republican family values

Newt Gingrich Was Aspiring Polygamist in Nineties, Ex-Wife Says

Special 'Newt' discount if your wife is ill!

The density of swollen piglet Newt Gingrich’s sleaziness is apparently such that there are still, ten years later, more awful details of his second divorce that America had not yet learned: ex-wife Marianne Gingrich told ABC News that before Newt left her, he asked her to just be cool about the whole affair thing and try sharing him with other women. This sounds like the sort of argument that Newt concluded with a whimpering, “but that’s how Thomas Jefferson’s marriage worked, in history!” And now, today, no one in America is laughing harder than Marianne Gingrich, because this sordid little revelation has won the news cycle timing jackpot and immediately reduced Newt’s endorsement from Rick Perry to sullen ashes.

Keep your barf bag nearby:

In her most provocative comments, the ex-Mrs. Gingrich said Newt sought an “open marriage” arrangement so he could have a mistress and a wife.

She said when Gingrich admitted to a six-year affair with a Congressional aide, he asked her if she would share him with the other woman, Callista, who is now married to Gingrich.

“And I just stared at him and he said, ‘Callista doesn’t care what I do,'” Marianne Gingrich told ABC News. “He wanted an open marriage and I refused.”

Marianne described her “shock” at Gingrich’s behavior, including how she says she learned he conducted his affair with Callista “in my bedroom in our apartment in Washington.”

“He always called me at night,” she recalled, “and always ended with ‘I love you.’ Well, she was listening.”

And just in case your breakfast is still managing to cling for dear life to your stomach walls, the Washington Post dug up this excerpt from the speech Newt Gingrich gave the day after he told Marianne he wanted a divorce because he was having an affair:

“When a liberal talks about values, will he or she actually like us to teach American history?” Gingrich told the women’s group. “Will they actually like young people to learn that George Washington was an ethical man? A man of standards, a man who earned the right to be father of this country?”

Ha ha, and this is why a space cultist and his moon underpants will be able to win the Republican nomination this year. [ABC News/ WaPo]

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          1. walterhwhite

            Ha ha. I drive by a huge Mormon temple on my way home (near Belmont, MA) and always give a shoutout to the Angel "Moron."

    1. Terry

      The idea that he got at least three women to have sex with him is both repellent and unbelievable. I guess we found out how he did it when the whole Tiffany's thing came to light.

    1. Urban_Achiever

      Newt: And I think if I were a millionaire I could hook that up, too; 'cause chicks dig dudes with money.

      Rick Perry: Well, not *all* chicks.

      Newt: Well, the type of chicks that'd double up on a dude like me do.

      Rick Perry: Good point.

    2. Tundra Grifter


      Sorry to be the one to tell ya, Newt. But one million wouldn't be enough. You're no Hugh Hefner.

    3. Swampgas_Man

      Well, Newt's got more than 1 million now; so how many babes are crushing their gag reflex for a shot at him? WHO WANTS TO FUCK A MILLIONAIRE?

  1. Wilcoxyz

    Before he said he wanted a Chevy instead of a Jaguar. But now it's sounding like he just wanted to keep the Jag in the garage.

      1. James Michael Curley

        What is it about Brit Cars in the youth of so many assumed reasonable people. Drove an MG-TC for a while in Pittsburgh over the cobblestone streets (many gone now). Would let off a date and say, "I'll be in as soon as I put these parts back on."

        1. Biff

          Mine was a TD with no side curtains. When it rained, the passenger's job was to operate the windscreen wipers manually because it never had enough manifold vacuum to do the job. Fun car, other than that.

  2. Fukui_sanYesOta

    Gingrich (ˈɡɪŋɡrɪtʃ), n.

    Philandering, hypocritical lard-tub with an aversion to blahs.

      1. tealsheart

        Ain't nothing swinging but the rent.

        I think his name ought 2B "RingRich" cause you know, he negotiates diamonds for sex and other stuff.

    1. Mahousu

      Said with the right tone, that could be an effective threat: "You know, Marianne, Thomas Jefferson's wife died. Is that what you want?"

      Plus, Newt probably thought he owned Callista. Until, that is, he found out that she was Tiffany's property.

