Politicians the world over have a wonderful capacity not to get too worried about a little bit of hypocrisy and of no one is that truer than the Republican Newt Gingrich, who is leading the fundraising pack in the quest for his party's next presidential nomination. Among his many policy claims, Gingrich is a family values man who repeatedly warns that President Obama’s "secular, socialist machine" is threatening to destroy America by undermining the Judeo-Christian "values" upon which the country was built. Now in an interview with Esquire, a former wife has given an insight into what his family values actually mean as she was told by the good Catholic boy that he wanted a divorce
She kind of guessed it, of course. Women usually do. But did she know the woman was in her apartment, eating off her plates, sleeping in her bed?
She called a minister they both trusted. He came over to the house the next day and worked with them the whole weekend, but Gingrich just kept saying she was a Jaguar and all he wanted was a Chevrolet. " 'I can't handle a Jaguar right now.' He said that many times. 'All I want is a Chevrolet'."
He asked her to just tolerate the affair, an offer she refused.
He'd just returned from Erie, Pennsylvania, where he'd given a speech full of high sentiments about compassion and family values.
The next night, they sat talking out on their back patio in Georgia. She said, "How do you give that speech and do what you're doing?"
"It doesn't matter what I do," he answered. "People need to hear what I have to say. There's no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn't matter what I live."
Just to remind you, Newt Gingrich was at the forefront of the moves to impeach Bill Clinton for personal infidelity.