Gingrich blames affair on stress in congress

Former Speaker of the House and likely GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is blaming his extramarital infidelities on stress related to his time in congress.

“There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate,” Gingrich told CBN’s David Brody in an interview released on Wednesday. “And what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn’t trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing them.”

Gingrich went on to say that he “felt compelled to seek God’s forgiveness” because of his affair but is now “truly enjoying the depths of my life in ways that I never dreamed it was possible.”

As Speaker of the House, Gingrich lead the charge to impeach President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair. He has admitted to cheating on second wife during the proceedings with his current wife Callista Gingrich.

“There are times that I have fallen short of my own standards,” Gingrich told Focus on the Family founder James Dobson in 2007 when asked about the affair. “There’s certainly times when I’ve fallen short of God’s standards.”

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  • AtomicAsphalt

    So he “thinks” he’s fallen short of God’s standards? I KNOW he’s fallen short of mine as a voter. The sooner conservatives can distance themselves from this hypocrite can’t be soon enough. He might be able to explain away his desire for some strange, but he’ll never be able to explain away his LOVE for ethanol. Oh yea, that plays in Iowa.

  • kmac

    He was my Congressional rep in Georgia and I voted for him several times. But this latest explanation for his infidelities has got to make his presidential ambitions DOA.

  • jiminga

    What a phony….at least he didn’t blame his moral failure on Bush.

  • Bsmooth

    HAHAHA, that has got to be the most pathetic attempt to spin an affair yet by a politician.

  • talibangelical

    At least he isn’t making excuses. He cheated because he loved his country. Clinton did it just because he loved BJ’s (and maybe guilt over Vince Foster??).

    Newt is an obvious patriot. I mean, how many guys love their country so much that they will break their marriage vows?

    Think of it, if he is elected President, he might feel so patriotic that he’d have to bang a whole harem in Vegas!

    Go Newt! I forgive you!