And then there are his personal peccadilloes. Just this week, Gingrich revealed that while Clinton was being hounded by congressional Republicans because of his dalliances with a zaftig valley girl, Gingrich himself was engaging in an extra-marital affair. When this information gets added to the shabbiness that surrounds his first divorce, an unflattering portrait emerges. ~Dean Barnett
How does someone “reveal” something that has almost certainly been common knowledge among politicos for a decade? How do we “add” this information to what we already knew about Gingrich, when it has been part of what we’ve known about Gingrich for a long time? In short, how little attention has Barnett been paying over the years if he finds this information either new or remarkable? There’s an even a Marvin Olasky column from 2002 that talks about Gingrich’s affair.
Marianne and Newt divorced in December, 1999 after Marianne found out about Newt’s long-running affair with Callista Bisek, his one-time congressional aide. Gingrich asked Marianne for the divorce by phoning her on Mother’s Day, 1999.