Newt’s version of his first divorce might not be accurate

Mitt Romney’s oppo team is clearly hard at work this week.

From CNN:

Newt Gingrich filed a divorce complaint on July 14, 1980, in Carroll County, saying that “the marriage of the parties is irretriebably (sic) broken.”

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Jackie Battley Gingrich, the congressman’s wife and the mother of Jackie Gingrich Cushman, responded by asking the judge to reject her husband’s filing.

Serious question: does anyone care anymore? I’m including the GOP base in Iowa. The fact that Newt is a serial adulterer on wife #3 is beyond old news. Will hitting voters over the head with recycled information have a meaningful impact? I just don’t see it being a make or break issue for Newt.

Melissa Ryan is a political consultant. She’s spent a decade leading digital campaigns for nonprofits and political races, including EMILY’s List, Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, the New Organizing Institute, and Senator Russ Feingold’s campaign. Visit her website at or follow her on Twitter @MelissaRyan.

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