  3. smashedinhat

    Some day, when we all least expect it, the camera will catch Newt's tongue whipping out and licking his eyeball. I mean, what else could explain this repugnant little poison bag getting any?

    1. Guppy

      Power as aphrodisiac.

      Why else run for the presidency than a desire to have enough power to trade Callista in for a newer model?

    2. MozakiBlocks

      Good God, but that's a horrifying mental image to give your fellow Wonketteers. Have you no mercy?

    3. Swampgas_Man

      If you pay for it in cash, you're a john; if you pay for it in diamonds, you're. . . well, you're a RICH john.

  4. TeaNuts

    Just when we thought things were going to get dull, can we throw some dirty, dirty sheep into the mix?

  5. Goonemeritus

    Newt the swinger, imagine for a moment you are the poor women pulling those keys out of the bowl. If there ever was an event that would change a life and demand a long period of introspection that has to be it.

    1. RedneckMuslin

      Yeah, he's got women orbiting around him from the gravitational pull. Calista was just a Nibiru.

    2. Trinket

      EW EW EW

      Seriously, how the fuck does this guy get any tail, much less enough to have problems handling it?

      That said, when are we going to find out about his current mistress?

    3. tealsheart

      Pimp Daddie Gingrich! Has a high sexDrive. I'll have to be pretty fucked-up to even think about it.

      Smoke it if ya got it

  6. chicken_thief

    Believe me, I am no fan of Newt's, but come on, Marianne – he left a cancer stricken woman for YOU. Why wouldn't he take a shot and see if you'd be cool with him boning Callista, and whoever else, on the side?

    1. pdiddycornchips

      Whateves, she timed it perfectly. Newt's a douche but we've always known that. What will all those Evangelicals, who, it must be said, are barely more literate than a common wombat, do now? They might not read too much but they have opposable thumbs, they can work a TV clicker. How will they react? They have to choose between a Catholic true believer, a Mormon and Newt. The first one actually believes what he says which is scary. The Mormon is scary because you can't believe anything he says and Newt, who's problem is the people that know him best
      hate him the most.

  7. MissTaken

    Nothing says romance like getting banged by a fat fuck of a toad while he's on the phone to his current wife.

    1. SorosBot

      It's all for true love – of diamonds.

      And ugh he is such a fat fuck; these mental images are really disrupting my sex drive.

        1. SorosBot

          Mmm, now thoughts of Michelle's fine body, that can get me roaring again. And those two are both so good looking; you know they've got a happy sex life.

          1. MissTaken

            I love when there's pics of Barack watching Michelle give a speech. He looks at her like he's still amazed she chose him. So adorable.

      1. widestanceshakedown

        She knew for sure he was adulterizing while on the phone because he always farts when he's done.

        1. Toomush_Infer

          Shame! Shame on you….this sir, is past the pale….my brain kind of melted into turdjuice at this one…

        2. tealsheart

          Damn. Had different effect. I laffed, cause I know his azz trading diamonds for sex. No! for head. (can I say that here) Just laying there like a tub of lard. The Mrs. Newt, (who by the way surgicaly alter her face – so that he would never be able to see how disgusted she really is, so let's not make it worst for her by laffing at it), she has to do it with the lizardLikeCreature, she always stares at her diamonds, focusing on what is important, as always. Been there, done that. That last part, I mean.

          As Ms. Tawd Palin would say on such an occassion, “There are no coincidences”. And I believe her, she's proven it time and time again. still.

          1. Negropolis

            she has to do it with the lizardLikeCreature, she always stares at her diamonds, focusing on what is important…

            Ha! Good one.

    2. Not_So_Much

      Explains why the FemBot Callista has eyes that are expressionless and dead inside. She's seen things nobody should ever have to see…

      1. GOPCrusher

        Maybe that's why Newt requests two bathrooms while he's on the road. One for each woman for the after-action cleanup.

  8. freakishlywrong

    We all know Newt is a hate n' bile filled corrupt goiter. But, really, what's Callista's excuse for this christian behavior?

    1. Tundra Grifter

      So far, none of the GNoPee presidential candidates have turned up any grunted ex-wives, girl friends, mistresses or victims.

