Newt Gingrich's personal life has become an issue. What a surprise! I was waiting to see how long it would take. Personally, I would rather have the candidates and media focus on what is needed to make America great again, instead of this sideshow. Marianne Gingrich, the former Speaker's second wife, has made allegations in an ABC interview about her relationship with her former husband, which has turned into a "he said, she said." She has accused him of requesting an open marriage and asking for a divorce shortly after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. During the South Carolina debate Gingrich denied the allegations.
There is a question of her credibility since in a July 2000 Associated Press article it was reported that "Marianne Gingrich disclosed Tuesday that she has suffered from neurological problems that could be a precursor to multiple sclerosis...Such an episode could represent a single event, perhaps related to a viral infection, or be a forerunner of multiple sclerosis." Considering they were divorced in the late 1990's, it does not appear that her recollections during the recent interview are accurate.
She is definitely no Puritan, considering she was involved with Gingrich at the time of his divorce from his first wife. Vanity Fair reported in September 1995 that she had an affair with an Ohio married man, the father of three children, before she met Gingrich. I guess she is attracted to men with families.
The question becomes, why is she doing this interview now? Is it vengeance? I guess hell hath no fury like the scorn of a woman. A consideration should be what his daughter Jackie told American Thinker for another article, that her dad "has changed a lot and is much different than he was back then." For most Americans that is "a change they can believe in."