Sunday, November 27, 2011

GINGRICH for PRESIDENT ????

I chanced upon an interesting coterie of Gingrich nuggets while digesting the Union Leaders Op -Ed page that suggested they endorsed Gingrich because of his " Character ."

Here are some Gingrich items, all substantiated by reams of background information, that I was not that familiar with . It is truly a political chamber of horrors:

Adultery

Tim Burger and Owen Moritz, NY Daily News, August 12, 1999
Andy Soltis, NY Post August 12, 1999

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. Bisek, 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 the 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. Gingrich had been married all that time and only filed for divorce in 1999

Newt is trying to create a new hybrid form, Christian adultery. According to MSNBC, Bisek sings in the National Shrine Choir and Newt would meet her at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and listen to her sing while he read the bible.

" It was common knowledge that Newt was involved with other women during his first marriage. One woman, Anne manning , has already confirmed an affair with Newt at that time

Family Values ?

" He walked out in the spring of 1980..By September, I went to 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, " said his first wife, Jackie. She had to later take Newt to court to get him to pay his child support so Jackie could pay the utility bill
Newt later said of his first wife " She isn't young enough or pretty enough to be the President's wife."
His second wife , Marianne, said " I don't want him to be President and I don't think he should be ."

Banking Scandal

During the House banking scandal in 1992, where so many congressmen wrote rubber checks on government money, Gingrich bounced 22 checks plus his vote on a secret pay raise for the House.

Murdochs' Book Deal

Here's an interesting tidbit.

In 1995, Rupert Murdoch was having regulatory problems with NBC claiming Fox News was Foreign Owned which is against U.S law. Typically, Murdoch offered lucrative book deals with leaders in countries like the U.K and China to solve his regulatory problems . Murdoch used his control of publisher Harper Collins in these efforts.

Murdoch offered $ 2.5 MM to Newt for his book and then raised the ante to $ 4.5 MM. When the details of the book deal were made public, Gingrich met personally with Murdoch on a park bench and negotiated an equally lucrative royalties based pay out.

In an earlier book deal in 1984, Gingrich's administrative assistant resigned over the ethics of using U.S taxpayer equipment to publish a personal book for profit

GOPAC

Even more sleaze, if you can believe it;

Newt in his political career was the king of using tax-payer subsidized donations for his personal and political purposes. He evidently even hijacked not one but two charities for poor inner city kids and used their donations for his personal goals

GOPAC was Newts long time political action committee. In an act of incredible hypocrisy, this crusader against taxes obtained taxpayer subsidies for his personal and political goals , by misusing these tax exempt groups GOPAC paid for a television program promoting a " grassroots"movement to reform government; publicly they claimed it was non partisan, but privately internal documents proved otherwise. When the program got too expensive , they transferred it to the " Abraham Lincoln Opportunity Foundation ", a tax -exempt group controlled by a GOPAC official named Bo Callaway. This group had been set up years earlier to help inner city kids , which is why it was tax exempt. The group spent $ 260,000 on the program in 1990. That same year, Newt started another tax exempt group that paid poor students for reading books. Most of this foundations money went to a former Gingrich aide who was Newt's official biographer.

There is lots more . The Gingrich sewer has just been opened the stench is beginning to rise.

CraigS


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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

First time I read the name of a new woman connected to Gingrich in an affair, Ann Manning. This is not the name of either of the two women Gingrich is widely known for having affairs with. Ofcourse, this shouldn't be a surprise. There are probably more women out there who've had affairs with Gingrich.

It looks like Gingrich had the same problem as Clinton. And Newt criticized Bill for his behavior. But both of them misbehaved when they thought no one was looking. These are not trustworthy people.

Then there's these corruption issues with Newt, like with the secret ballot for a House pay raise. All the while Mitt Romney worked for nothing as Governor and head of the Salt Lake Games, scandal free!

Those who thinks Mitt Romney is not the best candidate running are just fooling themselves. Anyone who doesn't admit this is just being deliberately stubborn for whatever reason.

Anonymous said...

The conservative media all know the Newt baggage from A to Z, yet they are not writing about it. Maybe a little bit here and there, but he's getting a huge pass so far.

Any one of these issues should be enough to sink him. We'll see what happens.

Mark Sanford was swiftly kicked to the curb over one affair. He was ruled out post haste, but didn't have anything remotely close to Newt's problems.

-Martha

Anonymous said...

I also have a tough time believing Newt--who cheated on wives for over 20 years, is a changed man. We're supposed to think he's Mr. Repentant, and no longer a creeper. Hard to believe for me.

But adultery aside, his lack of morality in his political life is enough to disqualify him.

-Martha

-Martha

Anonymous said...

Anyone looking into Obama's past girlfriends? How about his grades? I am sick to death of Conservatives tearing each other apart. Our main concern should be getting Obama OUT of the white house!!! Sure, this crap matters, but why not go after the guy we're running against. Why provide fuel for the bonfire they will throw, no matter who our nominee is? I think we need to refocus our energies on digging up everything we can on the cretin now in office and stop giving the bad guys what they need to go after us - and this will be the dirtiest campaign in the history of our nation, let there be no doubt! ANYBODY BUT OBAMA is my mantra. Frankly, I think the country is so fed up with this guy and that horrible wife of his that they'd vote my dog into the white house. The only way Obama can win is if they stuff the ballot boxes even worse than they did the last time. We should make a strenuous and concerted effort to have poll watchers in all questionable locaations, which means all blue to purple states! ABO!!!!

Anonymous said...

Michelle Obama is not horrible, though. And Obama has no past adultery problems, either. They appear to be a very happily married couple, and good parents.

We can't run the worst wife-cheater in our party against the Obamas. The optics are TERRIBLE.

-Martha

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