Read the 137 page report I linked to you. He pleaded guilty and agreed to pay the financial penalty. You can try to play word games, but the facts are the facts. Newt will have to go thru all of this again if he gets the nomination. It will be a major distraction and a negative for the voters. The fact that Reps voted overwhelmingly to issue the reprimand is an indisputable fact.
In his final opportunity to defend his client Friday night before the House ethics committee, an attorney for Newt Gingrich conceded that the speaker had made "glaringly inconsistent" statements to the panel's investigative subcommittee about a politically oriented college course financed with tax-exempt funds.
The concession was among the most dramatic of any Gingrich representative. The speaker in December admitted to having provided inaccurate information to the ethics panel. The full ethics committee on Friday voted 7 to 1, just two hours after the comments by Gingrich attorney J. Randolph Evans, to recommend a $300,000 penalty and a formal reprimand of the Georgia Republican, concluding a week of partisan wrangling that convulsed the Capitol. The committee vote is likely to be followed by approval of the sanctions by the full House when it votes on the recommendation Tuesday.
The ethics panel's subcommittee originally accepted special counsel James M. Cole's proposal that Gingrich be charged with submitting information he "knew or should have known" was false. But in exchange for Gingrich admitting his guilt, the panel altered the charge, deleting the word "knew," in what amounted to a plea bargain."
but he has already decided to leave Congress, formally finalize the divorce from Marianne (they were legally separated since 1987 and lived separately for years) and get married to Callista Bisek, whom he was dating since 1993, while financially supporting Marianne and having most of their assets (from his books and lectures) and accounts in Marianne's name.
No mention of his first wife, Jackie Battley, his former high school geometry teacher, when he was 19 years old and she was 26. Gingrich and Battley have two daughters from their marriage. In the spring of 1980, Gingrich left Battley after beginning an affair with Marianne Ginther. In 1984, Battley told The Washington Post that the divorce was a "complete surprise" to her. According to Battley, in September 1980, Gingrich and their children visited her while she was in the hospital, recovering from surgery, and Gingrich wanted to discuss the terms of their divorce. Gingrich has disputed that account.
Although Gingrich's presidential campaign staff continued to insist in 2011 that his wife requested the divorce, court documents obtained by CNN from Carroll County, Georgia, indicated that Jackie had asked a judge to block the process stating that although "she has adequate and ample grounds for divorce... she does not desire one at this time [and] does not admit that this marriage is irretrievably broken.
According to L. H. Carter, Gingrich's campaign treasurer, Gingrich said of Battley: "She's not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of the President. And besides, she has cancer." Gingrich has denied saying it. His supporters dismiss Carter as a disgruntled former aide who was miffed at not being asked to accompany Gingrich to Washington.
And while they keep talking about his failed marriages (he already inoculated himself from that line of attack, unlike, for example, Herman Cain) he will be talking about things that people can actually relate to. Besides, as he cleverly reminded Clinton's WH alumni Stephanopolous, he is a happily married grandfather, so it's unlikely that he would be embarrassing us with Clinton's behavior in the White House.
Calista is 23 years younger than Newt. She is his plastic trophy wife who is not an asset to him politically. In a 2011 interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Gingrich addressed his past infidelities by saying, "There's no question at times in my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate
Especially that we know now that much of the "baggage" is not true (like "served divorce papers to wife dying of cancer in the hospital") or that a second wife basically only cared about Newt being her "meal ticket on a gravy train". Not that he should or would talk about it, he's already humbly conceded "mistakes in his life" and moved on to a better and more fulfilling life.
This will be grist for the Dem's mill. It will be a big issue, more than likely, brought forward by Dem surrogates. Three marriages, a couple of messy divorces, adultry, and admitted "inappropriate behavior" will just be more baggage for the Green Conservative who supports amnesty, addressing manmade global warming urgently, and a supporter of the individual mandate. Now he is changing his tune on these and other issues.
And...? There is first time for everything. Kennedy, Reagan, Clinton, Obama... As far as precedents go, this one is a mosquito-sized.
For you maybe, for others it will be Elephant size. I can see the National Enquirer doing some investigative reporting along with the Dem operations research folks. Look out Tiffany's.
Seems like this has been his most successful marriage. Rush Limbaugh is on his fourth, he made some mistakes in his youth also. Is this really the one and only criterium for some of you?
Rush Limbaugh is not running for President nor is Larry King. In the mid-1990s, Gingrich began an affair with House of Representatives staffer Callista Bisek, who is 23 years his junior. They continued their affair during the Lewinsky scandal, when Gingrich became a leader of the investigation of President Clinton for perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with Clinton's alleged affairs. We'll see how long this one lasts.
Newt changes wives like he does religions. Gingrich was raised a Lutheran. In graduate school he was a Southern Baptist, and he converted to Catholicism, Bisek's faith, on March 29, 2009.
Yes, that's exactly what I said in my previous post. It was not the ethics charge, per se, it was the mistake of filing the wrongly typed document by a junior lawyer. Gingrich admitted that he "should have known" about the filing mistake and agreed to put the issue to bed by paying for the "committee expenses" instead of fighting thankless battles in Congress with enemies on the left and the right, finalize his divorce and start a new life with the woman he's been dating for 6 years. He was not "fined" for the ethics complaint which he was charged with and cleared by the IRS!
