Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s second wife, Marianne speaks out about him asking her to be in an “open marriage.” She decided to go public in an interview with ABC investigative reporter Brian Ross on “Nightline.” ABC News began releasing excerpts of the interview Thursday morning, with the the full interview on “Nightline.”
Newt Gingrich asked Marianne to be in an “open marriage” so he could continue to see other women. One of those other women being Callista Bisek. The day after Newt Gingrich told Marianne about his affair with Callista Bisek, he gave a speech to a group of Republican women in Pennsylvania titled “The Demise of American Culture.”
Marianne Gingrich said in her interview with The Washington Post, “How could he ask me for a divorce on Monday and within 48 hours give a speech on family values and talk about how people treat people?”
Newt Gingrich told the women’s group, “When a liberal talks about values, will he or she actually like us to teach American history? Will they actually like young people to learn that George Washington was an ethical man? A man of standards, a man who earned the right to be father of this country?”
ABC News bombshell interview with Marianne Gingrich consist of Newt Gingrich asking her to be in an open marriage arrangement.
GINGRICH: I said to him, we’ve been married a long time. And he said, yes, but you want me all to yourself. Callista doesn’t care what I do.
ROSS: What was he saying to you, do you think?
GINGRICH: He was asking to have an open marriage, and I refused.
ROSS: He wanted an open marriage.
GINGRICH: Yeah, that I accept the fact that he has somebody else in his life.
ROSS: And you said?
GINGRICH: No. No. That is not a marriage.
Early in May, she went out to Ohio for her mother’s birthday. A day and a half went by and Newt didn’t return her calls, which was strange. They always talked every day, often ten times a day, so she was frantic by the time he called to say he needed to talk to her.
He wanted to talk in person, he said.
“I said, ‘No, we need to talk now.'”
He went quiet.
“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?
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.