    2. flamingpdog

      Oh man, this thread is getting so bad that I couldn't even read your comment without thinking "Newt" and seeing disgruntled. Excuse while I barf.

  9. SorosBot

    Newt, common courtesy suggests that your should bring up the topic of an open marriage before sleeping with someone else, not after doing so for six years.

    1. freakishlywrong

      And impeaching a Democratic president while you're lobbying for an open marriage an cheating on your wife. Really, for fucks sake.

      1. GOPCrusher

        Think Bill will be sitting on his couch in his apartment, watching the interview while enjoying a cigar, and laughing his ass off?

    2. Ruhe

      How would that conversation have gone? "Honey, I've been thinking…I'm such a douche bag and all that I think maybe…"

      1. chicken_thief

        It probably would have started out something like: "Hey, Marianne, remember back when my first wife was in the hospital and I was fucking the shit out of you? Well, fundamentally…."

      2. tessiee

        Besides being a fat turd, Newt's such a hypocrite that I'm guessing it went like:
        Newt: Boy, that Bill Clinton sure is a scumbag!
        Wife: I guess.
        Newt: Imagine a guy who cheats on his wife!
        Wife: Yeah.
        Newt: I mean, you'd be against a guy cheating on his wife, right, Honey?

    3. IceCreamEmpress

      No wonder he's so obsessed with time travel and alternate universes!

      He's just trying to get to that one universe where Newt Gingrich isn't an irredeemably corrupt sack of bile who pulls a grand slam of the Seven Deadly Sins every day before breakfast.

      (What he doesn't know is that in that universe, fetus-Newt's chromosomes got scrambled and his job is rearranging shopping carts. He's still the best Newt Gingrich in the multiverse, though.)

  10. SayItWithWookies

    Newt wanted his wife and his girlfriend to share him so they could each have half a man — as it happens, that's what Callista ended up with anyway.

  11. PeaceWithHonor

    Vote for One:

    Ayn's Racist Love Baby
    Frothy Mix
    Sleazier Than All-of-the-Above

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      If they put "none of the above" on the S.C. ballot, the results would probably be hilarious.

    2. Designer_Rants

      I love the brevity, but some days I prefer descriptive nicknames, too.

      Vote for One:

      Rascally Ron – Ayn's Racist Love Baby (Now: More Paranoia)
      Religious Rick – Bedroom Closet Peeper, Beastiality Storyteller
      Mittens – Semi-Humanoid Corporate Entity, Draft & Tax Dodger
      Nasty Newt – Skillful Liar, Sleazier Than All-of-the-Above

  12. RedneckMuslin

    Maybe he meant they could both share the chore of tying his shoes because you know that fat fucker can't do it himself.

  13. widestanceshakedown

    On the one hand, this woman was wronged by a lying hypocritical slab of ugly, on the other hand, SHE'S SEEN AND TOUCHED NEWT'S DICK, SHE MARRIED HIM AS HIS SECOND WIFE, SHE IS INSANE.

    1. chicken_thief

      Newt the Hound Dog SURGES into the lead!!! Sorry, I don't know how to embed the link, but both Rasmussen (who cares?) and PPP have him ahead of what's his name – the guy that finished SECOND in Iowa, in SC polling.

      The swinger vote, perhaps?!!!

  14. Baconzgood

    If Callista was a-ok with it then, it stands to reason that now…..*shutter*…I think I'm going to be sick.

    1. tealsheart

      See if you had a Tiffany's Line of credit, you would NEVER have to masterBate, cause like Newt, you would have the bait

  15. Beowoof

    Washington was an ethical man, he just liked banging the slave chicks. Gets cold out in the slave quarters though and I heard he got sick from being out there naked.

    1. IceCreamEmpress

      Either you misspelled "Jefferson" or you've been reading more interesting books about Washington than I have!

      1. Beowoof

        There are descendents of Washington's slaves who claim that George fathered his only son with one of their ancestors. The story was George was always out in the slave quarters banging the help and led to his getting sick. Most historians don't buy the story.

  16. lefty74

    Too bad he wasn't Newtered as a pup. His old man said he used to take half hour showers, use up a half bottle of shampoo, and come out with dry hair.

