Newt Gingrich, serial philanderer, comes to Minneapolis [UPDATE]

Gingrich is currently enjoying his third sanctity of marriage with Callista Bisek, who is more than 20 years his junior.
Gingrich is currently enjoying his third sanctity of marriage with Callista Bisek, who is more than 20 years his junior.

Newt Gingrich believes so firmly in the sanctity of marriage that he's had three of them. And that makes him the perfect person to address the morals police at the Minnesota Family Council today, because if you want to defend marriage, you might as well get advice from a guy who knows how to wreck one in the first place.

And if you want to hear about "the secular effort to drive God out of America's public life," then Newt's definitely your man.

In 1962, when he was 19 years old, Newt married 26-year-old Jackie Battley, who was once his high school geometry teacher. In 1978 he was elected to Congress, and by 1980 he was cheating on Battley, carrying on an affair with Marianne Ginther.

In September of that year, while Battley was recovering from cancer surgery, Newt came to the hospital and asked for a divorce. He married Ginther in 1981.

The perfect man to defend marriage.
The perfect man to defend marriage.

But as Newt started his climb up the Republican House leadership ladder, he came to the conclusion that Ginther wasn't good enough for him either, and by the mid-1990s he was cavorting with a congressional staffer more than two decades his junior named Callista Bisek.

And in an epic moment of political hypocrisy, while he was speaker of the House, it was discovered that he was cheating on his second wife and leading the holier-than-thou charge to impeach former President Bill Clinton for lying about his relationship to Monica Lewinsky.

By 1998, Republicans--and Americans--were sick of the guy and he resigned. He divorced Ginther, married Bisek in 2000, and in 2009 abandoned his Baptist faith in favor of Catholicism.

Now Newt wants to be President of the United States, and he likes to tell anyone who will listen that America has abandoned God. He'll pass along his wisdom today for $100 a pop, a price that includes a bonus appearance by Rep. Michele Bachmann.

UPDATE #1: Before his closed-to-the-press dinner speech, Gingrich could only muster the gumption to speak for about 90 seconds while introducing a movie that promotes his vision of how Americans ought to merge church and state. Rather than join the people who paid to see him, he spent most of the movie's running time out in the hotel lobby with his ear glued to a cell phone.

UPDATE #2: As Newt made his way to Minneapolis today, news broke that his religious convictions prompted him to run up a tab as high as $500,000 at Tiffany and Co., the high-end jeweler.

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