Newt Gingrich, the current GOP front-runner, has admitted making “mistakes” in the past. Calling this an understatement would be an understatement. In addition to his multiple affairs and multiple divorces, Gingrich has contradicted himself more times than anyone could count. So, saying he has made “mistakes” is quite generous. It would be like saying Lady Gaga is a bit odd.
Here is a sampling of Gingrich “mistakes”:
- Co-sponsored 418 bills with Nancy Pelosi
- Worked with Pelosi and Gore to push “global warming” legislation
- Voted to create the Department of Education in 1979
- Co-sponsored the “Fairness Doctrine” in 1987 in violation of the 1st Amendment
- Voted for NAFTA & supported WTO
- Paid over $1.3 million by Freddie Mac
- Supports individual health care mandates
- Supported TARP and other bailouts
But, another classic that many have forgotten is that Newt Gingrich was fined and publicly reprimanded by the House of Representatives when he was the Speaker of the House. The Washington Post published an article entitled “House Reprimands, Penalizes Speaker” on January 22, 1997. The article begins:
The House voted overwhelmingly yesterday to reprimand House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and order him to pay an unprecedented $300,000 penalty, the first time in the House’s 208-year history it has disciplined a speaker for ethical wrongdoing.
The ethics case and its resolution leave Gingrich with little leeway for future personal controversies, House Republicans said. Exactly one month before yesterday’s vote, Gingrich admitted that he brought discredit to the House and broke its rules by failing to ensure that financing for two projects would not violate federal tax law and by giving the House ethics committee false information.
“Newt has done some things that have embarrassed House Republicans and embarrassed the House,” said Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.). “If [the voters] see more of that, they will question our judgment.”
Gingrich has not kept his vows in private relationships. He did not fulfill his duty as Speaker of the House, and he cannot be trusted to uphold his vow as President.