Republican conservatives who saw Cain as a viable alternative to the more moderate Mitt Romney are likely to turn to Gingrich — at least for the time being and until something more palatable comes along.
Still, Gingrich carries a lot of baggage that that causes heartburn for the “family values” right-wing of the GOP. The thrice-married former Speaker of the House moved from wife to wife after adulterous affairs. His lavish lifestyle doesn’t sit well with some and his habit of shifting positions worries others.
“Newt Gingrich is a phony,” says long-time Republican voter Andrea Reynolds of Marietta, Georgia in Gingrich’s old Congressional district. “Underneath the intellectual facade is a honey old bastard who puts blow jobs above jobs for Americans.”
Reynolds’ remarks refers to a Vanity Fair profile of Gingrich that portrayed him as a sexual creature who liked quickie oral sex from a variety of women. Gingrich served divorce papers on his critically-ill first wife in the hospital while having an affair with his soon-to-be second wife. He dumped the second wife in the midst of a tryst with a House committee staff member who is his current wife.
“Like so many in Washington, Gingrich equates sexual conquest with power,” says former Capitol Hill Blue editor and publisher Doug Thompson, who worked as a consultant to Gingrich’s GoPAC political operation in the 1992 election. “He was always on the make but that’s not an exclusive club in power circles for either Republicans or Democrats.”
Ironically, Cain — the former Georgia businessman who dropped out of the Presidential race amid charges of sexual harassment and a 13-year-affair — is set to endorse Gingrich.
Does this mean Cain supports both Gingrich’s political beliefs and his lifestyle?