At the outset of the South Carolina GOP debate, CNN’s John King asked candidate Newt Gingrich about an ABC interview with Gingrich’s second wife. She had made a number of claims about his infidelity and his desire for an “open marriage”. Gingrich denied it vehemently, and said ABC did it out of political spite, and that his campaign had offered multiple people that ABC could speak to that would rigorously deny the charges and that ABC had declined to interview them. He chastised King for even bringing it up.
Now, it seems that King – and ABC – were on the money. According to Gingrich’s campaign, the only people offered were Newt’s two daughters. No one else:
So, what’s the big deal, right? He cheated.
Here’s why you should care:
First, here’s a guy who will spew his rhetoric about family values and integrity, but has cheated on two wives. He was cheating on his second wife while he was leading the charge to prosecute Bill Clinton for his infidelity.
Next, he is the only Speaker of the House that has received massive ethics fines for his failure to follow House ethics rules regarding campaign spending, to the tune of $300,000. That, his divisive nature, and his inability to deliver votes resulted in him losing the Speaker role.
Now, he flat out lied about having people to refute the claims. And he did it in such a way as too make it look like he was the victim. Which is what he always does. When Republicans lost the house under his watch, he blamed the media. He blamed other Republicans. He blamed everyone but himself.
Why does it matter? Because he has no integrity. He has no problem with cheating and lying. He’ll do or say what he has to say to get elected. He’s proven it again. It’s not the cheating on his wives that matters. It’s the fact that he cares so little for anyone else that he thinks you’re stupid enough to continue believing his lies. And he wants to be President of the United States.