Skip to comments.‘Very Bitter’ (Team Newt responds to ex-wife Marianne's Interview Remarks)
Posted on 01/19/2012 9:06:36 AM PST by SeekAndFind
In response to the Drudge Report’s scoop about Marianne Gingrich’s interview with ABC News, Bob Walker, a senior Gingrich adviser, tells National Review Online that the campaign will fight back. “It is pretty nasty to use personal tragedy for political exploitation,” he says. “That was a very bitter divorce, and you’re talking about somebody who is still, probably, very bitter.”
Beyond Walker, several sources close to the Gingrich campaign agree on the merits, but predict that Gingrich will likely ignore the story. They tell NRO that the interview is a “retread” of an Esquire magazine article published in 2010, and that Gingrich will not respond to the broadcast, at least in any official capacity.
“He’ll answer questions from voters, he’s not running away from anything, but these are old issues from the divorce,” says one source. “He has addressed these issues before, and there is nothing new here.”
Other sources familiar with ABC’s editorial direction on the segment shrug off the newsflashes, guessing that Matt Drudge, the site’s editor, was playing up a leaked scoop, nothing more. “Marianne Gingrich’s unhappiness with how things ended is something people close to Newt have known for a long time,” says a second source. “The real response from people who know him is disappointment with Marianne for doing this, and sadness about the whole situation.”
A prolonged battle with her over quotes, or with ABC News, is likely not on the horizon. There may be concerns voiced about how certain anecdotes are presented, and about specific claims, but “Gingrich has addressed this time and time again,” says a third source. “He is out there all of the time, in all of these forums, acknowledging that he has made mistakes.”
ABC News wanted Gingrich to come on Nightline to offer a rebuttal of sorts but Gingrich’s advisers declined. “This is a sideshow, a distraction,” the third source says. “Is it helpful? No. But is it a game-changer? No.”
EDITOR’s NOTE: This post has been updated to include new reporting.
Below, Gingrich’s daughters issue a memo to ABC News:
To: ABC News Leadership
From: Kathy Lubbers, Jackie Cushman
Date: January 18, 2012
The failure of a marriage is a terrible and emotional experience for everyone involved. Anyone who has had that experience understands it is a personal tragedy filled with regrets, and sometimes differing memories of events.
We will not say anything negative about our father’s ex-wife. He has said before, privately and publicly, that he regrets any pain he may have caused in the past to people he loves.
ABC News or other campaigns may want to talk about the past, just days before an important primary election. But Newt is going to talk to the people of South Carolina about the future– about job creation, lower taxes, and about who can defeat Barack Obama by providing the sharpest contrast to his damaging, extreme liberalism. We are confident this is the conversation the people of South Carolina are interested in having.
Our father is running for President because of his grandchildren – so they can inherit the America he loves. To do that, President Obama must be defeated. And as the only candidate in the race, including Obama, who has actually helped balance the national budget, create jobs, reform welfare, and cut taxes and spending, Newt felt compelled to run – to serve his country and safeguard his grandchildren’s future.
AND wait till Perry saying "I ENDORSE/TRUST/FORGIVE Newt!" kicks in Saturday in Carolina... :~)
But first, THANK YOU, Texas (155 delegates) & Gov Perry!
Speaker Gingrich-led Republicans
.the result: * Voting on each of the Contract with America items * Four consecutive balanced budgets * Over $400 billion of debt paid off * Major welfare reform accomplished * 11 million new jobs for America * Unemployment falling to under 4%.
That's where a record comes in. Not just the record of votes, which is often a meaningless toll of positions taken for political reasons on bills that were always going to pass or were never going to pass, but a record of actions taken that actually mattered.
A record of actions taken that actually mattered. Newt is the man who fits that description to a "T".
He can identify what is most important to the country, develop a plan to overcome that challenge, articulate the the merits of overcoming the challenge and why the plan will work.
I hadn't been for Gingrich initially and spent plenty of energy excoriating him, these last several years, for any number of sins he committed against the Republican/Conservative ideals. He seemed a turncoat of sorts, particularly when he babysat Pelosi on the couch.
On reflection, Newt is an attention whore seeking relevancy for his ideas and I guess I take him at his word that he made a few mistakes in his life and he has at least some regret for those decisions. God knows I am no angel and so I have to reflect on the man's ability to get things done.
Newt gave us the Republican majority, the Contract with America and completed 2/3rds of his agenda while in office.
He now has a new plan for America and with what is likely to become a Congressional Super Majority and a Senate Majority, if not Super Majority, I believe he will absolutely accomplish his agenda.
Say goodbye to ObamaCare the single biggest scam and travesty foisted upon a free people who, by right, ought to have been given the opportunity to read the bill and debate it. Instead, a win at all cost, cheating agenda was developed and it was signed with most people never laying eyes on at least page 2 of this utopian dreck.
