CNN: Newt Gingrich, not wife, pressed for first divorce

Last month, on a campaign website, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said it was his first wife, Jackie Battley Gingrich, who asked for their divorce back in 1980.

But CNN reports that it has obtained previously – shall we say – protected documents from the Carroll County court system that indicate the separation was requested by Gingrich, then a Georgia congressman.

See the documentation here.

Not a good thing to come out a week before the Iowa caucuses, when one is trying to draw a comparison with a desperate Washington crossing the Delaware River.

From CNN:

The documents, and interviews with people close to the couple at the time, contradict the Gingrich claim about who wanted the divorce.

Newt Gingrich filed a divorce complaint on July 14, 1980, in Carroll County, saying that “the marriage of the parties is irretriebably (sic) broken.”

Jackie Battley Gingrich, the congressman’s wife and the mother of Jackie Gingrich Cushman, responded by asking the judge to reject her husband’s filing.

“Defendant shows that she has adequate and ample grounds for divorce, but that she does not desire one at this time,” her petition said.

“Although defendant does not admit that this marriage is irretrievably broken, defendant has been hopeful that an arrangement for temporary support of defendant and the two minor daughters of the parties could be mutually agreed upon without the intervention of this court,” her petition said. “All efforts to date have been unsuccessful.”

When CNN presented the information found in the divorce file to the Gingrich campaign, its spokesman stood by the contention that it was Gingrich’s ex-wife who asked for the divorce in 1980.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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119 comments Add your comment

Bootnewt

December 27th, 2011
9:10 am

This proves, once again, that Newtron-Bomb will say anything, even BALD-FACED lies, and wonder why everyone gets upset.

Bootnewt

December 27th, 2011
9:11 am

OH….and a “Welcome Back” to you, Mr. Galloway! Happy New Year!

Ej

December 27th, 2011
9:16 am

This man is a dirty liar. Please don’t let him become president. If you think it’s bad now, you haven’t seen nothing yet.

baby

December 27th, 2011
9:18 am

Well, he has agreed not to cheat on his new girl this time, so that should count for something I guess. I think she was the one bl***** him in the car while he was still married. But they go to church now so that’s not a problem anymore. Hallelujah.

losersville

December 27th, 2011
9:20 am

A pathological liar. Bet he blames the liberal media for this.

Oblama

December 27th, 2011
9:21 am

We politicians lie…. just look at Oblama.

woohoo

December 27th, 2011
9:25 am

As if we need proof that the Grinch was a liar.

woohoo

December 27th, 2011
9:28 am

Grinch and Cruella de Ville as President and first “lady”.

woohoo

December 27th, 2011
9:29 am

What’s thaty Ga Tea Party? I can’t hear you….

The evil of two lesser's

December 27th, 2011
9:30 am

Well it could come down to two great choices in November, “Yes we can’t” or “My future public success will be better than my past public and private failures, trust me!” Two campaign motto’s to hang your hat or self on.

dump the insiders

December 27th, 2011
9:32 am

RON PAUL 2012

GT GRAD

December 27th, 2011
9:33 am

The truth is out there……the problem is that the media RARELY tells the truth!

As this post proves………..the biased lefty “reporters” spin everything negative about Republicans and spin almost everything positive about Democrats.

They refuse to even report negative topics about Democrats until the story gets too big and they absolutely must report a few facts just to save face.

Sad but true; anyone out there that claims my statements are false simply have there head in the sand OR they are borderline clueless………..the fact that the masses elected Obama essentially proves there are a bunch of people in this category.

