Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Newt Gingrich, Family Values, And Hypocrisy

I thought this was interesting - Elyse Siegel wrote an article for The Huffington Post discussing an Esquire article about Newt Gingrich's personal life with details from his ex-wife Marianne Gingrich, in which she told the magazine about her husband's affairs - Gingrich, a conservative who tried to build himself up as a model family man had the audacity to ask his wife to tolerate his affair.
Early in May, she went out to Ohio for her mother's birthday. A day and a half went by and Newt didn't return her calls, which was strange. They always talked every day, often ten times a day, so she was frantic by the time he called to say he needed to talk to her.

"About what?"

He wanted to talk in person, he said.

"I said, 'No, we need to talk now.' "

He went quiet.

"There's somebody else, isn't there?"

She kind of guessed it, of course. Women usually do. But did she know the woman was in her apartment, eating off her plates, sleeping in her bed?

She called a minister they both trusted. He came over to the house the next day and worked with them the whole weekend, but Gingrich just kept saying she was a Jaguar and all he wanted was a Chevrolet. " 'I can't handle a Jaguar right now.' He said that many times. 'All I want is a Chevrolet.' "

He asked her to just tolerate the affair, an offer she refused.

He'd just returned from Erie, Pennsylvania, where he'd given a speech full of high sentiments about compassion and family values.
Can anyone say "hypocrite?"

1 comment:

  1. Why say hypocrite when Gingrich means the same thing?

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