  17. Tundra Grifter

    Sheer InSannity's idea of defending Ole Newt is "Hey – his wife wasn't dying of cancer when he served her the divorce papers! She's still alive."

    Oh. Well, that makes it all OK, now doesn't it.

    Is anyone else getting such a kick out the ringing endorsements coming in for Ole Newt? "Nobody's perfect." Or "We know all the problems with all the candidates." Or "Old news."

    This is the guy they think is qualified to be President of these United States?

    Finally, I'm sure Ole Newt is thrilled to have Gov. Perry's endorsement. That 1% of the voting public should be enough to push him right over the top.

      1. RavenRant

        Or Obama being born in Kenya 50-odd years ago. Or being educated at a Muslim Madrassa 40-odd years ago. Or …

  18. elviouslyqueer

    Appearing at a campaign event in South Carolina on Thursday, the former speaker called the interview by his ex-wife “tawdry and inappropriate,” and refused to answer any questions about it.

    Um, Newt? Dr. Schaden is on line one, and would like to tell you to go freude yourself.

  19. mavenmaven

    He's very conservative and doesn't like change, thus he wanted to continue the legacy and cultural mores of the Seventies.

      1. Gunner Asch

        No, no, no. The 70's were pretty primo. Done w/ the Army & school, living in Bolinas and motorcycling over the hill to Sausalito for my job rebuilding Teletypes and smoking dope at lunch, then bicycling up the back side of Mt. Tamalpais on the weekends. I have no larger vision of heaven.

    1. tessiee

      "the legacy and cultural mores of the Seventies"

      On the plus side, $20 an ounce weed, no HIV, and a pre-Reagan economy.
      On the minus side, platform shoes, disco music, and white afros.
      What to do… what to do?

  20. Mumbletypeg

    Newt’s endorsement from Rick Perry

    "Rick who?" – – isn't as fun to say as, "Sarah Lou who?" – – but either way, more's the pity for whoever lands their 'endorsement.'

  21. Callyson

    “When a liberal talks about values, will he or she actually like us to teach American history?”
    Yes, and don't leave out recent historical events. You know, like the Clinton impeachment, and the members of Congress who supported it…while conducting affairs of their own…

    1. pdiddycornchips

      But he had to because he loves his country so much.

      Someday soon, when the revolution is over, his fellow prisoners will take turns donkey punching him until his head looks like a bowl of bloody oatmeal.

  22. UnholyMoses

    I blame Ron Jeremy for making fat and ugly guys think they, too, can get it on like a porn star.

    1. jus_wonderin

      I have to think that sex with Newt involves pulling a ladder out from under the bed and climbing on.

      1. widestanceshakedown

        And even after the Viagra kicks in, he still has to fold it in half and bind it with a rubber band so she stops asking if it's in.

  23. Geminisunmars

    “When a liberal talks about values, will he or she actually like us to teach American history?”

    Maybe I didn't get enough sleep or booze, but will someone explain to me what this question means?

  24. Wilcoxyz

    What's wrong with Washington? That some human turd like Newt gets more ass than he can handle. He doesn't understand the value of working for ass.

  25. paris biltong

    Not really qualified to cast the first stone here, but at least I was never as ugly or offensive as Newt, I think.

    1. chicken_thief

      Throw in JFK and the Dems will have as many marriages as Newt, regardless of how much pussy they got.

  26. IncenseDebate

    Apparently Santorum won by Iowa 69 which is Newt's favorite number.

    There, I just worked Santorum, 69, and Newt into a sentence. Anyone want lunch?

    1. smashaduck

      If by lunch you mean what Callista calls lunch, that is, vomitting and regurgitating the grape and saltine she had for dinner last night.. Still, nope.

  27. Ruhe

    “When a liberal talks about values, will he or she actually like us to teach American history?”

    Then Newt launched into a very long dissertation about the difference between eros and agape as understood by the Greeks and how that difference informs our own democracy to this very day. "While the so-called separation of church and state is a largely spurious argument the separation of a man's life into his matrimonial life and his "strange-on-the-side" life is a direct corollary of the constitutionally valid "separation of powers" principle."

  28. GlowneyHouse

    I guarantee South Carolinian GOP members would allow Newt's behavior quicker than they condone a black man in the White House.

