Roland Martin and Will Cain join Don Lemon in the CNN Newsroom to discuss GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s alleged redesigned campaign strategy, rise in the polls as well as the Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac fee controversy.
Several newspapers are now reporting that Newt Gingrich is dating and
basically living with Callista Bisek, a “willowy blond Congressional
aide 23 years his junior.” Biske, 33, has been
spending nights at Gingrich’s apartment near the Capitol and has her own
key. In an amazing act of hypocrisy, Gingrich was apparently dating
Bisek all during Clinton-Lewinsky
adultery scandal, even as he proclaimed family values and bitterly
criticized the President for his adultery.
Reporters and other Washington insiders have known about this
relationship since 1994, even before Gingrich became Speaker of the
House, but did not have any solid proof to report.
In 1995, Vanity Fair magazine described Bisek as Gingrich’s “frequent
Gingrich was married to Marianne Gingrich during all of that time, and
just filed for divorce in August 1999.
Newt is apparently trying to create a new hybrid form, Christian
adultery. According to MSNBC, Bisek sings in the National Shrine Choir,
and Newt would often wait for her at the Shrine of the Immaculate
Conception, listening to her sing while he read the Bible.
This is hardly the first time Newt has cheated, either. “It was common
knowledge that Newt was involved with other women during his [first]
marriage to Jackie.
Maybe not on the level of John Kennedy. But he had girlfriends — some
serious, some trivial.” — Dot Crews, his campaign scheduler throughout
One woman, Anne Manning, has come forward and confirmed a relationship
with him during the 1976 campaign. “We had oral sex. He prefers that
modus operandi because then he can say, ‘I never slept with her.'”
Kip Carter, his former campaign treasurer, was walking Newt’s daughters
back from a football game one day and cut across a driveway where he
saw a car.
“As I got to the car, I saw Newt in the passenger seat and one of the
guys’ wives with her head in his lap going up and down.
Newt kind of turned and gave me this little-boy smile. Fortunately,
Jackie Sue and Kathy were a lot younger and shorter then.”
Family Values? Pressing Wife for Divorce in the Hospital:
“He walked out in the spring of 1980…. By September, I went into the
hospital for my third surgery. The two girls came to see me, and said,
“Daddy is downstairs. Could he come up?” When he got there, he wanted
to discuss the terms of the divorce while I was recovering from my
surgery.” – Jackie, his first wife.
The hospital visit wasn’t the end of it, either. Jackie had to take
Newt to court to get him to contribute for bills, as utilities were
about to be cut off.
Though he relentlessly pushes military spending and talks like a bigtime
hawk, Gingrich avoided the Vietnam War through a combination of student
and family deferments. (He married one of his teachers at age 19.)
Problems With Women?
Newt pressed his first wife to sign divorce papers while she was still
in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery. He also graciously said
“She isn’t young enough or pretty enough to be the President’s wife.”
But his second marriage hasn’t been that smooth either. Newt and
Marianne have been separated – “frankly”, she told the Washington Post
in June 1989, “it’s been on and off for some time.”
Does Newt have some kind of problem with women? He has said that he
read a book called “Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them”, and
“found frightening pieces that related to my own life.”
Incidentally, Marianne told Gail Sheehy she doesn’t want Newt to run for
President. ” I told him if I’m not in agreement, fine, it’s easy. I
just go on the air the next day, and I undermine everything. … I
don’t want him to be president and I don’t think he should be.” Newt’s
response? Marianne “was just making the point hypothetically” that he
would not run unless she agreed he should.
House Banking Scandal: Newt Bounced 22 Checks
Remember the House Banking scandal, where so many congressmen wrote
rubber checks on government money? Newt hopes you don’t, because he
bounced 22 himself, which almost cost him reelection in 1992. His vote
for the secret House pay raise, and the chauffeur who drove him around
Washington in a Lincoln Town Car, didn’t help.
in response to John:
your high school teacher turns your head, you get married , now all the mockers laugh cause it was based on sex, not for love. My algebra II teach liked to sit in-front of class on her desk. Like as liberals have such refined morays.
Oh on the bouncing check “scandal’ quoted by so many: not only were the twenty democrats above him on a list of “bouncers” bigger users of the program by a factor of from 20 to 40 times (996 to 22) more then newt, it was put into practice and used the way it was designed. Progressives, what pansies.
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