Gingrich led astray by patriotic passion
Newt Gingrich, a probable contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has said that his love for the United States contributed to his past marital infidelities.
With his personal history casting a shadow over his fledgling White House campaign, the thrice-married former Speaker of the House of Representatives told the Christian Broadcasting Network that he had sought God's forgiveness for previous mistakes.
"There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate," he said.
Mr Gingrich (67), a recent convert to Roman Catholicism, has not formally declared his candidacy but is expected to make an announcement within the next six weeks. Media coverage has highlighted how Mr Gingrich discussed divorce with his first wife, Jackie, while she was recovering in hospital and he had started an affair with another woman, Marianne Ginther, who became his second wife.
Ms Ginther said after she was diagnosed with MS in 1999, Mr Gingrich told her he was having an affair with Callista Bisek, an aide 22 years his junior, who became his third wife.
Mr Gingrich then also led the hunt to impeach Bill Clinton for lying about his liaisons with Monica Lewinsky. (© Daily Telegraph, London)