On Sunday’s ”Meet the Press,” Newt Gingrich alienated a huge chunk of the Republican party when he said he supported an individual mandate for health care AND called Paul Ryan’s budget plan, “radical.” Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh said not even he could justify Gingrich’s comments on “Meet the Press” and in Iowa, a disgruntled voter asked the 2012 candidate, “why don’t you get out before you make a bigger fool of yourself?”
Today, Newt’s week got even worse. According to financial disclosure forms filed with the House of Representatives, Gingrich and his wife owed as much as $500,000 to Tiffany’s in 2005 and 2006. Though Newt hasn’t been required to fill out a financial disclosure form since he left Congress in 1999, his wife Calista was employed by the House Agriculture Committee until 2007 and was therefore required to release her financial records. The debt at Tiffany’s was incurred on a “revolving charge account” that Calista listed as her spouse’s (Newt’s) debt.
When Politico asked Gingrich’s campaign about the debt, his spokesman replied “no response.”
Who knows if the Gingrich’s have paid off their bedazzled debt but one thing is for certain: the former Speaker of the House could have definitely gone without another embarrassment this week.