KC

December 27th, 2011
9:37 am

And this means WHAT? A person contradicts something personal that was over 30 years ago and you self-righteous hypocrites on this blog call him a liar?! Who really cares what happens in someone’s divorce? Does it mean he can’t govern? NO! All we should care about right now is who can lead our country out this self-imposed mess. I don’t care if Obama is the most honest man since old Abe himself, he is INCOMPETENT. PERIOD.

losersville

December 27th, 2011
9:49 am

@GT Grad: Strawman argument. In fact, the media is probably too timid in confronting politicians. Did Newt say that his wife asked for the divorce? Yes. Do the court records show that he asked for the divorce? Yes. A blatant contradiction to what Newt said. Now how is it that the media is to blame for this. Newt is a liar, a draft-dodging, yellow-bellied chickenhawk, serial adulterer plain and simple.

adam

December 27th, 2011
9:50 am

Gingrich needs to get off the campaign trail and on the treadmill

woohoo

December 27th, 2011
9:50 am

KC “All we should care about right now is who can lead our country out this self-imposed mess. I don’t care if Obama is the most honest man since old Abe himself, he is INCOMPETENT. PERIOD.”

Healthcare reform
Credit Card reform
Saved America’s auto industry
Student loan reform
Got bin Laden and a host of other terrorists
New rules on Mercury emmissions

Need I go on? All after inheriting the worst mess in modern American history. And you prefer WHO? You’re like the chap sitting on his roof in a flood refusing all help because God was going to save him. Upon reaching heaven and asking God why he didn’t save him, the Lord answers, “I sent three boats to rescue you”.
Actually Republicans are not just sitting and waiting for help. They are doing everything in their power to sabotage the rescuers. Four more years!

Newton Leyrod Ginrich

December 27th, 2011
9:51 am

You folks talking her are the leftist, I love women, since the law have barred me from marrying morethan one wife, at least it allows me to marry, remarry, divorce as many times as i want whenver any women try to mess me up. Afteral there are many women out there. Ad for Callister, if she try to mess too, I am at will to divorce her as well. Look, I am a sixty three 63 years old man, i am made mistake in the past. but foe women, in my house, i am the king.That defense of Marriage Act has nothng to do with me, I am a sexy man, I can alwayfire, marry anytime i want. vote for people. I will legalize marrying of morethan two wives America

NewtBeGone

December 27th, 2011
9:53 am

@Oblama, we are discussing NEWT, not President Obama. I don’t trust ANY politicians, but I would put my vote for Obama & Mickey Mouse before I vote for Newt. If he doesn’t care about his wife & family, why would you think he would care about the American public? Is this the same wife who had cancer that he served divoce papers to in the hospital while he was tying a noose for Clinton’s neck because of the Monica Lewinski situation? He was seeing an intern, filed for a divorce from his wife who was fighting for her life with cancer & you idiots want him to be President. Her’s a liar & a cheater. Can’t stand the man(loser)

woohoo

December 27th, 2011
9:53 am

GT Grad you make me ashamed to be a Tech fan, and you belie the intelligence you must have once exercised in getting that Tech degree.

strom thurmond

December 27th, 2011
9:59 am

Jackie was his math teacher in h.s. and he married her to stay out of the army. his weakness is he can’t be loyal or trusted. a real pile of s///////.

NewtBeGone

December 27th, 2011
10:02 am

@Woohoo, everyone can thank good old boy BUSH, JR. for this mess we are in. President Obama is trying to help the 99% of us who aren’t wealthy, but because the Republicans are extremely wealthy, greedy, selfish,etc., they don’t want the American Public to have a dime out of their dollars. How sad. Follow the Tea Party people if you want & put a Republican back in office, it will be a million times worst because they will continue where Bush Jr. left off at. President Obama is trying his best, but if Congress has to vote on his solutions to help US, Republican controlled Congress will not let his ideas go through. One thing I can say he tried his best & he’s got my vote in 2012. Where is Osama Bin Laden, Suddam Hussein, Khadhafi, our Soldiers that were in Iraq that are now home with their families. Action speaks louder than words, give the President is justifiable credit people. STOP looking at color & start looking at who can help AMERICA. BIGOTY is ALWAYS the downfall of America. God help us ALL.

bart

December 27th, 2011
10:02 am

Ole Newt is a liar and a hypoccrite.

