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Newly released court documents cast doubt on Gingrich version of first divorce
CNN ^ | 12/26/2011 | Alan Duke

Posted on 12/26/2011 9:41:27 AM PST by TBBT

Carrollton, Georgia (CNN) -- Newt Gingrich claims that it was his first wife, not Gingrich himself, who wanted their divorce in 1980, but court documents obtained by CNN appear to show otherwise.

The Republican presidential candidate, now in his third marriage, has been peppered with attacks and questions about his divorce from Jackie Gingrich for the past three decades.

Questions about his past -- and what that past tells voters about his personal behavior -- have re-emerged as he has returned to the political scene 13 years after he resigned as speaker of the House.

A new defense that has arisen as Gingrich entered the presidential race this year is the insistence that she, not he, wanted the divorce.

On the "Answering the attacks" page of his campaign website, Newt.org, which "(Sets) the Record Straight: Newt's Positions on the Issues and His Record," the campaign discusses Gingrich's first divorce.

"It was (Jackie Gingrich) that requested the divorce, not Newt," the campaign website said, referring readers to an online column written by Gingrich's youngest daughter, Jackie Gingrich Cushman, last May.

Cushman, 13 when her parents separated in 1980, was rebutting persistent rumors that her father served divorce papers on her mother the day after cancer surgery. In the column, Cushman writes that papers were never served in the hospital, and that her mother did not actually have cancer.

(Excerpt) Read more at edition.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: adultery; gingrich; newt; newtdivorce
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Next round of establishment/media Newt bashing?

Recycled old news? No people really care?

1 posted on 12/26/2011 9:41:32 AM PST by TBBT
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To: TBBT

OK, I’m not a Newt fan, but this is ridiculous.


2 posted on 12/26/2011 9:44:08 AM PST by SuzyQue
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To: TBBT

As far as I am aware, Gingrich hasn’t discussed this. It was his daughter who did so.


3 posted on 12/26/2011 9:44:49 AM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: TBBT

Mr. Clean Perfect Hair is getting viscious!!


4 posted on 12/26/2011 9:45:01 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: TBBT

WHO GIVES A SH!# !


5 posted on 12/26/2011 9:46:15 AM PST by jrd
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To: TBBT

His wife could have asked for it.....and he filed.................So what. Wish the media did this type of digging for Obama


6 posted on 12/26/2011 9:47:34 AM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: TBBT

I wonder if we can anticipate such scrutiny of zero’s past in the upcoming election


7 posted on 12/26/2011 9:48:31 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: TBBT

Yawn. Who gives a damn? We need a candidate that is not a spouting, pandering liberal and who will FIGHT OBAMA toe-to-toe and then LEAD this country back to being America again and run by and for the people?

Romney cannot fight Obamacare and will fight Obama one-on-one.
Paul will have you speaking Farsi.

Hello America?


8 posted on 12/26/2011 9:48:32 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: TBBT

How unbelievably petty. This is going to backfire.

Most people despise this level of gutter politics. I smell the stench of desperation.


9 posted on 12/26/2011 9:50:05 AM PST by Shelayne
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To: TBBT

The legal filings ALWAYS reflect the reality of what actually happened in a divorce,,, everybody knows THAT! sarc/


10 posted on 12/26/2011 9:51:31 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: TBBT

Wow, how absolutely critical to our nation—Newt’s divorce 30 years ago. It’s so nice that they gave militant, radical Obama a proctology exam in 2008 about his background.


11 posted on 12/26/2011 9:52:00 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: TBBT

This is a part of Gingrich’s history and speaks to his character. Whether he has reformed is up to the voters to decide.

However, these are original and legitimate documents, and it’s best to get it all out there and discussed now. Were Gingrich to get the nomination, better now than next summer, for sure.

All candidates have baggage. It does no one any good to deny or refuse to confront it.


12 posted on 12/26/2011 9:52:19 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: jrd

It was a huge thing when Giuliani ran. Freepers held him to a high standard for failed marriages.


