A new Esquire profile of Newt Gingrich offers a rare glimpse into the personal life and political ambitions of the former House Speaker as he vies to make a comeback after resigning in disgrace over a decade ago.
Gingrich himself was interviewed for the feature story; however, some of the juiciest insight into the life of the prominent conservative voice comes from his ex-wife, Marianne Gingrich, whom he divorced in 2000.
“He asked me to marry him way too early,” she revealed. “And he wasn’t divorced yet [from his first wife Jackie Battley]. I should have known there was a problem.”
Marianne Gingrich suggested that the former House Speaker found himself in the same relationship pattern eighteen years later when he sought to marry his current wife, then-congressional aide Callista Bisek.
“I know,” she explained. “I asked him. He’d already asked her to marry him before he asked me for a divorce. Before he even asked.”
The profile paints a silhouette highlighting the intersection of Gingrich’s personal life and political career:
“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?