It is going to be a monumentally bad election
First there is this.
The guy is a sleazebag in every way. No wonder the right is so enamored with him.
Gingrich is the only Speaker of the House to have been disciplined for ethics violations.
During his term as Speaker, eighty-four ethics charges were filed against him; eighty-three of them were dropped. The remaining charge concerned a 20-hour college course called "Renewing American Civilization" that Gingrich had taught through a tax-deductible foundation, Kennesaw State College Foundation. Allegations of tax improprieties led to two counts "of failure to seek legal advice" and one count of "providing the committee with information which he knew or should have known was inaccurate" concerning the use of a tax exempt college course for political purposes. To avoid a full hearing, Gingrich and the House Ethics Subcommittee negotiated a sanctions agreement. Democrats accused Gingrich of violating the agreement, but it was forwarded to the House for approval. On January 21, 1997, the House voted 395 to 28 to reprimand Gingrich, including a $300,000 "cost assessment" to recoup money spent on the investigation.
The full committee panel did not agree whether tax law had been violated. In 1999, the IRS cleared the organizations connected with the courses.
And the capper:
Gingrich addressed his past infidelities by saying, "There's no question at times in my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate."
Far be it from me a to claim a perfect life. But this guy is big time fucked up.
Over to John Stewart for his take
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