NEWT GINGRICH HAS A CHARACTER PROBLEM

Nov 10, 2011 by

by Donna Garner

11.10.11

 

Newt Gingrich is an authority on history, and he knows how to reach an audience because of his experiences both as a professor and as a speaker.

 

Newt also knows how to keep his fellow Republicans from attacking him and his past by playing the role of the “good cop.” The other Republican candidates would look really bad if they attacked Newt since he has been so “kind” to them; therefore, they have been forced to ignore his unsavory life experiences and examples of poor judgment.

 

I do recognize that Newt would probably make a good press secretary, communications director, or cabinet member in Herman Cain’s administration; but I hope Cain will not settle for less by asking Newt to be his Vice-President, the person who is one breath away from becoming the President.

 

I have already written about Newt’s character issues (9.3.11 — “Newt Gingrich: Not Fit for President nor Vice President”–

http://educationviews.org/2011/10/03/newt-gingrich-not-fit-for-president-nor-vice-president/

 

Excerpts from my article:

 

Esquire is obviously not a conservative magazine, but the article published in September 2010 (excerpts posted below) seems less biased than most liberal publications and frequently quotes Newt himself.

 

The fascinating part about this particular article is that the author interviewed Newt’s second wife Marianne. Her comments reflect a lack of bitterness, and her transparency is refreshing.

 

Marianne Gingrich was married to Newt for 18 years. He asked Marianne to marry him while his first wife Jackie was dying of cancer. Later on when Marianne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she found out that Newt had been having an affair with Callista Bisek for six years. Callista and Newt now live a luxurious lifestyle because of the wealth he has gained from American Solutions, Center for Health Transformation, and Citizens United.

 

The most telling part of the Esquire article to me is the following quote which Marianne evidently stated without undue malice:

 

He asked her [Marianne] 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.”

 

NEWT GINGRICH: THE INDISPENSABLE REPUBLICAN

To read the surprisingly unbiased article published on 8.10.10 entitled “Newt Gingrich: The Indispensable Republican” by John H. Richardson, please go to:

http://www.esquire.com/features/newt-gingrich-0910

 

 

Excerpts from this article:

 

[Marianne] — “He believes that what he says in public and how he lives don’t have to be connected,” she says. ”

 

 

His bitterness only deepened when the House Ethics Committee started investigating GOPAC’s donations to his college class and caught him trying to hide his tracks by raising money through a charity for inner-city kids called the Abraham Lincoln Opportunity Foundation.

 

 

Another charity of his called Earning by Learning actually spent half its money supporting a former Gingrich staffer who was writing his biography…

 

 

The Ethics Committee found him guilty of laundering donations through charities, submitting “inaccurate, incomplete, and unreliable testimony,” and making “an effort to have the material appear to be nonpartisan on its face, yet serve as a partisan, political message for the purpose of building the Republican party.”

 

Seven years after he had destroyed Jim Wright for a lesser offense, the committee punished Gingrich with the highest fine ever imposed on a Speaker of the House, $300,000.

 

 

…Tom DeLay took charge of the impeachment [of Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky affair] as the rest of the Republican leadership was concerned that Gingrich was “too close” to Clinton and too vulnerable to the girlfriend charge himself.

 

 

One night, Marianne says, Bill Clinton called from the White House. She answered the phone and the president asked if he could please speak to her husband. Could the Speaker come over immediately? After he hung up, Newt summoned his driver and went in the back door to the Oval Office. During that meeting, he would tell her later, Clinton laid it out for him: “You’re a lot like me,” he told him.

 

 

Whatever else happened at that meeting, Newt Gingrich was muzzled in the critical run-up to the ’98 midterms.

 

 

 

…Gingrich called Marianne into his office and told her he had come to a decision. He was going to step down as Speaker…

 

 

 

But Marianne was having problems of her own. After going to the doctor for a mysterious tingling in her hand, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

 

 

“There’s somebody else, isn’t there?”

 

 

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?

 

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.”

 

Then Gingrich made a baffling move. Because Bisek [Newt’s third wife] had refused to be deposed by Marianne’s attorney, Newt had his own attorney depose her, after which the attorney held a press conference and announced that she had confessed to a six-year affair with Gingrich.

