• Newt Gingrich Uses Ex-Mistress to Win Over Conservatives at CPAC

    If there's one thing Newt Gingrich is good at — apart from saying "fundamentally" — it's fundamentally misunderstanding his own popularity. First, he thought he could go from disgraced ex-House Speaker and occasional cable talking head to leader of the free world.

    And now he's trying to appeal to social conservatives by trotting out the woman who broke up his second marriage

    Callista Gingrich is set to introduce her husband Newt Gingrich at CPAC… It would be one of the rare times that Callista has had a public presence on the campaign trail, and it comes at an event that will be filled with conservatives for whom social issues are key.

    The speech she's supposed to give is intended to be light-hearted and descriptive about the man she's married to, the source told POLITICO. Her decision to introduce her husband is intended as the first step in what will be a broader rollout of Callista going forward.

    This is clearly an attempt to soften the candidate's image. But based on Newt's physical appearance, he's already soft enough.

    Fortunately for Callista, while being used as a political prop may prove unpleasant, it can't possibly be more unpleasant than simply being married to Newt Gingrich.

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    Tags: Callista Gingrich, CPAC, Marriage, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans


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