    1. tessiee

      It's Sacralonna AND the GOP; they'd allow ritual sacrifices to Satan quicker than they'd condone a black man in the White House.

  29. Toomush_Infer

    But here's the real question – how much did Romney pay ABC to pay Newt II to bring out the soiled bedsheets?… just imagining that sidereal correspondence has to be worth 20 minutes of the best Hollywood dialogue ever written…

  30. UnholyMoses

    Can someone tell me what it takes to get a comment deleted by a mod? I just had one nixed.

    I mean, I'm not upset or anything. Hell, most of my comments should probably be deleted for not being funny.

    But cursing can't be the reason. I've included hyperlinks before, so that's not it. It wasn't spam, either, so … for future reference, what earns a comment deletion 'round 'bout these parts?

      1. UnholyMoses

        Oh … well then. That'd be the reason.

        Guess it wouldn't matter if it were in reference to a dachshund, and not a person, would it?

        Good to know, though, so thanks!!

    1. SorosBot

      It's usually an automatic thing; they've got filters to try and keep out spam (along with a certain word that caused controversy in the past) and sometimes regular comments get accidentally caught by them. I know I've had a few deleted which I realized used terms that are very common among spammers.

    1. tealsheart

      Yeap. Instead of divorcing the SICK WIFE, you stay married to her, but you are also free to marry another. (hopefully she's healthy&Rich).

  31. Dashboard Buddha

    Well…you CAN puke and laugh out loud at the same time. Who knew?

    Dude's got more baggage than Lady Gaga on a world tour. Wait…has he had an affair with her yet?

  32. Maman

    What does Newt think that Callista will do with her time as a potential first lady? Promote celibacy? Work with children? Be a goodwill ambassador (if you know what I mean…)

  33. Polythene_Pam

    As a woman, I just don't get it. I'm not all that shallow & superficial, but… How did three different women (at the very least) want to have sex with Newt at one time or another? It doesn't make any sense at all to me.

    1. IceCreamEmpress

      Well, the first wife was his high school teacher, so there's the Mary Kay Letourneau thing going on.

      The second wife? Shy, frumpy lady (at least so the pictures from that era suggest) who was probably bowled over by this self-assertive dude's being so into her. The fact that he was Sheer Evil didn't occur to her until she had already had children with him and what not.

      Callista is just following the orders of her shadowy lizard overlords of the Planet Zorg.

      1. RavenRant

        I think he only has children with the first wife. BTW, after that divorce, he had to be taken to court to force him to pay child support. I think that is worse than adultery.

        Although doing the mistress in the wife's bed is extra skeezy.

        1. IceCreamEmpress

          Oo, you're right about the kids.

          I think that a lot of people feel that marrying the person they cheated with "legitimizes" the relationship, so maybe it was just that she wanted to believe it was Twoo Wuv instead of Newt just being a sleazebag.

          But ugh. Ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh.

    2. tessiee

      "I'm not all that shallow & superficial, but… How did three different women […] want to have sex with Newt"

      I don't think it's strictly a looks thing. Newt reminds me of the scene in "Bad Santa" where the disgruntled elf tells Billy Bob Thornton's character: "Every single fuckin' thing about you is ugly. There is not one good thing about you — not one."

  34. Eve8Apples

    Newt to Marianne: "Oh, come on honey. All the Mormon boy candidates get to bang multiple chics. Why can't I? I promise I'll do extra chores around the house if you let me screw the staff! Goddamnit, this isn't fair!!!!"

  35. johnnymeatworth

    So it turns out his problem with "The Ethical Slut" was the word "ethical." Interesting….

  36. annettaj

    Ummmm Newt— doughy, spotted, cheating and smelling of bad history books.
    That's the way I like my men . . . .

  37. fartknocker

    Newt is just expressing his Republican Family Values. See page 4 of his Contract with America.

    1. Rotundo_

      Jeez, I keep having to correct people- It's Contract ON America, not Contract WITH America. And what was that called D'roit du seigneur? that's on page 4 on the family values under "Everyone is related to Newt!"

  38. thefrontpage

    Interestingly, in interviews today with CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, the AP, the UPI and ESPN, Mark Foley, Larry Craig, Don Sherwood, Anthony Weiner, Barney Frank, Keanu Reeve, Elton John, and RuPaul all said that Gingrich also wanted to be in an "open marriage" so he could have affairs with all of these men on the side, too!!

