Claims to fame: Speaker of the House during Reagan era; adulterer; divorcé; hypocrite; creep
Moral apex: Multiple extramarital affairs & paid trysts with prostitutes. Serial divorcé.
Depends on what the definition of “is” is moment: Campaign worker Anne Manning told Vanity Fair in 1977 that she gave Newt head during his first marriage. Said Manning: “We had oral sex. He prefers that modus operandi because then he can say, ‘I never slept with her.’”
Rearranging deck chairs: Dumped first wife Jackie to marry second wife Marianne. Dumped second wife Marianne to marry third wife Callista, with whom he’d been having a five-year affair. Yet, during affair with Callista, dedicated his 1998 book, Lessons Learned the Hard Way, to Marianne, “the woman I love” and “my best friend and closest advisor.”
Height of hypocrisy: Was humping congressional aide Callista Bisek (23 years his junior) in his D.C. apartment while publicly condemning President Clinton for his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Peak of compassionate conservatism: Served Jackie divorce papers while she was in hospital bed, just out of surgery for uterine cancer.
“‘Sorry about the cancer darling, but about that divorce’ delivered to his wife in a hospital doesn’t quite capture the ‘in sickness and in health’ line of the sacred marriage vows he swore to uphold.”
— Clinton Fein
“Marriage, Once,” HERO Magazine
Reprise of compassionate conservatism: After Marianne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Newt asked her for divorce. By phone. On Mother’s Day, 1999.
Fun fact #1: Co-sponsored federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Fun fact #2: His half-sister is a lesbian, LGBT-rights activist Candace Gingrich.
Suggested Bible reading for Mr. Gingrich:
I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
— Jeremiah 23:14