical Christian and declared she was straight. That play, "She Said/She Said," was a thesis project written by Rebecca Gingrich-Jones, who married Candace Gingrich in Boston in August 2009. At a lunch after the play, Gingrich "was very complimentary," though he ultimately turned down an invitation to Rebecca's graduation, which took place two months later.

However, earlier this year, it was reported that Newt Gingrich arranged $200,000 in seed money for anti-gay groups working to oust three pro-equality Supreme Court justices. That amount later rose to $350,000.

Newt also sat down with hate group leader Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association to describe how he would "slow down the homosexual agenda" if he were elected to office.

Candace also says her half-brother won't quit over his staff exodus.

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  1. sure, for 2 hours, I can go to a game with somebody I don't like and just watch the game....or be entertained by people I don't like. Sare Palin makes me laugh all the time....that doesn't mean I want them to succeed. I am sure it is the same with Newt.

    Posted by: Brad | Jun 13, 2011 9:15:45 AM

  2. Homophobic Rethuglican politician clams to "have gay friends". In other shocking news the sun rose in the east today.

    Posted by: RON DENVER | Jun 13, 2011 9:20:14 AM

  3. He would sell his newborn baby into slavery for political power. How do you think he would treat his gay "friends" if they were a political encumberance?

    Posted by: candideinncc | Jun 13, 2011 9:24:06 AM

  4. Even if true, makes me hate him more, not less. The same was said of mild-mannered George W. Bush, and look what his private acceptance of gay people got gay people publicly, where it counts!

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Jun 13, 2011 9:25:14 AM

  5. A classic, 'do as I say, not as I do'

    He's a politician; follow the money.

    A scumbag is, as a scumbag does. Why would anyone expect him not to be duplicitous? Seriously??

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Jun 13, 2011 9:38:12 AM

  6. Candace is delusional. Sad.

    Posted by: CRISPY | Jun 13, 2011 9:42:49 AM

  7. he's still a pompous, wannabe-intellectual, self-important, outdated ass, though. He may not quit because his staff ran away, he will quit, though, because of his lack of raised funds...

    Posted by: hugo | Jun 13, 2011 9:44:51 AM

  8. It just shows that blood is thicker than ... common sense.

    Candace wants desperately to believe that her half brother, Newt, has fundamentally changed when he hasn't. He's the same homophobe he always was.

    Posted by: elg | Jun 13, 2011 10:06:40 AM

  9. I'm sure Newt has changed. That's what a fall from grace does to people. But he ain't changed that much. As soon as he wants to stand up in front of the Republican National Convention and tell all these idiot evangelicals they can shove their votes where their morals are...up their asses, then I'll believe it. But now it's like the wife of an abusive husband saying, "He doesn't beat me nearly as bad as he used to."

    Posted by: Bart | Jun 13, 2011 10:23:52 AM

  10. The Bottom Line: They can't hate us "out Loud" the way the used to and they're trying to finesse it all with "I've got gay friends." Even Rick "Man on Dog" Santorum!

    But the Tea Party -- which controls the Republicans -- want us dead.

    Y'know what? THEY'RE dead. Neither Palin nor Bachman has a chance in hell.

    Newt? He's dead too.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 13, 2011 10:33:18 AM

  11. Anybody who socializes with Gingrich needs a new last name - Quisling.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jun 13, 2011 10:36:50 AM

  12. newt's nomination is dead in the water. his own staff fled like lemmings jumping off the cliff. this group of repuks eat their young. one by one they self destruct.

    Posted by: walter | Jun 13, 2011 10:50:47 AM

  13. Newt couldn't personally care less about anyone's rights or lack thereof, it's all just political opportunism. Do you really think Bill Clinton cares one way or the other about marriage equality? Do you really think Barack Obama actually thinks that marriage is only for straights?

    It's all theatre. It's not what they think, it's what they do. And if Newt Gingrich, of all people, started being a marriage equality activist tomorrow, how would that even help us, exactly?

    Candace has done a lot of good in her life. Defending her brother isn't part of it. Nobody cares what Newt allegedly thinks.

    Posted by: ohplease | Jun 13, 2011 11:03:07 AM

  14. Candace has never struck me as a particularly bright person. And it goes without saying that, were she not related to Newt, no one would listen to a word she says.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 13, 2011 11:18:44 AM

  15. Newt is a political opportunist. Wow, what a newsflash.

    The real question is: What self respecting gay person would associate with him, even for a sports event?

    The irony is, there's no way in Hell that Gingrich is going to get the Republican nomination. His personal record is too dirty (the guy makes Bill Clinton look like a monk), and as much as he wants it, the fundies will never cozy up to him. Newt is either delusional or is simply running to drum up publicity for his next book.

    Posted by: Hank | Jun 13, 2011 11:25:19 AM

  16. Yes, and I'm sure Newt is a big fan of Lady Gaga and he and the Mrs. will participate in local gay pride celebrations. One look at Newt and his wife and one could say that they definitely need a few gay friends.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 13, 2011 11:33:31 AM

  17. Gingrich is no worse than the many 'progressives' on the far left afflicted with personality disorders.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 13, 2011 11:49:49 AM

  18. His campaign is going down in flames anyway.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 13, 2011 12:42:22 PM

  19. I haven't met too many bigots yet who didn't have "friends" who were part of the group toward which they were bigoted.

    Candace is a complete idiot who is doing great harm in misrepresenting Gingrich. She needs to STFU!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jun 13, 2011 12:57:56 PM

  20. We may no be red meat anymore, but we're still on the menu.

    What she really means is that he doesn't REALLY care. He's just doing the same things, saying the same things, scaring the beejeesus out of the GOP base, but this time it's ENTIRELY hypocritical.

    Oh, whoopdeedoo...

    Posted by: BobN | Jun 13, 2011 2:15:09 PM

  21. The new Mary cheney

    Posted by: t | Jun 13, 2011 3:48:38 PM

  22. Nothing personal,it's just business.

    Posted by: PLAINTOM | Jun 13, 2011 4:29:03 PM

  23. Well isn't that very white and Republican of Newt to use bigoted/homophobic hate to garner votes while having gay friends on the side.


    What is it with these Republicans who use racism, homophobia, sexism and whatever form of bias that can find to draw voters to their cause? I'm sick of them all.

    Posted by: J | Jun 13, 2011 6:20:35 PM

  24. Check this out, if you have the stomach for it:


    It's from "Callista's Canvas," a particularly nauseating section of the "Newt for 2012" Web site. There she extolls the virtues of the Minnesota Family Council, a "wonderful organization" dedicated to preventing people like us from getting married. She and Newt were featured speakers at one of their gatherings recently.

    I don't know what is more contemptible: that this organization, with its so-called "protect marriage" agenda featured two adulterers as presenters; or that the Gingrich's had the balls to accept.

    So Candace, it's really, really hard to buy these proclamations of their gay-friendly cred.

    Posted by: Yar | Jun 13, 2011 9:34:54 PM

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