Thursday, March 08, 2007


A Tad Rich

Another *Christian Conservative* comes clean. In what can best be billed as turnabout, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has admitted to having an extramarital affair even as he led the charge against President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair, he acknowledged in an interview with a conservative Christian group.

Reports of extramarital affairs have dogged him for years as a result of two messy divorces, but he has refused to discuss them publicly. Gingrich, who frequently campaigned on family values issues, divorced his second wife, Marianne, in 2000 after his attorneys acknowledged Gingrich's relationship with his current wife, Callista Bisek, a former congressional aide more than 20 years younger than he is.

His first marriage, to his former high school geometry teacher, Jackie Battley, ended in divorce in 1981. Although Gingrich has said he doesn't remember it, Battley has said Gingrich discussed divorce terms with her while she was recuperating in the hospital from cancer surgery.

May the last remaining moral purist on the right not the door hit them on the way out.

As mentioned elsewhere, it turns out the only Republican front runner with one wife is the Morman.
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