Last Man Standing

December 27th, 2011
10:02 am

No matter who it is, and no matter how big the lie, they will have to get in line behind Obama. No one yet has topped his lying. In fact, they should take lessons from him! But then, they would need the news media to aid them, and the news media is squarely in the Obama camp.

sad American

December 27th, 2011
10:05 am

Who said she didn’t ask for a divorce? Surely after living with him she would have wanted one, she just didn’t get all she wanted at the time. WooHoo hello? Socialist healthcare on the backs of the public supporting those who won’t? Credit reform? All he did was shake the box and it fell right back. Got Bin Laden? He never stepped foot in that compound and never served in the military. Saved the auto industry? He bailed out Chevy, Ford didn’t get any. Student loans? Whiny a$$ occupy slackers wouldn’t be complaining if he had.(paid for by former ACORN criminals) Woo Hoo is a moron.

bigapplegeorgiapeach

December 27th, 2011
10:07 am

Newt is not fit to carry Obama’s bags. And he will not win the Repug nomination, much less the presidential election!

KC

December 27th, 2011
10:07 am

WOOHOO = OCCUPY! This is what is wrong with you left wing AND right wing idiots. Clarity! Clear vision! Substance! I’m not voting for Newt or Obama. You certainly miss the point. Who really cares what happened 30 years ago in a personal divorce?! BTW, Obama has more than tripled our debt NOT reduced it. Get your facts straight moron!

Healthcare reform – OCCUPY reform
Credit Card reform- OCCUPY reform
Saved America’s auto industry – OCCUPY reform
Student loan reform – OCCUPY reform
Got bin Laden and a host of other terrorists Really? Did Obama point the gun?
New rules on Mercury emmissions – OCCUPY reform

woohoo

December 27th, 2011
10:09 am

Examples Last Man Standing??

woohoo

December 27th, 2011
10:12 am

“Obama has more than tripled our debt.”

Flaming Lie!

KC

December 27th, 2011
10:16 am

They do teach economics at Tech right? Ordo they teach now, LIE at any cost no matter what the facts are?

woohoo

December 27th, 2011
10:17 am

To those saying Obama deserves no credit for getting bin Laden, did you give Bush credit for keeping us safe (conveniently after 9-11) during his tenure? Did he personally keep us safe? Read and inform yourselves. Obama’s people and policies made the killing of binLaden happen with Obama making the final decision, a decision that carried a lot of risk by the way had he failed. Would you have blamed him if the Seals had failed?

Truman's Mom

December 27th, 2011
10:21 am

woohoo is a stomp idiot. Obama is the WORST president in my lifetime, if not in the history of the country. Jimmy Carter is thanking his lucky stars that his legacy is no longer the worst of modern times, Obama’s is. Obama is leading this country down the path of socialism which will lead to our country’s demise. And he is doing it all while Europe is collapsing under the same socialist model. He has got to go!

Ga Values...Just call me heartless

December 27th, 2011
10:21 am

woohoo

December 27th, 2011
10:22 am

KC w2hat does “occupy reform” actually mean? And why do you use it to dismiss the good things Obama has tried to get done for Americans. Most of those things he has done were done before the occupy movement started. Threatend much by the Occupy movement? Boo!

joelee

December 27th, 2011
10:23 am

—————–”NEWT FOR NEW MEAT IN YOUR SMOKEHOUSE”———————-
Obviously Representative Gingrich, in the 70’s, did not whip this woman when she needed it. If you don’t whip ‘em when they need whippin’, they’ll get to thinkin’ they’re good as you. Then you can’t do a thing with ‘em! I can fault Newt for this shortcoming. But I can applaud him for getting shed of her in civil court. We should be proud of Newt for puttin some new meat in his smokehouse.

woohoo

December 27th, 2011
10:23 am

Truman’s mom needs to turn off Talk Radio and think for herself. I think it’s called brain washing.