He pleaded guilty and agreed to pay the financial penalty. You can try to play word games, but the facts are the facts.
See, now you changed the word "fine" to "financial penalty" because it relates to different issue (filing mistake), not the ethics charge, on which he was cleared. You are carefully avoiding the reason for "pleaded guilty" which was not the ethics charge. It is you who is playing the "word games" because it seems so important to you to "win" (if there is anything to "win" here) this argument, even if you have to resort to "technicality".
You seem to be overly hung up on this issue because you think it will be extremely damaging. This is political issue, not legal. If you still don't see the travesty of being charged with 84(!) ethics violation charges in 4 years and being cleared on 84(!) ethics violation charges, nothing will get through to you. As I said, subject has been covered ad nauseam.
No mention of his first wife, Jackie Battley...
Again, it's a repeat of what I already covered in previous post - Newt didn't "serve divorce papers to wife dying of cancer in the hospital as was "reported" and believed by too many for too long... ad nauseamad absurdum?
Really, that will be the "substance" of Dems campaign? We can only hope so! Remember how well repeating and recycling Clinton's and Monica Lewinsky's escapades worked for Republicans in elections of 1998? BTW, Newt was trying to turn elections to the substance and policy issues, but nobody listened, yet they still blamed "disappointing" election results on Newt.
They can talk about these things all they want, the more the merrier, because if Newt runs, the election of 2012 will be decided on the issues that are important to people (economy, jobs, deficit/debt, foreign policy...), not the issues that interest National Inquirer.
What brought down Herman Cain (because he wasn't vetted) can't bring down Newt, in part because it's old news, and because he already conceded that he "made mistakes in his personal life in the past." - he is inoculated on the issue.
Unless we demand a Caesar's wife standard for the President, Newt should do fine - acknowledged, asked forgiveness, moved on, happily married after finally finding his soulmate... Those who can't accept that and move on, it's really their [mental] problem, much more so than for Newt or the Republicans... ad nauseam.
Calista is 23 years younger than Newt. She is his plastic trophy wife ...
You're still stuck on this? I hope the Democrats keep talking about Newt's personal life and his "plastic wife" who "shops for jewelry at Tiffany's".
Rush Limbaugh's latest (fourth) wife is 20+ years younger than he is. David Mamet's wife is 18 years younger (they have 2 children, she took his Jewish faith for the sake of family harmony)... Do you suppose that is why Rush doesn't want Newt to become the nominee, lest he threw off the spotlight on his marriage during campaign?
This will be grist for the Dem's mill. It will be a big issue, more than likely, brought forward by Dem surrogates.
Excellent! I already got tired of the subject, can you imagine keep hearing this day after day and not tune out. Oops, time for the Kardashians, then for Jersey Shore and Real Wives of New Jersey, Miami, Beverly Hills, Orange County... ad nauseam
Seriously, that's the fear? While Dems will be busy daily with a National Inquirer stuff, Newt will be talking about the solutions to people's problems - and there are many - and contrasting them with the failed policies of No Hope and No Change Left. BTW, do the people who watch Kardashians vote, and if they do, for whom?
... Green Conservative who supports amnesty, addressing manmade global warming urgently, and a supporter of the individual mandate.
All you are proving is that you can repeat the same thing with more verbiage ad nauseam...
He was never for "amnesty" or for "cap-and-trade"; it's the same vile kind of charge as "serving divorce papers to his wife dying of cancer in the hospital... Yes, I know, you will just post a report from some source that will claim that it is "amnesty" but it has been debunked already the same way the other charges you bring up have been debunked, ad nauseam. Newt has answered these questions several times, repeating the charges as if they were accurate doesn't make them any truer.
Just refresh your memory at: Reagan Had the Recipe for Success. Let's Follow It (Newt Gingrich in WSJ) - FR / WSJ, 2012 December 29
and Pelosi Fires Back at Gingrich - FR, posts #27, #29, 2012 January 09
They continued their affair during the Lewinsky scandal, when Gingrich became a leader of the investigation of President Clinton for perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with Clinton's alleged affairs.
Yes, and Newt has said a number of times that, unlike Clinton, he never committed perjury or obstructed justice. Of course, he continued to date (or, if you prefer, "have affair, cheat with") Callista Bisek - in about two years, after finalizing his divorce from Marianne (whom he supported financially since legal separation from 1987 including keeping bank accounts and other assets in her name and giving up most of them in the divorce), Callista became his wife. I thought I covered that in my previous post. Do we really have to keep covering the same issue over and over, ad nauseam?
We'll see how long this one lasts.
I think response above shows that it's already over.
Newt changes wives like he does religions... and he converted to Catholicism, Bisek's faith, on March 29, 2009.
Actually, the other way around - changed religion to Callista's - for family harmony, because she is a life-long Catholic. Looks like his "family values" are intact - what's not to like? Yeah, covered already... ad nauseam
So, this is the recycling of the same old laundry list of things that are either already debunked or are not really big issues, except to some people who will accept nothing less than Caesar's wife standard to candidates, and which are not going to be very damaging in this campaign.
We can find some identity-politics "family values" people, who are Johnny-one-notes one-issue milquetoasts and "empty suites" with no records of achievement, like we've done before... what was Einstein's definition of insanity?
So far, based on this exchange, I think Newt's campaign strategy in general election beats National Inquirer's hands down...