Newt’s been naughty – Gingrich’s ex-wife speaks for first time

With a 2012 bid looking more than likely, John Richardson asks himself, “just who is Newton Leroy Gingrich, really?” The answer, as written for Esquire, is a story both “epic and bizarre”β€”and gossipy. Though Richardson interviewed Gingrich for the profile, some of the biggest revelations come from his ex-wife, Marianne, in her first time discussing “what happened.” The highlights:

  • He proposed while he was still married: “He asked me to marry him way too early,” she says, within weeks of meeting. “And he wasn’t divorced yet. I should have known there was a problem,” When Richardson calls the speedy proposal flattering, she replied, “It’s not so much a compliment to me. It tells you a little bit about him.”
  • And then he did it again, 18 years later: “I know. I asked him. He’d already asked her to marry him before he asked me for a divorce. Before he even asked,” she says of his proposal to congressional aide Callista Bisek.
  • She doesn’t think he’ll run for president: “There’s no way,” she says. Writes Richardson, “She thinks he made a choice long ago between doing the right thing and getting rich, and when you make those choices, you foreclose other ones.”
  • As for his first wife, who was his high school geometry teacher…: “To this day, the official story is that he started dating Jackie when he was 18 and she was 25,” he writes. “But he was really just 16, she says.”
  • As for Newt telling Richardson, “Callista and I kid that I’m four and she’s five and therefore she gets to be in charge…” “Her eyes go wide when she hears his line about being four to Callista’s five. ‘You know where that line came from? Me. That’s my line. That’s what I told him. I’m sorry, that’s so freaky.’

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10 Responses to Newt’s been naughty – Gingrich’s ex-wife speaks for first time

  1. Krell

    August 11, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Let me start off by saying that I cannot stand that a**hole Newt Gingrich. I hate his politics, his lack of honesty,lack of integrity, his lying and hypocrisy. His ideas are dangerous and prejudiced. I even hate his haircut and the tone of his voice.

    That being said…I don’t think I would put too much confidence in characterizing a person from statements by an ex-wife. But that is just me.

    • MadMike

      August 11, 2010 at 1:09 pm

      You make a good point with the ex-wife reliability thing Krell.

  2. fourdinners

    August 11, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Just a fat old bloke if you ask me

  3. Jess

    August 11, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Same guy that was boning his secretary, while calling for Clinton to be impeached because he got a little sumtin sumtin in the Oval office. Prick.

    • MadMike

      August 11, 2010 at 3:44 pm

      LOL! I think I love you Jess πŸ™‚

      • Jess

        August 11, 2010 at 4:04 pm

        It’s my way with words and the CA girl accent isn’t it? πŸ™‚

        • Krell

          August 11, 2010 at 6:27 pm

          Oh that is just great, Mike. Now what am I to do with my Jess crush?

          • Jess

            August 11, 2010 at 6:45 pm

            Hey now, no need to be all sucky uppy :). You are still on the good list for the speakers, if I am still talking to you when I want rid of them. Don’t think I don’t know that is why you have the crush, can’t be anything else, because you have the lovely and multi talented MH you live with.

            • Krell

              August 12, 2010 at 11:50 am

              Jess, now what kind of person would I be if I allowed my emotions to be swayed by material things such as speakers of a particularly rare and special kind? That would be so shallow…

  4. Holte Ender

    August 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    One of the things I admire about Gingrich is the way he talks without breathing. I have tried to do it, it’s really hard, can’t do more 10 seconds. Another thing is his wide eyed insane grin, he would make a great B-movie actor.