Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Stench of Hypocrisy II

Newt Gingrich edition.

From Steve Benen:
"House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that Democratic sex scandals have been far worse than the suggestive Internet messages sent to teenage congressional pages by former Rep. Mark Foley. […] What we don't have to do is allow our friends on the left to lecture us on morality, Gingrich said at a party fundraiser in Greenville. There's a certain stench of hypocrisy.'"
"[T]he most notorious [adulterer] of them all is undoubtedly Gingrich, who ran for Congress in 1978 on the slogan, "Let Our Family Represent Your Family." (He was reportedly cheating on his first wife at the time). In 1995, an alleged mistress from that period, Anne Manning, told Vanity Fair's Gail Sheehy: 'We had oral sex. He prefers that modus operandi because then he can say, 'I never slept with her.'" Gingrich obtained his first divorce in 1981, after forcing his wife, who had helped put him through graduate school, to haggle over the terms while in the hospital, as she recovered from uterine cancer surgery. In 1999, he was disgraced again, having been caught in an affair with a 33-year-old congressional aide while spearheading the impeachment proceedings against President Clinton."
What a model of virtue. A good friend of James Dobson and William Donohue, I'm sure.

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