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Ex-Wife Says Newt Gingrich Wanted 'Open' Marriage, Lacks Moral Character to be President: VIDEO


Marianne Gingrich speaks out in an interview with Brian Ross airing on tonight's Nightline:

Newt Gingrich lacks the moral character to serve as President, his second ex-wife Marianne told ABC News, saying his campaign positions on the sanctity of marriage and the importance of family values do not square with what she saw during their 18 years of marriage.

In her first television interview since the 1999 divorce, to be broadcast tonight on Nightline, Marianne Gingrich, a self-described conservative Republican, said she is coming forward now so voters can know what she knows about Gingrich.

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.


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  1. An open relationship isn't really the issue here, even if that's what the mainstream media is focusing on, cause it's titillating to the straight folks.

    If a couple--gay or straight--mutually decides they want an open relationship, that's entirely their business. Every couple is free to establish the boundaries of their relationship; that's what good communication is about. Or bad communication, as the case may be. Or, if Newt had just been a cheating creep, hurting no one but his various wives. Then, one could feel sorry for them, perhaps, but, again, it wouldn't particularly be our business aside from what it reveals about his character.

    The problem, duh, is that Newt is a COLOSSAL HYPOCRITE, one who at the same time he was cheating and pushing for an open marriage against his wife's wishes, was screaming to get Clinton impeached, telling gay couples we have no right to marry because we're not as moral as straight people like him, talking about the special sanctity of man-woman marriage, a sanctity two lesbians or two gay men couldn't possibly establish cause, you know, we might mess up the pureness that is heterosexual marriage.

    I'm not surprised that the right wing hypocrites let Newt's hypocrisy slide (after all they're most prone to porn addiction, divorce, and covert adultery even as they're judging others) but any gay person who doesn't get it obviously suffers from dementia. (I won't bother naming names.)

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 19, 2012 3:35:48 PM

  2. I don't really like the way people are juxtaposing the idea of open marriages and immorality. Does not compute. If all parties agree, and no one is forced into it, as Newt's ex says happened with her, then no harm and no foul.

    Posted by: Leah C. | Jan 19, 2012 3:39:45 PM

  3. Ernie and Leah C,

    I'm sorry but your positions are totally ridiculous and seek to re-define the concept of a relationship.

    I always stick my nose up in the air whenever a couple tells me they are having an open relationship. I say "honey, yours ain't a relationship, it's a sinking ship".

    Posted by: jason | Jan 19, 2012 4:01:36 PM

  4. Jason, you're an idiot. I understand why you have a problem with open-relationship: you can't get one man and you're furious that others can get not only one man to love, but the confidence and freedom to make their own rules and arrangements.

    it's always the perpetual singles that have a problem with Open Relationships. It's not the fault of those in open relationships that nobody wants to be your boyfriend.

    sinking ship? says the sad-sack who never made it off the dock ;-)

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 19, 2012 4:16:05 PM

  5. @BABH The Clintons do not live together although they do own a home together. At times they are there together, but they do not sleep together.

    Posted by: Name: | Jan 19, 2012 4:24:21 PM

  6. Jason, honey, you can stick your unhappy nose wherever you like, makes no difference to me. I can only imagine what kind of couples you know given your charming personality! If you and your friends can't handles relationships, not our problem.

    The problem with Newt--for the SLOW people--is that he's always claiming moral high ground that isn't his to claim. When you're a lying serial adulterer with a history of multiple divorces you can't really cast judgment on the relationships of others, or on who has the right to marry. (It's like a pedophile priest telling consenting gay adults their sex lives are sinful. Misplaced moral judgment, fellas.) Whether Newt wanted an open relationship or not is a laughable red herring, and a nasty herring if you think about any woman wanting to have sex with that pig.

    Gay people I know aren't claiming a moral high ground. We're certainly not telling straight people they have no right to marry, even though some of them, like Newt, clearly aren't up to the challenge. On the other hand, many lesbian and gay couples I know COULD claim a moral high ground. I've never been divorced, have been with the same guy for 21 years, honor my commitment honestly. In a line of who's worthy of the freedom to marry most every gay person I know would be miles ahead of hypocrites like Newt. He can get away with such nonsense among the delusional zealots and maybe among a few self-loathing fags, but he can't get away with it among the rest of us.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 19, 2012 5:14:12 PM

  7. so now we have "traditional marriage" "gay marriage" and "Republican marriage"....the last one's between a man and a woman and a woman.

    Posted by: Vint | Jan 19, 2012 5:35:15 PM

  8. Ernie and Kiwi,

    I don't care about you two. You don't have much to go on except foggy notions.

    I know from instinct and intelligence that there is no such thing as an open relationship. It's a contradiction in terms. It's for people who wish to rationalize away their promiscuity and lack of self-control. In actuality, their relationship is an arrangement, not a relationship.

    To anybody who is in an "open relationship", let me say this: you're a loser.

    Posted by: jason | Jan 19, 2012 5:45:16 PM

  9. Actually, Jason, Kiwi and I are being specific, you're simply recycling one of the 4 comments you make over and over like a demented hamster on a wheel. If you're not equipped to be in a relationship, that's your problem. Those of us who've been in committed (I.e. specific and lasting) relationships for many years don't need advice from Newt Gingrich or from you, but thanks anyway.

    Seems like you were planning to vote for Newt just a few weeks ago? Since he likes open relationships, must be you only vote for losers? Curious . . .

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 19, 2012 6:33:30 PM

  10. I agree with Gregoire. When you graduate from the role of whore/mistress to wife, then you can't complain when someone comes along to assume the role of whore/mistress (and I LOATHE Gingrich but there's no difference between Wife #2 and Wife #3.)

    Posted by: topsyturvy | Jan 19, 2012 6:57:44 PM

  11. I must be missing something. I can't understand how at least three different women were willing to "sleep" with Newt. If Brad Pitt or Cristiano Ronaldo is at one end of the male attractiveness spectrum, Newt is clearly at the other end.

    Posted by: jack | Jan 19, 2012 11:42:59 PM

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