 

…Ten years later, Gingrich has built an empire of wealth and influence by turning the fundraising scandals of his past inside out.

 

His American Solutions for Winning the Future is a political-advocacy group similar to GOPAC or the PACs that support regular candidates like Sarah Palin or Mitt Romney, but with a twist: Regular PACs can’t take corporate money or personal donations larger than $5,000. Instead, American Solutions is a “527” group, which can accept unlimited contributions as long as it doesn’t promote the interests of a specific candidate.

 

 

…That makes American Solutions the biggest political-advocacy group in America today, with an expansive issues agenda that just happens to advance the political fortunes of Newt Gingrich.

 

 

Then there’s the Center for Health Transformation, another group Gingrich runs…It turns out that the CHT is a for-profit outfit that charges big health insurers like Blue Cross and Blue Shield up to $200,000 a year for access to the mind of Newt Gingrich.

 

But it is not a registered lobby. Neither is American Solutions. So if Gingrich talks to a politician about energy policy while energy legislation is pending, he’s just an intellectual exploring ideas. And he can go on TV and/or write articles without declaring his financial interest in pending legislation.

 

One of Gingrich’s former advisors told The Washington Post that he’s “making more money than he ever thought possible, and doesn’t have to tell everybody where it’s coming from.”

 

Gingrich also is a central figure in Citizens United, the fourth-largest political-advocacy organization in America…As it happens, Gingrich has released five of his movies through Citizens United.

 

Throughout, Gingrich’s modus operandi has been startlingly similar to the way he shifted money from GOPAC to the charities that were secretly supporting his college course.

 

…One thing is certain — Newt Gingrich loves the question. “That’s up to God and the American people,” he tells you, in the serene tone of a man who already knows what God thinks.

 

 

MORE RECENT FINANCIAL PROBLEMS FOR NEWT

 

Now let’s turn to more recent events in Newt’s life. On 5.25.11, Newt stated in USA Today, “If the U.S. government was debt-free as I am, everybody in America would be celebrating. I think I have proven I can manage money,” he said Sunday, adding that he and his wife are ‘very frugal.’ ”

Is Newt debt free? Are he and Callista frugal? Does his walk match his talk? Does he have the right to lecture America about our debt problem? Does Newt have the answer to debt-free living, and has he lived it out in his own life? Is he a theorist, a professor-type who likes to hear himself lecture; or does he really have the answers for creating jobs and getting our nation out of debt?

Dave Carney served for a brief time as Newt’s chief political advisor before resigning on June 9, 2011. Why did Carney and many others on Newt’s campaign staff resign? I believe they left because of Newt’s lack of financial and personal self-discipline.

The Federal Elections Commission reported in its 2011 July Quarterly Report, 7.15.11, (http://query.nictusa.com/pres/2011/Q2/C00496497/D_DEBTS_C00496497.html ) that Newt owed Dave Carney’s company, Norway Hill Associated, $20,616.80 while at the same time Newt reported having a campaign debt of $1,030,627.

The troubling part is that in spite of his burgeoning campaign debt, Newt continued to keep flying on private, chartered aircraft. To one company alone (Moby Dick Airways LTD), Newt owed almost a half a million dollars ($451,946.00).

When Newt made excuses for his growing campaign debt, Kyle Wingfield of ajc.com (7.18.11) rightly stated, “It is inconceivable that Gingrich was unaware either that he was flying in chartered airplanes…or that a chartered flight was the more expensive option.

And while plenty of political candidates use chartered planes to make their campaigning more time-efficient, it doesn’t behoove a candidate for president who says he can right the nation’s finances not to know that his campaign couldn’t afford such an expense…

It concerns not how he spent his own money, which is his right to do as he sees fit, but his use of money entrusted to him as a candidate for elected office.

It isn’t very becoming of a would-be fiscal fixer.

 

On 10.5.11 when Newt released his campaign report for the Third Quarter, he still showed a debt of $1.1 million.