JAWJA

December 27th, 2011
10:23 am

Y’all left out that Newt did the serial adultery thing because he was such a PATRIOT! Seriously, all of us who were around and involved in politics at the time of his first divorce know it was the Dough Boy who wanted the divorce; also, Jackie had to go to court to get him to support his family. Low down dirty dog!

mehlman rings twice

December 27th, 2011
10:24 am

You know, sometimes when you work so hard and you love your country so much, things happen. You tend to forget the important things about your divorce, like who asked for it. Sometimes things get so stressful that you need a Chevrolet and not a Jaquar.

woohoo

December 27th, 2011
10:25 am

@joelee: heehee!

woohoo

December 27th, 2011
10:27 am

KC

December 27th, 2011
10:16 am
They do teach economics at Tech right? Ordo they teach now, LIE at any cost no matter what the facts are?

Huh??!

woohoo

December 27th, 2011
10:35 am

“Bush was the WORST president in my lifetime, if not in the history of the country. Jimmy Carter is thanking his lucky stars that his legacy is no longer the worst of modern times, Bush’s is.”

Fixed it for ya Truman’s Mom? What is a stomp idiot anyway?

jb

December 27th, 2011
10:45 am

It’s funny how so called Repulicans(really religous hyopcrites) demand character until they can’t find any and then say it’s not a big deal.

Clay WIllis

December 27th, 2011
10:51 am

Once again, Republican/conservative/libertarian/independent voters are allowing the Democrat Party, the left-leaning media and the Republican establishment to select the GOP candidate for POTUS. It appears that we learned nothing from the elections in 2008 and 2010. By nominating the “maverick”, moderate, next-in-line John McCain they assured the election of the worst President in 100 years. By allowing the forces listed above to destroy conservative candidates and nominate Mitt Romney, we’ll likely see a repeat of 2008 with man Republican voters staying home or not voting and the re-election of the worst President in 100 years. If so we deserve what we will get – the rate of the slide toward socialism will be accelerated with Obama care and bigger, more oppressive government.

yuzeyurbrane

December 27th, 2011
10:54 am

Who is surprised?

DannyX

December 27th, 2011
10:54 am

“Obama is the WORST president in my lifetime,”

Amazing! This blog has 3 year old’s posting. Wow.

woohoo

December 27th, 2011
10:54 am

Clay Willis: Victimised much? Po’ little black sheep.

Obama's no hero

December 27th, 2011
11:01 am

Obama got Bin Laden? They had intelligence in August that he was in that compound. It took him months to finally give the orders (any other President would have done it in weeks – not months). He has repeatedly shown he is a weak/slow decision maker. Definitely not a hero.

double

December 27th, 2011
11:10 am

I see the fat man got clerance.Why you plcking on Newt?He is yesterdays news.Better start on Mitt(Mittens)Romney.

Dave

December 27th, 2011
11:19 am

WHO CARES………….a divorce is a divorce. Most people lie about the causes for their divorce.

jay

December 27th, 2011
11:19 am

republicans who realise how brain dead and hypocritical they are now call themselves “independent”. Laughable. Just look yourself in the mirror and say… I’m an idiot who always gets the wool pulled over my eyes. It would be funny if you morons didn’t screw up the country so bad.

Will

December 27th, 2011
11:20 am

There goes that mean ole socialist, liberal news media talking about things that are not important.

Except……Ole Newt, not the news media, is the one that brought up the false claim that his former wife, not him, filed for divorce!

Now that the news media looked into his claim and found it to be false, it is “let’s blame the media” time. Ole Newt and the pizza salesman who quit his campaign are “two peas in a pod”. Both get caught acting in an immoral manner and it’s the media’s fault!!

I wish, just once, when a politicaian starts to lecture a member of the media about what is, or is not, a significant issue to the American public, the interviewer would respond, “I am conducting the interview, not you. I get to decide the questions – if you don’t want to answer them, fine. If the public doesn’t think my questions are legimate, fine. You may be right BUT you don’t get to ask and answer only the questions you think are important. If you want to ask the questions, join the media. If not, either answer my question or decline and let’s move on”.