Newt Gingrich wanted 'open marriage,' ex-wife says
January 19th, 2012
03:07 PM ET
8 years ago

Newt Gingrich wanted 'open marriage,' ex-wife says

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich offered his second wife a choice of an open marriage or a divorce when he revealed to her he was having an affair with the woman he later made his third wife, Marianne Gingrich said in interviews with ABC News and the Washington Post.

A day after he told his wife about his affair with Callista Bisek in May 1999, the former House speaker delivered a speech titled "The Demise of American Culture" to a group of Republican women in Pennsylvania, the Washington Post reported Thursday.


Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
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  1. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Well Well What do we have here????????? Poor Newt had a extramarital affair with then-congressional aide Callista Bisek during Bill Clinton's impeachment proceedings. Will America and the new give Newt a pass moral value and say it OK that in the pass . while the News Media and some American said Mr. Herman Cain was wrong to do the same. Maybe because Newt is of European decent. Go tell tell it on the mountain top.

    January 19, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    willie floyd

    I'm sure you've done a very thorough fact check on that ignorant statement??? What garbage!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    nope. the right wing blogosphere is his source of information. He types into Google.."Obama scandals""Obama drug addiction""Obama devil woship" and the tripe pops up like nobodies business.

    January 19, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. kayla

    i love it when these idiots try to focus attention on the president, it will not work
    OBAMA 2012

    January 19, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Jules

    To Vic in Nashville, the Gingrich daughters were the product of his first marriage to Jackie, the one with cancer. Marianne is his second wife who has MS – diagnosed before he left her for his mistress of 7 years. This is from the party that holds itself morally superior to the other party. It is the most hypocritical group of people ever. The gringrich daughters refuse to say anything negative about their father's second wife. They are both part of the Gingrich campaign and were sent out to try and blunt the damage.

    January 19, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Jules

    To November 2012 – do you really think that the Clinton machine wouldn't have used something like what you are talking about or the GOP machine in 2008? The Gingrich problems are all well known as fact. That he was removed as Speaker by his own party should tell you all you need to know. Also – let's hear about the money that Romney put offshore so he didn't have to pay any questions? When does this investigation start?

    January 19, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Hammerer

    This is the same bunch that screamed to leave Billy alone. His personal actions hav e nothing to do with ability.
    Different story now, huh?

    January 19, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. SafeJourney

    So if Newt won the election, what would Callista's title be? First lady or firstmistress? Really??? Is this the type of people we want representing America?

    January 19, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Dr. Phil

    Howard, you are a certified idiot. Look around you... Did you make all your millions under Bush? or do you have so much hate in you that you are willing to look at the facts? You will always be behind in all your endeavors because of your blind vision to see the truth.

    January 19, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. The Elephant In The Room

    Do Republicans want to stand for anything?

    Thw GOP has so damaged its brand:

    Ms. $2 /gallon gas Michele Bachmann got serious consideration in this party.

    Mr. "I`ll beat up the Fed Chairman" Rick Perry got serious consideration,

    And now they have the temerity to name a serial philanderer, who could not be faithful to his wife, as their next serious candidate. This from the party that brags about it`s "family values". What a bunch of hypocrits.

    January 19, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Sheretta

    Obama got my vote

    January 19, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. chris

    False outrage. Do you want a President or a MinisterV

    January 19, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Ed 1

    Again one side of the story just another bitter woman who couldn't keep her man.

    Why wait until now must have switched over to the DEM side just in time for their debate.

    What a waste of time that has already been spent on this so called news story.

    CNN you are still number one in so called reporting the up to the minute news stories that make a difference in this troubled Country.

    January 19, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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