South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott said that ABC’s interview with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s second wife may be an issue for some Palmetto State voters, but the “timing” just days before the state’s primary may create an unintended backlash.
“It may indeed be an issue. But the question is the timing of it,” Scott acknowledged Thursday evening on CNN. “There may be actually a backlash that comes because some folks are saying that ABC has chosen the Republican nominee they want to see and so this story may play out in fact negatively for the other side.”
The former House speaker disputed his ex-wife's claims that he had asked her for permission to have an "open marriage" after she learned he was having an affair with his current wife, the former Callista Bisek.
Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond told The Associated Press that Gingrich never asked Marianne Gingrich for an "open marriage" and suggested, like Gingrich's daughters did, that Marianne Gingrich's comments may be suspect, given the emotional toll divorce takes on everyone involved.
"Divorces are very tough and people have very different recollections of how things happen," Hammond said.
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