Executive Orders Positions:
The following are all within the executive powers to simply order and with the exception of securing the border within one year, they are all easily accomplished with the stroke of a pen and no way to challenge them in the legislature.
Keystone may be challenged in the courts but I think the Executive can order the EPA to approve, under National Security Priorities and it is a National Security issue, as well, a jobs issue.
As President, Newt, could actually have a very busy 1st week or month just on these initiative alone.
1. Eliminate the thirty-nine White House "Czar" positions created during the current administration. The president does not have the authority to appoint bureaucrats to power who are not accountable to the Congress.
2. "Mexico City Policy" of Respect for Life. Reauthorize President Ronald Reagan’s policy – also known as the "Mexico City Policy"— to stop tax payer dollars from being used to fund or promote abortions in foreign countries.
3. Restore conscience clause protections for Healthcare Workers.No American working in a medical environment should be forced to perform any procedure that he or she finds morally or ethically objectionable based on religious teaching. This protection should include, but not be limited to abortion. Existing conscience clause protections need to be strengthened.
4. Respect Each Sovereign Nation’s Choice of its Capital. Each sovereign nation, under international law and custom, may designate its own Capital. Accordingly, the U.S. State Department should be instructed to respect the choice of each sovereign nation and place the American embassy in their Capital. (Israel is the only country the United States discriminates against in this regard. The people of Israel have designated Jerusalem as their capital. Yet the United States retains its embassy in Tel Aviv.)
5. End the Attorney General's Assault on the States. Instruct the Attorney General to withdraw all immigration-related lawsuits against states immediately, including those pending in Arizona and South Carolina. The Obama Administration refuses to enforce federal immigration laws, and instead sues states who are merely trying to enforce the laws that the federal government neglects. The Gingrich Administration will secure the border by Jan. 1, 2014 by any means necessary.
Unleash American Energy by Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline. Instruct the State Department to approve a Presidential Permit immediately for the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that will send 700,000 barrels of oil a day from Great Plains and Southwestern states to Gulf Coast refineries lower staggering energy prices, and create up to 120,000 American jobs.
Now we get into the details of an inclusive agenda that brings the people(you and me), through their representatives, into process. The TEA Party and conservatives are going to have a majority in both houses.
Let’s elect an Executive who will absolutely fulfill the promise of our ideals.
Newt gave us the three most important victories of the 90’s Welfare Reform, Balanced Budget and Reduced Taxes. I hope I don’t need to describe the benefits of those victories. They ought to be obvious to everyone by now.
Lastly, there have been some reports that Newt shouldn’t get all the credit. Really? Then perhaps we marginalize the accomplishments of Washington, Roosevelt, Kennedy and ….wait for it… Reagan.
Do we really want to go down the road with that kind of adolescent sophistry and parsing of what happened?
Newt is the guy who thought of these big things, proposed them and shepherded their implementation?
Newt has once again identified what is important to us now, at this time and described how we can get there with our representative majorities. He has done it before and I declare Newt Gingrich was then and is Now a leader.
We should elect Newt Gingrich to the Presidency of the United States
I wonder if he's considered how disappointed with him she might be. While it is always best to let go of the bitterness, it is not always easy, and cheaters have no right to judge the ones they've betrayed for any reason whatsoever, IMO. I'll probably wind up voting for Newt, the way things are going, but I will do so with a heavy heart. I have absolutley no sympathy for the man.
The liberals are counting on this to be a death blow. They’re going to be disappointed.
A generic Republican could beat Obamski, but there’s nothing generic about Gingrich. The whole campaign will be focused on him, IMO.
I cannot help but wonder if there has not been some ‘insider’ trading going on in this campaign. Oh, for the ‘social’ only conservatives I am NOT taking Newt’s side. I just saw this media hit piece a bit “two” self serving when the stated purpose was to end Newt’s career. I voted for old Lord McCain and he has a ‘history’ of jumping sheets as well. I guess Meggy never knew.
“That was a very bitter divorce, and youre talking about somebody who is still, probably, very bitter.
It always amazes me that, when karma comes ‘round, people are surprised. The difference between her and Newt is that Newt seems to have asked God’s forgiveness and has found peace. Apparently, she has not and will carry this with her to her grave.
Ignore the RINO Cabal who want the status quo and are terrified of the brilliant, capable, and experienced Newt Gingrich...a man who believes in our Constitution and its laws and a man who loves his country. What could be worse for the MSM, all talking heads and Progressives.
GO NEWT GINGRICH!!
Bitter ex wife, bitter divorce = I don’t care.
