What will Marianne Gingrich say?

Drudge blares the headline ‘Newt Ex-Wife Unloads’, Politico picks up the story and expounds:

Marianne_gingrichMatt Drudge first broke news that Marianne Gingrich, Newt Gingrich’s second wife who he left after a lengthy affair with his current wife, Callista, has given an interview to ABC News, which appears to mark only the second time she’s spoken this cycle.

My colleagues Dylan and Keach report that the interview is likely to air tomorrow night, which would coincide with the final debate before the South Carolina primary vote on Saturday.

Marianne Gingrich has barely spoken this campaign cycle, and the fact that Gingrich has a messy personal past is well known.

But based on her comments in the past about their relationship – Marianne Gingrich has said her then-husband called to ask for a divorce by phone while she was visiting her mother for her birthday in Ohio, and while he was leading the charge against Bill Clinton over Sexgate – it seems unlikely that this is going to be a positive thing for Gingrich at a time when his candidacy is surging.

Gingrich’s daughters have reacted preemptively:

In an open statement to the network Wednesday, Kathy Lubbers and Jackie Cushman suggested that whatever she has to say may not be accurate.

“Anyone who has had that experience understands it is a personal tragedy filled with regrets, and sometimes differing memories of events,” said the adult daughters.

“We will not say anything negative about our father’s ex-wife. He has said before, privately and publicly, that he regrets any pain he may have caused in the past to people he loves.”

The women are the Georgia Republican’s children from his first marriage.

All this while polls show the race in SC tightening.


I’ll report, you decide.

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