Report: Newt’s Wife Didn’t Want Divorce

A new CNN report based on court documents indicates that Newt Gingrich’s first wife, Jackie Battley, did not want a divorce, which goes against his campaign’s earlier claim that she sought the divorce. The court papers read, “Defendant shows that she has adequate and ample grounds for divorce, but that she does not desire one at this time.” In 1985, Battley told a newspaper that the divorce, “came as a complete surprise.” But on Gingrich’s campaign website claims, “It was (Jackie Battley) that requested the divorce, not Newt.” CNN also interviewed a former associate of Gingrich, who claimed that Gingrich said of Battley, “You know and I know that she’s not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of a president.”