Wasn’t Marianne the reason for the break-up of Newt’s first marriage? It’s difficult to feel any sympathy for her. ....... Let sleeping dogs lie @ all that jazz.......
Romneys religion has a cure for that .. Polygamy..Mitts great grandpa had 15 wives.. and polygamy is still a requirement for mormon godhood.. so wanna guess if romney might not take a few wives if he could?
While the hype is all centered around Newt's wife and Romney's tax info, how about stirring up some media interest in what the Czars have been up to for three years?
Marianne, anything you say is only going to show you as the scorned ex so unless you can prove he committed murder or sold state secrets it’s time to get over yourself.
Have at it.
This is my Newt post for the next couple of weeks at least.
We get it....Newt sucks...not going to argue that.
But he sucks less than the rest.
I really don’t know what to make of this. this information has been floating out there for a long time. Undoubtedly she is still bitter, otherwise she would not be dropping thes bomb at this time. I am for Santorum but in South Carolina I am pulling for Gingrich just so that we extend this primary season without prematurely crowning Romney (as they have been trying to do). Cain was neutrlized in exactly the same way. It seems to me that the Unions (kings of missing ballots) are also pushing for Romney to cue up Obama’s battle against the 1%. A person more representative of the 1% than Romney cannot be found . Romney is THEIR man, not ours. I see the media jumping all over themselves to push Romney and destroy anyone in his way, why? I am now on the “anyone but Romney” camp with a hard lean to Santorum. I am comforted in the knowledge that they ( the lib media) hate Gingrich, that alone makes him much more palatable to me.
“Apparently, she has not and will carry this with her to her grave”.
It has been what? Fourteen years since the divorce and Marianne is still bitter. I’m getting a “crazy, Miss Havisham” vibe from her. I have the feeling that she is more ticked about not being the possible first lady than anything else. I wonder about the mental status of someone holding that much hate in their heart for such a long time and granting an interview to air one’s dirty laundry only perpetuates the bitterness in her. IMHO.
It shouldn’t matter how many divorces a man has, or how many women he relationships he develops with other women while he is still married, as long as he is one of ours.
Jane Wyman kept her trap shut when Reagan was still alive.
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Cain was the first Georgian to be attacked by the Liberal Agenda Media, (LAM), and now that Newt is closing in on “Milk-Toast” Mitt, it is time for the LAM to attack the second Georgian. Timing is everything!
Perry dropped out today, so Paul is the last Texan standing in the way of keeping the Republican Candidates solidly from the NE USA. Pucker up Paul, as after Newt, you are next!
BTW, what is the point of voting on Super Tuesday if the Liberal Agenda Media removes who they do not want us to vote for? It is a location question: you have to live in Fly Over Country to understand.
I have not yet picked a dog in this fight - but as a Texan I am glad Perry is out!! Now about Newt, you make dozens of reasoned responses, but what about all the lying and cheating - since the campaign started. I mean this guy is antibusiness, anti equity funds, etc. etc. I mean what position has he not been against before he was found to be for it? What Fannie May or Freddie money did he take and then lie to you and me about what he was doing. This is a serial cheater...we can do better against Obama.
Exactly. it’s actually somewhat humorous to observe liberals, of all people, feigning moral outrage over sexual promiscuity. They ought to have Bill Clinton come out and comment on the matter.
In a debate with Oblunder, he could have a cardboard cutout in place, and THAT would still be smarter.
Excellent post. Newt The Arrogant is the ONLY candidate who will stand up to the Left. Our republic cannot stand another four years of zero nor a placeholder pubbie President.
Marianne’s “bitterness” is highly ironic, considering that she was the “other woman” in breaking up Newt’s first marriage.
Vultures do come home to roost, don’t they?
We all know Newt is a scumbag, so I don’t think this will change pubic perception of him.
On the other hand, how can anyone stomach the idea of plastic homebreaker Callista as First Lady?
No good guys in this trainwreck.
This is JUST LIKE the interview ABC did with Juanita Broderrick. ha!
This Gingrich divorce story has the foul smell of The Chicago Way about it! :-(
The left is pulling out all the stops now that they can see the demise of our republic so close at hand. Their relentless attacks on anyone that might shine even a weak light on their evil intentions is frightening.
The attacks on the conservatives seeking the republican nomination are a case in point. And now, just when Newt is pulling ahead of Romney again in the polls they are doing all they can to obliterate him.
We have arrived at a critical juncture, The stooge that has been set up to lose to Obama is in serious trouble.
Newt, a man with the ability to crush Obama in the general election, once again, against all odds, rises to the occasion, ready to do battle.
The RINO powerful have come to the conclusion that Obama, due to vote fraud, MSM backing, the size of his war chest, and his willingness to break any rule or law.. will prevail in November. And so they bring forth yet another weak candidate to hopefully lose gracefully and perhaps enable them to retain some power in the House and Senate and thereby maintain access to the perks of power.
