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Newt Gingrich

"The important thing you have to understand about Newt Gingrich is that he is amoral... There isn't any right or wrong, there isn't any conservative or liberal. There's only what will work best for Newt Gingrich. He's probably one of the most dangerous people for the future of this country that you can possibly imagine. He's Richard Nixon, glib. It doesn't matter how much good I do the rest of my life, I can't ever outweigh the evil that I've caused by helping him be elected to Congress."
--L.H. Carter, former political adviser

Timeline

17 Jun 1943 Newton McPherson born in Pennsylvania.
1946 Newt's mother weds Robert Gingrich, who adopts the toddler.
19 Jun 1962 Newt marries his former math teacher from high school, Jackie Battley.
1966-1970 While earning his PhD in History at Tulane University, Newt experiments with marijuana and receives a draft deferment.
1974 Newt runs for a House seat, but narrowly loses during the aftermath of Watergate.
1976 Newt again runs for a House seat, again losing narrowly.
spring 1977 Newt Gingrich receives an extramarital blowjob from Anne Manning, who was herself married. She explains later: "We had oral sex... He prefers that modus operandi because then he can say, 'I never slept with her.'"
1978 A campaign commercial declares: "When elected, Newt will keep his family together."
Feb 1981 Newt Gingrich finally divorces Jackie.
Aug 1981 Newt Gingrich marries Marianne Ginther.
Jul 1983 Newt Gingrich demands that the House expels fellow Congressmen Daniel Crane and Gerry Studds for having affairs with Congressional pages.
4 Jan 1985 Newt Gingrich is elected Speaker of the House.
1995 Addressing the Conference of Mayors, Newt Gingrich lauds Victorian England for "reestablishing values, by moral leadership and by being willing to look at people in the face and say, 'You should be ashamed.'"
17 Jan 1997 The House ethics committee fines Newt $300,000 for financial misdeeds.
27 Apr 1998 Regarding the Lewinsky Affair, Newt Gingrich tells the Atlanta Rotary Club: "What you have lived through for 2 1/2 years is the most systematic, deliberate obstruction of justice, coverup and effort to avoid the truth we have ever seen in American history."
22 May 1998 Regarding the Lewinsky Affair, Newt Gingrich writes in the conservative weekly Human Events: "Around the world today, the institution of the presidency has been degraded to the point that it is viewed as the rough equivalent of the Jerry Springer show -- a level of disrespect and decadence that should appall every American."
23 Jul 1998 On Rush Limbaugh's radio show, Newt Gingrich predicts that in November the Republicans will gain 3-5 seats in the Senate, 10-40 in the House seats, 3 governors, and 500 state legislators. A month later, Gingrich revises his predictions upward.
16 Sep 1998 Newt Gingrich tells fellow Republicans that Bill Clinton's version of events in the Lewinsky Affair betrays the President as a "misogynist."
4 Nov 1998 Newt Gingrich blames the disappointing election results on the media's fascination with the Lewinsky Affair: "I mean, I totally underestimated the degree to which people would just get sick of 24-hour-a-day talk television and talk radio and then the degree to which this whole scandal became just sort of disgusting by sheer repetition."
6 Nov 1998 Newt Gingrich announces that he intends to resign by the end of the year.
Jan 1999 Newt Gingrich resigns.
Aug 2000 Newt Gingrich marries Calista Bisek.


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