Candace Gingrich

An Open Letter to My Brother, Newt Gingrich

Filed By Candace Gingrich | November 23, 2008 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: anti-gay, Candace Gingrich, Fox News, gay rights, Newt Gingrich, open letter to Newt Gingrich

Dear Newt,

I recently had the displeasure of watching you bash the protesters of the Prop 8 marriage ban to Bill O'Reilly on FOX News. I must say, after years of watching you build your career by stirring up the fears and prejudices of the far right, I feel compelled to use the words of your idol, Ronald Reagan, "There you go, again."

However, I realize that you may have been a little preoccupied lately with planning your resurrection as the savior of your party, so I thought I would fill you in on a few important developments you might have overlooked.

The truth is that you're living in a world that no longer exists. I, along with millions of Americans, clearly see the world the way it as -- and we embrace what it can be. You, on the other hand, seem incapable of looking for new ideas or moving beyond what worked in the past.

Welcome to the 21st century, big bro. I can understand why you're so afraid of the energy that has been unleashed after gay and lesbian couples had their rights stripped away from them by a hateful campaign. I can see why you're sounding the alarm against the activists who use all the latest tech tools to build these rallies from the ground up in cities across the country.

This unstoppable progress has at its core a group we at HRC call Generation Equality. They are the most supportive of full LGBT equality than any American generation ever -- and when it comes to the politics of division, well, they don't roll that way. 18-24 year olds voted overwhelmingly against Prop 8 and overwhelmingly for Barack Obama. And the numbers of young progressive voters will only continue to grow. According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning, about 23 million 18-29 year olds voted on Nov. 4, 2008 -- the most young voters ever to cast a ballot in a presidential election. That's an increase of 3 million more voters compared to 2004.

These are the same people who helped elect Barack Obama and sent a decisive message to your party. These young people are the future and their energy will continue to drive our country forward. Even older Americans are turning their backs on the politics of fear and demagoguery that you and your cronies have perfected over the years.

This is a movement of the people that you most fear. It's a movement of progress -- and your words on FOX News only show how truly desperate you are to maintain control of a world that is changing before your very eyes.

Then again, we've seen these tactics before. We know how much the right likes to play political and cultural hardball, and then turn around and accuse us of lashing out first. You give a pass to a religious group -- one that looks down upon minorities and women -- when they use their money and membership roles to roll back the rights of others, and then you label us "fascists" when we fight back. You belittle the relationships of gay and lesbian couples, and yet somehow neglect to explain who anointed you the protector of "traditional" marriage. And, of course, you've also mastered taking the foolish actions of a few people and then indicting an entire population based on those mistakes. I fail to see how any of these patterns coincide with the values of "historic Christianity" you claim to champion.

Again, nothing new here. This is just more of the blatant hypocrisy we're used to hearing.

What really worries me is that you are always willing to use LGBT Americans as political weapons to further your ambitions. That's really so '90s, Newt. In this day and age, it's embarrassing to watch you talk like that. You should be more afraid of the new political climate in America, because, there is no place for you in it.

In other words, stop being a hater, big bro.

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I live in Cobb County, GA, in the very district your brother came from. Even though the majority of the people in this county sent two of the most conservative people back to Congress since your brother, the mindset is slowing - and carefully - changing in the hearts and minds of the people here. Even the political climate in his hometown is changing to the point where he has no place.

So, my question to you is, "Is the political climate within HRC changing to the point where there will be a place for transgender people when ENDA comes back?" With Obama supporting a fully inclusive ENDA, that's a changing political climate that YOU have to face.

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | November 23, 2008 8:09 PM


Way to stick it to Newt! Enough with the hateration. We have too many problems that we as a country to solve to spend time division and bigotry.

Thanks Candace
Your words have more power than you realize. There is an undercurrent of what FOX can get away with. They will try everything to defeat us as a democratic movement.

Given the way he's lived his personal life, Newt Gingrich has no business commenting publicly about anything related to family values or morality. The man has the personal ethics and morals of a feral tomcat in heat. Candace Gingrich knows that well. In fact, the only morality I want to hear about, in connection with government, is the lack of morality of executives of bankrupt companies flying on corp jets and getting humongous bonuses.

Oh, I'm soooo hoping the GOP hitches its wide-stanced elephant wagon to Oughtabe Newtered Gingrich's twenty-cat-team-pulled hearse. An Obama reelection landslide would be inevitable.

Thank you, Candace. I think most of us know what it is like to hear a family member speak as Newt did. It is sometimes difficult to speak against them and answer to their denials. I don't imagine it to be any easier when the nation is looking on. Or maybe it's a whole lot easier. But you're right, things are changing. Even Indiana went for Barack Obama!

A letter perfect open letter, Candace. Glad to see you posting with us again. :)

Angela Brightfeather | November 24, 2008 9:07 AM


The day after the elections I recieved a call from a person who said they were doing a survey on behalf of Newt Gingrich and could I spare a moment to give my opinion.

I said, "I don't care about Newt Gingrich or anything he has to say and I would appreciate your telling himthat for me directly."

I know that person never gave him the message. but isn't that just the way it is? Some people in this world seem never to get the message.

"Some people in this world seem never to get the message." Gee, Angela. I wonder who you were talking about? I'm sure that sentence wasn't directed at Newt.


Your Brothers party and the people that passed Prop. 8 are not thinking clearly! They really do not get that they are discriminating! They honestly think Gay People should not exist! They also think Gay people have a "Choice"

HRC has done the same thing by using the T-People as a bargaining chip to discard and/or say incremental steps must be made to pass an ENDA!

Maybe you could get Your leader (Joe), the whole HRC and quite a few gays to admit they discriminated against T-People?

I hope that Prop. 8 and all of the anti-gay bills and laws will get overturned or removed!

I sure hope that HRC will come out and support an United (Full inclusion of LBGT) ENDA!

It seems that HRC is not getting the msg that T-people will Picket every HRC event to raise awareness that Trans people are being Killed! That HRC discriminated against T-People HRC needs to correct that Discrimination!

Is it not just like how Your brother views you

Thank You Monica Helms for your quick responce!


You know, I am reminded of a scribble I saw on a bathroom wall when I was a student at Southern Illinois University back in '94-'95: "Flush Rush and Shoot Newt." Catchy, huh?

These people are just like the old fashioned bobo doll; they may get knocked down, but they keep coming back up. An idea, no matter how archaic and despicable, is the hardest thing to eliminate of all.

Mary Rae