13 posted on 12/26/2011 9:53:42 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: TBBT

CNN should try expending their resources on informing its audience on the connection between Tony Rezko and Obama and Obama and Blagovich.


14 posted on 12/26/2011 9:53:58 AM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Jedidah

“This is a part of Gingrich’s history and speaks to his character.”

Yeah,, we need to examine their marriages from 30 years ago. Thats the only way we can be sure to get a man who was always faithful, and was deeply religious,,,like Jimmy Carter.


15 posted on 12/26/2011 9:55:51 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: TBBT

the Obama team is notorious for using marriage/divorce issues to remove their challengers from the race.

I’d rather not have Newt as our candidate, but he isn’t the one who is destroying our country.

Any personal issue these jerks try to use against our side, are nothing compared to the threat our current administration is to the nation.


16 posted on 12/26/2011 9:55:51 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: TBBT

In many cases it’s the offended party who files for divorce.


17 posted on 12/26/2011 9:58:02 AM PST by CynicalBear
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To: TBBT

Old witch hunts. It is a constant with the msm and Romney/Paul supporters. Just saw Fox News showing the ad of Newt and Pelosi again. They are only hammering Newt...why is that? why so many after Newt? after all IF the front runner is the one supposedly bashed dont you think Romney is getting a free pass?
Very little on Bain, Romneys refusal to release his fed tax returns or the extent Romneycare injured the state of Mass...all hush hush


18 posted on 12/26/2011 9:58:21 AM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Jedidah

>> However, these are original and legitimate documents, and it’s best to get it all out there and discussed now. Were Gingrich to get the nomination, better now than next summer, for sure.

All candidates have baggage. It does no one any good to deny or refuse to confront it. >>

Yeah, let’s go with this hot breaking news, Newt was divorced. Wow, I never knew that. /s


19 posted on 12/26/2011 9:59:14 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: TBBT
“her mother did not actually have cancer.”

Maybe I'm being picky, but why couldn't the writer just say

“her mother did not have cancer.”

20 posted on 12/26/2011 9:59:25 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Shelayne

This could backfire in the Republican Primary but it will be top news along with every other affair, ethics violation, divorce or anything else the media uses to drive down Newts numbers and it will not backfire in the General.


21 posted on 12/26/2011 9:59:44 AM PST by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: TBBT

I call yawnnnn....

Just more shading of hue and grey by the driveby’s to blurr any distinctions and water down candidates.


22 posted on 12/26/2011 9:59:57 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: TBBT

Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.

We are under attack from the enemy within, the very survival of our country is on the line and they are winning, yet there are morons that would want us to be concerned over this kind of crap.

GO NEWT GO.........


23 posted on 12/26/2011 9:59:58 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. Newt/Palin-West-2012."got a lot swirling around in my head.")
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To: blueyon

Exactly. What the conservative new media unearthed about 0bama, the propagandists in the SRM covered up.


24 posted on 12/26/2011 10:00:19 AM PST by ScottinVA (I miss America.)
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To: TBBT

Once Clinton was elected and re-elected the MEdia and the American people lost any creds to question a man’s leadership ability because of his personal behavior in his marriage. But for the Natioanal Enquirer, John Edwards might have been the VP of the US.

Who is coping better with life these days- Newt’s ex’s or Monica Lewinsky? Or Larry Sinclair?


25 posted on 12/26/2011 10:00:25 AM PST by silverleaf (common sense is not so common- voltaire)
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To: TBBT

I care!

Newt is an unstable man, and evidently has had a terrible influence on his child.


26 posted on 12/26/2011 10:01:02 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: BunnySlippers

I think were past the point of High Standards...just look at the 535+ clowns that are up there!


27 posted on 12/26/2011 10:01:55 AM PST by jrd
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To: BunnySlippers

“It was a huge thing when Giuliani ran. Freepers held him to a high standard for failed marriages.”

