Newt Gingrich Wanted an Open Marriage, Claims His Ex-Wife
Gingrich used to be married to Marianne Gingrich (the two met and started an affair while Gingrich was married to his first wife, who was suffering from cancer at the time). As the cover of this week's Us tells us, cheaters never really reform, and during his marriage to Marianne he began a six-year affair with a Capitol Hill staffer, Callista Bisek. She was 23 years his junior, and Gingrich kept up the affair while he was investigating the circumstances of President Clinton's oral affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Marianne found out, and she tells ABC News that Gingrich tried to save the marriage by suggesting an open marriage. From the LA Times:
"I said to him, 'We've been married a long time.' And he said, 'Yes, but you want me all to yourself,' " Marianne Gingrich told the network.
She said her husband responded that the other woman "doesn't care what I do."
"He was asking to have an open marriage and I refused," she said. "That is not a marriage."
Of course, Gingrich is a vocal opponent of gay marriage and has called it an "aberration."
Meanwhile, on the other end of the tip, Rick Santorum is going around claiming that the only woman he's ever even sat on a couch with is his wife, which is just sad for completely different reasons. Santorum's idea of swinging is probably two couples getting together for board game night, and switching partners for Pictionary.
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