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Media bloodhounds go after Mitt & Newt, but not Obama

It was all over the news yesterday. You couldn’t turn on the TV or radio without hearing about it, ad nauseum.
Mitt Romney – GASP! — acknowledged that his tax rate is probably about 15% — lower than what most Americans, including even many high-income families, pay!!!!
Moreover – GASP! – Romney has a net worth estimated to be $200-250 million!!!!
The media went apoplectic over the news, never mind the fact that Romney’s 15% tax rate is entirely legal, because most of his income comes from investments instead of a salary.
Funny how in 2004, the media didn’t make any fuss over the fact that Democrat presidential nominee John Kerry and his über-rich wife Teresa Heinz paid an effective federal tax rate of only 13% on their 2003 $5.5 million income. Nor did the media make a fuss over their 2004 net worth of $236-312 million. Nor did anyone in the media ask — as they do about Romney — whether John Kerry’s über wealth made him “out of touch” with ordinary Americans.
That was yesterday.
Today is Newt Gingrich’s turn as the hare in the media fox hunt.
At 11:35 p.m. tonight, ABC Nightline will air an “explosive” interview with Newt’s former second wife, Marianne, who promises what she has to say could end his presidential campaign.

Marianne Gingrich

Newt and Marianne were married from 1981 to 2000, after his divorce from his first wife Jackie. In the last 6 years of his marriage to Marianne, Newt carried on an adulterous affair with legislative aide Callista, who is now his current (3rd) wife.
In the ABC interview, Marianne claims that Newt did not want a divorce but instead proposed an open marriage — an arrangement to which lifelong Catholic Callista did not object, according to Newt. But Marianne refused. Shortly after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Newt moved for a divorce — just as he had divorced his first wife Jackie while she was being treated for cancer.
But don’t feel too sorry for Marianne for, like her successor Callista, Marianne had carried on an adulterous affair with Newt while he was still married to Jackie.

Newt and Callista today. Both say they are now devout Catholics!

Here’s Brian Ross, the ABC reporter who’s doing the story on Marianne, giving a preview about her Nightline interview:

No matter how distasteful or painful, I always prefer the truth over lies and deception. Therefore, I have nothing against the media digging up “the dirt” on Mitt, Newt, or any presidential candidate. This is the necessary process called “vetting a candidate.”
My only problem is this:

Why didn’t the media “dig up the dirt” on presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama Jr. in 2008? And why aren’t the media “digging up the dirt” on 2012 presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama Jr.?

To date, these are the Obama records which have not been released:

  • Passport records
  • Kindergarten records
  • Punahou School records
  • Occidental College records
  • Columbia University records and senior thesis
  • Harvard Law School records
  • Harvard Law Review articles, if any.
  • Illinois State Bar Association records
  • Illinois State Senate records/schedules (said to be lost).
  • Medical records
  • Marriage license of Obama Sr. and Stanley Ann Dunham
  • Divorce documents of Obama Sr. and Dunham
  • Marriage license of Stanley Ann Dunham and Lolo Soetoro
  • Adoption records of Barack Obama Jr. by Lolo Soetoro; and of course —
  • Barack Obama Jr.’s original hard-copy long-form Certificate of Live Birth

UPDATE (1.20.2012):

Newt denies his ex Marianne’s allegations, calling them “false.”

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Divorce Documents Contradict Newt's Account

Many Catholics are impressed by Newt Gingrich’s late-life conversion to the Roman Catholic Church and his candid admission of past mistakes, including his pattern of marital infidelities.
Newt had cheated on his first wife — Jackie, his former high school geometry teacher — with the woman (Marianne) who became his second wife. Then, for six years, he cheated on his second wife Marianne with the woman, Callista, who became his third and current wife.

Newt with Wife #1, Jackie, and their 2 daughters

Regarding Gingrich’s two divorces, his campaign website states:

“Newt has been honest and forthright about the fact that he has had moments in his life that he regrets, that he has had to seek reconciliation, and go to God for forgiveness. Newt believes that by continuing to be honest and forthright about his past failings, voters will come to understand the man that he is now and conclude they can trust him to represent the American people in the White House. Furthermore, Newt welcomes the opportunity to clear up the many lies and misconceptions that persist about his past.”

But divorce documents that recently came to light contradict his present account that it was his wife (no. 1) who requested the divorce.
Napp Nazworth reports for Christian Post, Dec. 27, 2011:

“Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has maintained that his divorce from his first wife, Jackie Battley Gingrich, was amicable and requested by his wife. Divorce papers recently uncovered by CNN suggest that is not true.

Gingrich’s daughter, Jackie Gingrich Cushman [who is working for Newt’s campaign], wrote a May 8, 2011 article for Townhall.com in which she defended her father against accusations that he divorced Jackie Battley Gingrich because she had cancer and delivered the divorce papers while she was lying in a hospital bed.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman was 13 at the time and present at the hospital visit. In her article, she says that her parents did not divorce because her mom had cancer. Her parents had already agreed to the divorce. Her mom was recovering in the hospital from the removal of a benign tumor. Newt Gingrich went to visit her in the hospital and the visit happened to coincide with when he had the divorce papers.

[…] While most of Jackie Gingrich Cushman’s defense of her father is not in doubt, there is one detail that the new documents appear to contradict – that her mother requested the divorce.

‘My mother and father were already in the process of getting a divorce, which she requested,’ she wrote.

Newt.org repeats this claim. ‘It was her mother that requested the divorce, not Newt, and it was months before the hospital visit in question.’

Court documents reveal, however, Newt Gingrich filed for divorce from Jackie Battley Gingrich. In a counterclaim, Jackie Battley Gingrich denied that the marriage was irretrievably broken and that she wanted a divorce. ‘Defendant shows that she has adequate and ample grounds for divorce, but that she does not desire one at this time,’ the counterclaim states.

Additional court documents show that the former wife took Newt Gingrich back to court after the divorce because he was not making alimony payments.

In an interview with CNN, Leonard H. ‘Kip’ Carter, a former close friend of Newt Gingrich, confirmed that Newt Gingrich asked for the divorce. He also told CNN that Jackie Battley Gingrich and her two daughters were living without food or utilities because of the lack of alimony payments. He recalled that their Baptist church held a food drive to help care for the family. When the pastor asked Newt Gingrich to give to the fund, he donated $100.

Newt Gingrich reportedly told Carter why he wanted a divorce. ‘You know and I know that she’s not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of a president.’

Carter broke off his friendship with Newt Gingrich as a result of the way he treated his first wife.

Newt Gingrich was already dating Marianne Ginther, who would become his second wife, at the time the divorce proceedings were taking place. In the mid-1990s, Newt Gingrich had an affair with Callista Biseck, who would become his third wife shortly after divorcing Marianne Ginther Gingrich in 2000.

When asked about the court documents, a Gingrich campaign spokesman said that while Newt Gingrich did file the divorce papers, he did so at Jackie Battley Gingrich’s request.”

Newt with Wife #2, Marianne

Newt with Wife #3, Callista. Pretty enough to be First Lady!

At the risk of, once again, incurring the ire of Newt fans, my message to you is:

Caveat emptor!


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Can Newt be trusted?

This video was made by conservative video artist Molotov Mitchell.
By the way, Newt’s present wife, Callista, is his third wife.
Callista said this about herself to the Christian Broadcasting Network this year: “I have always been a very spiritual person. I start each day with a prayer, and pray throughout the day, because I am grateful for the many blessings that God has bestowed upon us.”
Callista Bisek, then a Congressional staffer, carried on a 6-year adulterous affair with Newt while he was still married to Wife No. 2.

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