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Topic: Callista Gingrich

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January 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Wife #3

BEAUFORT — Marianne Ginther, the second wife of Newt Gingrich, sat for an interview that will air tonight on ABC’s Nightline. In an already released clip of the interview, Marianne claims that Newt asked her for an “open marriage” during his six-year affair with then-congressional staffer Callista Bisek.

Time for me to give some attention to wife #3, I decided.

At a rally yesterday in Warrenville, SC, a woman shouted, “Mr. Gingrich, your wife would make a beautiful First Lady.” I have seen Callista Gingrich at a few events in South Carolina, and yes, she is beautiful.

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Comments | Topics: Callista Gingrich, Gender, Newt Gingrich

January 19, 2012 at 4:45 AM

Crashing the debate green room

MYRTLE BEACH — On Monday I crashed the debate “green room” of the Republican presidential candidates.

The debate was my first glimpse at how the press and the candidates maneuver around each other at a televised event. I assumed anyone with a press badge would automatically be seated front and center, close to the stage. Instead, the majority of the press sat in a filing room, watching a live feed of the debate and straining the Wi Fi with snarky updates (I’m looking at you @TheFix).

I grabbed fellow UWElectionEye contributor Will Mari, and we set off to find the entrance. Not familiar with the Myrtle Beach Convention Center’s layout or where the actual debate floor was, Will led us up an escalator — a turned-off escalator.

That should have been our first clue. 

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Comments | Topics: Ann Romney, Callista Gingrich, campaign oddities