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Serial adulterer Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House who openly cheated on his first and second wives, has promised to be faithful to the his current wife, a former House committee staff member who slept with him while he was married and criticizing a sitting President for adultery.
It’s not the first time Gingrich has promised to not sleep around. He signed a no-adultery pledge when he married Jackie Battley but broke that pledge by entering into an affair with Marianne Ginther.
Gingrich dumped Battley, serving her with divorce papers while she was hospitalized, and married Ginther in 1981, signing a second pledge to be faithful.
Then Gingrich, while serving as Speaker of the House bedded Calista Bisek, a House Agriculture Committee staff member. At the same time, he openly criticized then-President Bill Clinton for an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
“A man who ignores the sanctity of marriage should not hold elected office,” Gingrich said at the time. “He does not deserve the support or respect of the people.”
Then Gingrich, under fire by the House Ethics Committee for playing fast and loose with the law, resigned from office and dumped second wife Marianne and married his mistress Calista in 2000, signing a third pledge to be faithful.
Now, in a letter to The Family Leader, Gingrich promises — for a fourth time — to not continue his philandering ways.
“I also pledge to uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others,” Gingrich wrote in a letter to the group.