Newt is a man of awesome intellectual abilities, not a perfect man, nor a humble man to be sure. But he is a man who has humbled himself before God and made his peace with his demons.
The corrupt Chicago machine seeks to exhume the corpse of Newts past and parade it before the electorate in a desperate attempt to destroy him before he can rout the anointed GOP nominee and in so doing become a mortal threat to Obama.
They know that Newt is a fearless warrior who will not shrink from airing the stinking load of soiled laundry that is the Obama administration. He will not be silenced, he cannot be intimidated, he stubbornly refuses to be controlled. He will say that which they dread to hear. He is their worst nightmare sprung to life.
When Newt exercised power what did he do? what were the results of what he did? Were you pleased? These are the true measure of the man.
If we fail to support Mr Gingrich at this critical time I feel we will be abandoning our one best hope to stop this nations slide into an immoral abyss. We will have cried out for a champion to save us, and then when God raised up a Gideon, we refused him because he was not a perfect man.
There was ever only one perfect man.....all the rest can only beg forgiveness and strive to do the best they can.
(Gideon, from the Hebrew: which means Destroyer, Mighty warrior, or Feller of trees)
I’d say boycott Nightline, but not many people watch network TV in the age of cable.
“He has addressed these issues before, and there is nothing new here”.
Where have I heard this before? BJ Clinton. No thanks.
This has been a street fight since Iowa. We’re talking about eye gouges, groin strikes, and choke holds. In between the eye gouging, groin striking, and choke holding, I think many of us have seen that Newt’s agenda is in alignment with ours. 100 tea party leaders have announced that they are endorsing Newt. They too have faith that Newt is the kind of street fighter we need to undo the damage done by this administration. Have faith.
From the look of her now, I’ll bet she was bitter pill when she was married to Newt. Self-hatred shows in her face.
If one doesn’t have respect for the other person... fine. To openly discuss a marriage and its failures.. you bring attention and scrutiny to yourself as well. Jane Wyman was obviously more “ladylike” and “discreet” about her private life and that should be applauded. IMHO.
Serial adulterer. I do care. So does my wife. So do people who practice family values, rather than just talk them.
No, Scythian, the GOP establishment isn’t “behind this.” Newt is.
Newt’s nastiness has been known for years, and he alone is responsible for his terrible choices of personal behavior, which is public knowledge. It’s silly to expect it to stay under the carpet in a Presidential race.
Do you seriously think it won’t be campaign fodder if he were to win the nomination? Let’s get it over with.
Newt is a flawed candidate. They all are. I want to gag when I see him with his nasty Callista.
But I’ll vote for him. I’m not looking for a saint, but someone with a good mind and a mean streak, so maybe he’s the best we can do this year. I hope he trounces both Romney and Obama.
I dont usually believe in boycotts, and I dont really believe this kind of pressure often works, though it sometimes does. But this time, I dont feel I have a choice. I called them twice so far today, and am going to call back several times when I get a minute here and there during the day. I also sent a fax. They have to get the message this is not acceptable. They will do the same thing later as the campaign moves ahead. The media is just as big an enemy to Newt as is obama we have to take action and teach them there are consequences for their actions.
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Time heals all wounds, NOT...
M.O. fits Axelrod IMHO.
Brevity is appreciated, and read more often! Get it?
I believe in repentance, Newt has said he has asked for forgiveness, I do not doubt that.
I do not care what happened before repentance.
What he did before repentance maybe disgusting but it was not illegal.
Therefore, I do not care.
Spare us this sort of thing, please!!
But he sucks less than the rest.
I swore after the last election that I was never again going to vote for a candidate who made me "hold my nose" when pulling the lever. Four years later I am in the exact same spot, being asked to vote for the 2012 McCain (either Romney or Gingrich) neither of whom I can support except as a defense against an Obama reelection. In the case of Gingrich, I think the man is an amoral scuzzball who will say or do anything to promote himself, and yet I am expected to wear a gas mask mask while voting and pull the lever for him.
I am not so sanguine that this is doing the right thing for my Country.
Like Limbaugh is saying. Most voters knew of Newts past before all of this and they want someone who will fight the Democrat machine. Not someone who never sinned and won’t fight. Apparently, ABC wanted to take Romney out first with his Cayman Island money story and then Newt next with the ex wife story. But Drudge beat them to the punch and forced them to do the Newt story first.
What a low-life bytch. She needs to let go and get on with her life. I guess ABC gave her a million or so for the interview to try and destroy Newt’s chances at the White House. Sad. Can you imagine that wench as First Lady. Well, on second thought, she would be an improvement on the butt ugly character that has never “been proud of my country”.
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