  39. coron4

    Patriotism = priapism. Gingrich has already made this clear, and if anything Jefferson should be a role model for genuine constitutionalists.

  40. Terry

    Not only did Newtie think an "open marriage" was a great idea, he also appears to subscribe to the idea that you dump a wife as soon as she's diagnosed with something serious (cancer, M.S.).

  41. carlgt1

    I suppose soon we'll hear about a "shocked & awed" Callista finding out Newt is cheating on her….

  42. Wadisay

    Newt, if you're reading this, before you exit the race and commit seppuku, could you please send over a copy of your marriage vows? Thanks so much. W

  43. Limeylizzie

    Swollen Piglet is surging to a tie with Mittens, please, please, oh editors, please Live Blog the debate tonight.

      1. Limeylizzie

        Hi Darling, I know I haven't been visiting quite as much, but I'll see you there tonight. Are you going to Red Tails this opening weekend? Well it's opening in NYC, so I will be there.

        1. Chet Kincaid

          Maybe we'll try and go to Red Tails as well. As for the liveblogs, I'm always watching actual-entertainment so I never join in, and then the comments go to 1,000 so they're difficult to read.

  44. owhatever

    Juaaannn. Newt said he was sorry and has been forgiven for being a liar, a racist, a cheat, a thief, an unethical politician for sale who was fired by his own colleagues, and a multiple adulterer. Nobody's perfect, and he's white and not a Mormon.

  45. SaintRond

    Not a very nice way to talk about the man who's going to be your next President, now is it?

    Give the man a chance. He loves his country so much, he actually got an erection from it. Have some charity, for Christ's sake.

  46. kingofmeh

    since when did wonkette become the advocate for marital fidelity? while gingrich's way of pursuing an "open marriage" (carrying on an affair for 6 years and then discussing it) shouldn't win any awards, the only real story here is that an advocate for family values and traditional marriage is a practitioner of neither.

    i'd rather see more focus on the hypocrisy than on the apparently "sordid" fact that newt discussed an open marriage with his second wife.

  47. a_pink_poodle

    That's as traditional as marriage gets! Kings took on multiple wives before the Roman Empire!

  48. chascates

    His daughters are standing by him so apparently Gingrich hasn't slept with them:
    “Both of my daughters are prepared to speak on the record to anyone who’d like to talk to them,” he said. “Several other people who knew the situation are prepared to speak on the record. I’m not getting involved."

  49. okie811

    I would much rather have an adulterer (remember Bill Clinton?) as President than the radical left-wing nutjob we currently have.

  50. Schmegeg

    So, if Newton actually loses S Carolina, does he have another younger version in the Bullpen? Will Callista consent to an open marriage? Or will it be more of the same for our hero.

    And how would an open marriage work in the White House these days. I bet Newt wished he had passed on the Belgian PhD dissertation and worked on JFK instead.

  51. fuflans


    and i am utterly shallow.

  52. tessiee

    "He doesn't understand the value of working for ass."

    Why, when *I* was a young maiden, we had to walk five miles in the snow for a piece of ass! rant… rave…

  53. tealsheart

    Speaking of pricks, someone, pls tell me, what's the deal with the little golden circle with the numbers and the 'p'.

    1. smashaduck

      It's your p-ness. Your commenter rating. Goes up. Goes down. Who can explain that? There's some math involved. Get people to like you and they upfist you….over there—-> to the far right of that bar with your name in it. Wonkette doesn't allow downfisting anymore. Some sites do. So some commenters, though awesome, have a low rating 'cause they pick fights at other blogs. IOW, if you're concerned about your rating, don't comment on old shit like I just did. … 'cause no one's around to upfist you.

  54. ttommyunger

    Sorry Marianne, I'd like to listen to your sad story, but every time I see your bloated ugly face I get this horrific vision of Newtie's wrinkled nut-sack on your chin; and you know where his teeny-tiny weenie has to be for that to happen….

  55. LesBontemps

    Well, there's your problem right there.

    Hey – some of us are eating drinking lunch here!


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