Actually I don’t remember what a lot of freepers thought about that (Giuliani).......BUT Newt has addressed this issue, asked God for forgiveness and has moved on. If we can not forgive those who realize their error than we need to do some major soul searching.


28 posted on 12/26/2011 10:02:43 AM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: Shelayne

barack obama became an Illinois senator when his handlers unsealed his opponent’s divorce records

so bend over, here it comes


29 posted on 12/26/2011 10:03:43 AM PST by silverleaf (common sense is not so common- voltaire)
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To: Shelayne

barack obama became an Illinois senator when his handlers unsealed his opponent’s divorce records

so bend over, here it comes


30 posted on 12/26/2011 10:04:26 AM PST by silverleaf (common sense is not so common- voltaire)
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To: TBBT
No one cares, the media pushes who makes the best husband as their means to smear. The candidates should not engage with them.
31 posted on 12/26/2011 10:04:38 AM PST by opentalk
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To: blueyon

The court docs show that Mrs. Gingrich did NOT want the divorce.

Newt let his children go hungry and the church had to feed them.

NO THANKS!

I had rather have a POTUS that was faithful to his family rather the smartest man available.


32 posted on 12/26/2011 10:04:44 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: faucetman
Because using the word “actually” infers she had another serious ailment so Newt will still look bad.

You have to love Journalists, they are more transparent than the Obama Administration but they just don't realize it.

33 posted on 12/26/2011 10:05:00 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: TBBT

CNN-Obama beating the “We Must nominate ROMNEY!” drum.

Because that, of course, will ensure the Kenyan Muslim’s second term.


34 posted on 12/26/2011 10:05:00 AM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Jedidah

Exactly!


35 posted on 12/26/2011 10:06:23 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: BunnySlippers

It wasn’t the failed marriages that bothered me, it was the treatment of his wife. Same goes for Newtie.


36 posted on 12/26/2011 10:08:10 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: TBBT
Let's smear EVERY non-Democrat except Willard.

We wouldn't want to say anything bad about him until he has secured the nomination.

37 posted on 12/26/2011 10:10:14 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (FOREIGN AID: A transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)
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To: TBBT

Funny how the picture on that article makes it look like Newt is about to get hit head-on by a truck. Finally, some truth in reporting that this is a media drive-by attack.

Have there been any hit pieces on Mitt “The Media’s Candidate” Romney lately?

Sounds like 9 out of 10 reporters predict Romney will win the nomination and Obama will win the general election, exactly the way they want it.


38 posted on 12/26/2011 10:10:28 AM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Obama in 2012!)
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To: SuzyQue

I’m not a Newt fan either. When are we going to get this level of crack reporting on obama?


39 posted on 12/26/2011 10:15:57 AM PST by packrat35 (Heartless)
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To: Coldwater Creek

“When Jackie Gingrich and her daughters moved from their other home in Fairfax, Virginia, back to their house in Carrollton, Georgia, there were “no lights, no heat, no water, no food in the home,” former Gingrich friend and academic colleague Carter said.”

You said “Newt let his children go hungry and the church had to feed them.”...........Um looks like it was the mother who made the choice. Sorry but I do not see this as Newt starving his children.


40 posted on 12/26/2011 10:18:20 AM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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Because using the word “actually” infers she had another serious ailment so Newt will still look bad.

Newt's daughter wrote the passage you are referring to.

"In the column, Cushman writes that papers were never served in the hospital, and that her mother did not actually have cancer."

41 posted on 12/26/2011 10:20:21 AM PST by alicewonders ((GO PERRY!))
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To: silverleaf
After initially being told that the divorce documents were sealed, CNN on Thursday obtained the folder containing the filings in the divorce, which had been stashed away for years in a Carroll County, Georgia, court clerk's drawer. Retired clerk Kenneth Skinner told CNN his deputy took Gingrich's file out of the public records room around 1994, "when he (Gingrich) became the center of attention," because Skinner feared tampering and theft.
42 posted on 12/26/2011 10:21:38 AM PST by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: TBBT

Funny how they wait until the very last line in the article to say something good about Newt. The press does this all the time, doing the very bare minimum with a little counterpoint at the very end to be able to call the article “balanced.”


