Newt Gingrich’s campaign team is bracing for the worst as ABC’s “Nightline” prepares to air an interview with his ex-wife, the New York Post reports.
Marianne Gingrich, who is described as “bitter,” has reportedly threatened to derail her ex-husband’s presidential hopes. She has already taped the interview, which is scheduled to air tonight — the same night as a key debate in the runup to Gingrich’s South Carolina primary showdown with fellow GOP candidate Mitt Romney, the story reports.
Marianne Gingrich, who divorced Gingrich in 1999, spoke with ABC’s Brian Ross. She married Gingrich in 1981, just months after he had left his first wife, according to the story. He then left Marianne for congressional aide Callista Bisek, who is 23 years younger than him, and married her in August 2000, the piece notes.
Gingrich’s spokesman released a letter written to ABC News management from his daughters, which read that Gingrich "has said before, privately and publicly, that he regrets any pain he may have caused in the past to people he loves.”
Among the revelations contained in the interview, according to a preview clip, is the claim that Newt Gingrich wanted an open marriage and asked Marianne Gingrich to remain married to him while he had an affair with Callista.
Gingrich did get some good news this week, as he received the endorsement of Rick Perry as Perry dropped out of the presidential race.