I want to address the #1 issue that bothers me the most – Newt’s failure to pay child support and alimony to his first ex wife.
In 1980, Newt began a relationship with a woman he met at a political fundraiser, Marianne. Newt divorced Jackie in February of 1981 and married Marianne in August. Congressman Gingrich was accused of negotiating divorce details while his wife was recovering from surgery, and then refusing to pay child support and alimony to speed up the divorce process.
“The Hilarity of Newt’s Campaign” –Red State November 2011
Newt is trying super hard to dismiss his 84 ethics violations- it isn’t working. Newt is trying to explain that his big win in South Carolina means that Americans do not care about his past – not likely. So, let’s dive in to Newt’s ethics violations and other criminal issues:
You can say this was a long time ago. You can even say Gingrich wasn’t guilty of everything he was charged with. But what you can’t say is that Gingrich learned his lesson, accepted blame and is a changed man. Yesterday’s denial of the facts shows that he’s learned nothing, accepted nothing and has not changed his propensity to bend the facts to avoid responsibility for his actions.
In the early 90’s, Newt wrote Hot Checks – 22 of them to be exact, one for over $9,400. I mean seriously? While Newt was busy chasing down Democrats with ethics violations, he was violating them himself.
Hypocrisy is Thy Name Newt?
While Newt was bouncing 22 checks, he was also demanding pay raises for Congressional Leaders while being driven around in a LIMO!!!
Second, if you think you know all the scandals, all the ethics charges and all the embarrassing aspects of Gingrich’s past, you are kidding yourself. There is no guarantee that next week or next month, or in the fall if he is the nominee, that there aren’t other ethics, sex or political skeletons hanging in his closet. (Yeah, I picture a giant walk-in one.) Santorum said Republicans would spend every day worrying about the next shoe to drop if Gingrich were the nominee.
Chronology of Newt through 1998 – from PBS, which we all know the government funds and Obama will use IF Newt becomes the nominee.
Even members of Gingrich’s own party have expressed concerns about his shady past. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has endorsed Romney, called Gingrich an “embarrassment” to the Republican Party. “We all know the record,” Christie said Sunday on Meet the Press. “I mean he was run out of the speakership by his own party.”
GOP candidate Rick Santorum, who came in third place in Saturday’s primary, called Gingrich a “high-risk candidate” and “erratic conservative” Sunday on ABC’s This Week.