 

COMPARISON WITH HERMAN CAIN’S CAMPAIGN DEBT

Let’s compare Newt’s $1.1 Million campaign debt to successful businessman Herman Cain’s campaign report released also on 10.5.11, http://www.p2012.org/chrnprep/3rqfund.html

 

Contributions — $2,813,341.52

 

Cash on hand — $1,333,778.56

 

Debt — None

 


NEWT AND CALLISTA’S LAVISH CRUISE

When the Faith and Freedom Convention met in June 2011, Gingrich was the only major Republican candidate who did not bother to attend because he was off with Callista on an expensive Meditteranean cruise. The cruise line tickets alone cost a minimum of at least $5,000.

NEWT MAKES A MISTAKE

This lavish cruise came right after Gingrich had launched his campaign for the Presidency. He tried to capture the public’s attention by criticizing Republican U. S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s Path to Prosperity Plan, labeling it as “right-wing social engineering. ” As soon as Gingrich realized the public really liked Ryan’s plan to provide those 54 and younger with subsidies to purchase private health insurance and would make no changes for people in or near retirement, Newt tried to backtrack on his negative gaffe.

THE $500,000 CREDIT LINE AT TIFFANY’S

Then there is the matter of Newt Gingrich’s “standard” $500,000 line of credit at Tiffany & Co. as reported by the press on May 25, 2011:

 

Jeff Stein at SpyTalk reports that while Tiffany’s was extending Callista Gingrich an interest free loan for hundreds of thousands of dollars, the diamond firm was spending a lot of money to influence mining policy in agencies under the jurisdiction of the House Agriculture Committee, where Mrs. Gingrich worked until 2007.

Two articles on this topic:

 

http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-05-25/politics/29965122_1_tiffany-upscale-jeweler-loan

 

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/05/gingrich-duo-racks-up-huge-bill-at-tiffanys-jewelry/

 

 

CONCLUSION


We Republicans need to realize that whoever comes out of the gate in the primaries will experience the same type of unproven and ruthless allegations that Herman Cain is experiencing right now.

 

 

I believe we need to stick with Herman Cain because of the Godly character that he has demonstrated during his 43 years of marriage and during his 40 years of successful business experience.

 

 

Cain believes in the sanctity of life and has proven throughout his life that he values each human being. He has “put his money where his mouth is” and has given millions of dollars out of his own pocket to support conservative causes.

 

 

Thousands of people who know Herman Cain will agree that he is an honest and decent man. Why should the public believe the allegations made by women with dubious backgrounds.

 

 

It was when Herman Cain became the frontrunner that the “perfect storm” occurred. It appears that people from both the left and from the right may have participated in this smear campaign built upon baseless charges and “accusers” with political and/or monetary agendas.

 

 

The difference between Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich is that the charges against Cain are baseless; with Gingrich and his documented philandering and compromising problems, almost anything could be true.

 

 

Character does matter, and we have sadly learned this with Ted Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Bill/Hillary Clinton. I do not want to have to learn this with Newt Gingrich.

 

 

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

 

OTHER RESOURCES ON HERMAN CAIN


11.9.11 – “David Axelrod’s Pattern of Sexual Misbehavior” by Ann Coulter —http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=47438

Excerpts from this article:

Herman Cain​ has spent his life living and working all over the country — Indiana, Georgia, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Washington, D.C. — but never in Chicago.

So it’s curious that all the sexual harassment allegations against Cain emanate from Chicago: home of the Daley machine and Obama consigliere David Axelrod…

 

 

Suspicions had already fallen on Sheila O’Grady, who is close with David Axelrod and went straight from being former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley’s chief of staff to president of the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA), as being the person who dug up Herman Cain’s personnel records from the National Restaurant Association (NRA)…
Within 24 hours of Bialek’s press conference, friends and acquaintances of hers stepped forward to say that she’s a “gold-digger,” that she was constantly in financial trouble — having filed for personal bankruptcy twice — and, of course, that she had lived in Axelrod’s apartment building at 505 North Lake Shore Drive…

 

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11.9.11 – Investigator: Herman Cain Innocent of Sexual Advances – Used Police Voice Software:

 

http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/16002149/investigator-herman-cain-innocent-of-sexual-advances?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#.Trs9Gzv5Ia0.twitter

 

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11.9.11 — YouTube – CBSNews.com – “Investigator 95% Accurate Speech Analysis: “There is no doubt, Cain is innocent.”

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfNDbGRZnaw&feature=channel_video_title

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