Newt Gingrich’s campaign has released a statement saying the ex-Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States of America lied during the GOP debate last week and in an interview on Tuesday.
In an interview with ABC’s “Nightline” program the candidate’s second abandoned wife, Marianne Gingrich, said her husband told her she would “just have to put up with” his affair with a congressional staffer, and that he wanted an “open marriage”.
“The story was false. Every personal friend I have who knew us in that period says the story is false. We offered several of them to ABC to prove it was false. They weren’t interested,” Gingrich said at the start of a CNN debate program last week. ABC has said no “friends” or other witnesses were brought to their attention. Gingrich then told King during an interview on Tuesday “If they’re saying that, then they’re not being honest. We had several people prepared to be very clear and very aggressive in their dispute about that, and (ABC News) wasn’t interested.”
Gingrich characterized the ABC statement as “just plain baloney”.
Now it appears the baloney is on the other foot. R. C. Hammond, the Gingrich campaign press secretary, admitted no “friends” came forward. “That would be unlikely in any event,” Hammond said. “All of Newt Gingrich’s friends abandoned him years ago the same way he abandons women. There’s no real reason for it – unless it’s because he is a liar, an adulterer, a corrupt politician, quite probably a criminal, has absolutely no integrity, and screws just about everyone he comes into contact with, both literally and figuratively. Other than that he’s a great guy and will make a great president of the United States!”