He's a Sleaze Ball!!
I can sum up why I will never vote for Newt Gingrich with six words - the man is a sleaze ball!
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Gingrich resigned from Congress in disgrace in 1998. Why he has been
embraced by so many people is merely an indication that they
are ignorant of who the man is.
Since Gingrich has managed to fool enough people to actually win
the South Carolina primary and has significant support in polls, I may
as well outline my reasons why I can't stand the SOB.
1. He is a hypocrite. While he was Speaker of the House he was
constantly making moralistic speeches and leading the fight to impeach
Bill Clinton while he was carrying on an affair with one of his
staffers. When his then-wife asked him how he could justify his
behaviour, he said "people need to do as I say, not as I do." That, my
folks, is a hypocrite.
2. He was censured by the House of Representatives for ethics
violations and fined $300,000 - by a REPUBLICAN CONGRESS! During his
tenure as Speaker, he alienated his fellow Republicans to the point
that they were willing to throw him under the bus to get rid of him.
While he was not indicted for violating IRS rules when he used campaign
funds - the tune of $1 million - to finance a college history class he
was teaching, his fellow Congressmen determined that his actions were a
violations of House ethics rules. There is a good reason that very few
of the Republicans he served with in Congress who are supporting him.
When he learned that Republicans were planning to vote him out as
speaker, he resigned. But then he also resigned his seat in Congress
rather than serving out the new term to which his constituents had just
elected him. He was like a little boy who takes his marbles and goes
home because he can't be the top dog.
It has also come out recently that while he was serving as Speaker, the
FBI was investigating him for taking bribes. The investigation was
halted by the FBI Director, possibly (probably) for political reasons.
This is all not to mention his activities as an influence peddler since
he left Congress, and his role with the government-sponsored lending
institution Fannie Mae and Fannie Mac.