Timothy P. Carney
Newt Gingrich didn’t leave his wife on her deathbed with cancer, she’s very much alive and doing quite well.
Now, a lot of that story seems to be true, according to this column by Gingrich’s daughter, while much of it is misrepresented, she claims. But the one fact that really caught my eye: Newt Gingrich’s first wife, Jackie Battley Gingrich, is still alive. She wasn’t really on her death bed.
Here’s the passage from young Jackie Gingrich Cushman’s column from May:
My mother and I have both recently run into quite a few people who hold an inaccurate understanding of this hospital visit. Many think my mother is dead.
So, to correct the record, here is what happened: My mother, Jackie Battley Gingrich, is very much alive, and often spends time with my family. I am lucky to have such a “Miracle Mom,” as I titled her in a column this week.
Newt’s daughter goes on to state that her mom (Newt’s first wife) had requested the divorce. But most importantly, it seems — SHE DIDN’T DIE. She’s still alive, as far as I can tell — or was, at least, back in May. Here’s a property record that seems to indicate she owns a house in Georgia, something only living people do.
I’m not saying anything about Gingrich’s candidacy or character. I’m just saying something about his first wife. She’s alive.