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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Newt Gingrich’s Ex-Wife, Marianne, in Context

Newt Gingrich met Marianne in the early ’80s, she married him in 1981, just six months after his much-publicized divorce from his first wife. She was a constant advisor to Gingrich and even acted as his business partner in some of his book deals.

But marriage wasn’t easy. Susan Baer, writing in the Baltimore Sun in the mid-90s, described their marriage as “rocky.” Here’s how The Los Angeles Times described it in 1995.
A few years ago, Marianne conceded difficulties in maintaining a marriage to a man who has spoken in all apparent seriousness of wanting to “shift the entire planet.”
In 1989 comments reprinted in a recent Washington Post profile of him, she said their relationship had been “off and on for some time.”
“You marry to get married, not because you want to ‘change the world,’ ” she said. Her husband calculated then that the marriage had a 53% chance of surviving. (“And Now . . . The Other Mrs. Gingrich; She May Not Be a Household Name–Yet–But Those in the Know Say Marianne Gingrich Has Significant Influence on Her Husband’s Decisions,” The Los Angeles Times, January 17, 1995).
But Marianne Gingrich was quoted in a Vanity Fair article that she would work to “undermine everything” if her then-husband Gingrich ran for president. She immediately played damage control: ”I never said that I wouldn’t support him, which is kind of taken out of context, and I never said that I didn’t want to go to the White House,” Gingrich told TV’s Hard Copy in an interview. ”But I have said that it’s not one of my goals. I love my friends. I have a good life. Newt’s involved with making a difference. I enjoy the life, my life, the way it is now.”

Who could blame her? As she fundraised for charities, she was also getting rich off her husband’s connections. In September 1997, Moneymagazine reported that Marianne Gingrich “made more than $5,000 in three months last year by quickly trading obscure stocks underwritten by a firm owned by a generous contributor to her husband’s political action committees.”


And there is this...

US News & World Report: Newt Ally Calls Ex-Wife Unstable, Unhinged

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