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Gingrich ex-wife says he sought ‘open marriage’

by Brad A. Greenberg

January 20, 2012 | 11:35 am

Wow from the Washington Post:

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich in 1999 asked his second wife for an “open marriage” or a divorce at the same time he was giving speeches around the country on family and religious values, his former wife, Marianne, said Thursday.

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After one counseling session, Newt Gingrich asked Marianne for an “open marriage” — though not in exactly those words — so that he could see other women, she said.

Marianne, who had attended services in a Baptist church with her husband, refused.

“He said the problem with me was I wanted him all to myself,” she said. “I said, ‘That’s what marriage is.’ He said [of Callista], ‘She doesn’t care what I do.’ ”

Marianne said, “He was asking me for an open marriage, and I wouldn’t do it.”

Gingrich has refused to discuss the interviews with his ex-wife. And obviously, an ex-spouse is someone who may have an ax to grind. But I suspect that this is going to be more damaging than just having been married three times. South Carolina primary is tomorrow ...

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