Now nearly three decades old, David Osborne’s 1984 MoJo profile of Newt Gingrich remains the definitive portrait of the future Speaker of the House as a young man. The article revealed sides of Gingrich that continue to dog him to this day: the reports of infidelity, the now-infamous story of his hospital-room visit with his first wife, and a mile-long trail of aggrieved colleagues. As his firstex-wife later put it, Mother Jones “scooped the world on Newt Gingrich.” Newt was equally blunt; the article, he said, was “one of the saddest things in my public career.” We dusted off a copy for you; check it out.
"It was a mutually beneficial relationship, for the most part. Gingrich made sure that Lockheed was in line for its usual fill of hefty defense contracts, and Lockheed made sure Gingrich always had support for his ventures, political and otherwise. The company donated the maximum $10,000 to Gingrich’s campaign in the lead-up to the 1994 Republican Revolution, and, just for good measure, shelled out another $10,000 in seed money for Gingrich’s weekly lecture series on American history, “Renewing American Civilization,” during which the Speaker dutifully talked up the company’s corporate virtues."
— As Speaker, Newt Gingrich talked a lot about bureaucratic waste—except when it came to the powerful defense contractor next door. MoJo’s Tim Murphy has the story.
Mr. President, what if that potted plant right in front of us is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together its true motives?
Newt Gingrich probably didn’t say that—so far as we know. But he has said a lot of crazy things in his time. Like the time he said that he was the only thing standing between us and Auschwitz. Or the time he compared a disputed House election to the Holocaust. Actually, he’s compared a lot of things to the Holocaust. For the full rundown, check out the Newt Testament, our complete guide to 33 years of bomb-throwing.
"Anybody can fall once, but when it becomes somebody like Plaxico Burress or Roger Clemens, it starts to get old."
— Catholic League president Bill Donohue, explaining to MoJo’s Tim Murphy why he’s skeptical about Newt Gingrich’s primary chances. Read the full story, on the former Speaker’s meeting with controversial pastor John Hagee, here.