43 posted on 12/26/2011 10:22:42 AM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Obama in 2012!)
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To: TBBT

So according to CNN, since his wife didn’t file, it proves something, as though a woman “with cancer” awaiting surgery in the hospital can be the responsible party to file for divorce.


44 posted on 12/26/2011 10:23:09 AM PST by drierice
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To: EagleUSA

Newt may be a bastard. But he’s OUR bastard.


45 posted on 12/26/2011 10:23:55 AM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Obama in 2012!)
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To: silverleaf

Yes, that is BO’s MO.

Gingrich should shrug it off and turn it back on the media, and their refusal to do even the most rudimentary background check on Obama. And he should hammer this point home at every opportunity he has, using different examples of their negligence.

“My divorce thirty years ago? Hmmm. Was that before or after Obama was indulging in cocaine on a regular basis? Hey, did you guys ever establish if he was maybe a dealer?”

I would PAY to see that! ;^)


46 posted on 12/26/2011 10:24:03 AM PST by Shelayne
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To: Jedidah

>> All candidates have baggage

All candidates except Obama.

Isn’t amazing how the media can dig up an amazing level of detail on every candidate except the one they continue to breast feed and nurture for POTUS.


47 posted on 12/26/2011 10:27:44 AM PST by Gene Eric (Save a pretzel for the gas jets.)
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To: Coldwater Creek

Obama appreciates your vote. Google “yes, we can fundamentally transform America” to submit your donation.


48 posted on 12/26/2011 10:29:05 AM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Obama in 2012!)
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To: TBBT

:”During these years, you had to make sure those papers were there,” Skinner said. “People could go in those files and get things out. We didn’t have enough security to control it.”

Current Carroll County Clerk of Court Alan Lee said he called the retired deputy clerk, who told him where to find the papers, after CNN began looking for them last week.

The documents, and interviews with people close to the couple at the time, contradict the Gingrich claim about who wanted the divorce.”

So the case (I Think) was sealed and the info has been laying around in a desk for 30 years............I smell something stinky


49 posted on 12/26/2011 10:30:01 AM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: JediJones

from the article

Leonard H. “Kip” Carter, a former close Gingrich friend, backed the contention that it was Newt Gingrich who wanted the divorce.

“He (Gingrich) said, ‘You know and I know that she’s not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of a president,’ “ Carter, who now lives in South Carolina, told CNN recently, relating the conversation he had with Gingrich the day Gingrich revealed he was filing for divorce. Carter served as treasurer of Gingrich’s first congressional campaigns.

Carter, who was a fellow history professor when Gingrich taught at West Georgia College in Carrollton, said he broke off his friendship with Newt Gingrich because of the congressman’s treatment of his wife during the divorce.

Asked in an e-mail whether that conversation in 1980 occurred the way that Carter recounted, Gingrich spokesman Hammond did not respond.

Gerald Johnson, a Georgia state legislator at the time who also was in Gingrich’s Sunday school class, said it was his memory that Jackie Gingrich did not want a divorce. Johnson laughed when told the presidential campaign is now saying she requested the divorce, calling that “surprising.”

When Gingrich filed for divorce, he was already seeing a 28-year-old congressional aide, whom he married six months after his divorce was final in 1981. The second wife, Marianne Ginther Gingrich, told Esquire magazine last year that Gingrich even introduced her to his parents in the summer of 1980, the same time he filed for divorce.

“They were thrilled because they hadn’t wanted Newt to marry (Jackie Battley),” she told Esquire.

Gingrich divorced Marianne Gingrich 19 years later, after an affair with a younger congressional aide whom he married soon after his divorce. The third wife, Callista Bisek Gingrich, is now a major figure in his presidential campaign.


50 posted on 12/26/2011 10:30:16 AM PST by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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