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!

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.

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