Gingrich: Vote for Obama
A gay man claims Newt Gingrich told him to vote for Obama.
Jason Clayworth, Des Moines Register (“Newt Gingrich to gay Iowan: Vote for Obama“):
Newt Gingrich told a gay man and longtime resident of Oskaloosa here today that he should vote for President Obama.
“I asked him if he’s elected, how does he plan to engage gay Americans. How are we to support him? And he told me to support Obama,” said Scott Arnold, an associate professor of writing at William Penn University.”
Arnold, a Democrat, said he came to the event at Smokey Row coffee house with an open mind. But he wanted to ask Gingrich about how he would represent him as president after reading past comments the former U.S. House Speaker as made about gay and lesbians.
“When you ask somebody a question and you expect them to support all Americans and have everyone’s general interest,” Arnold said. “It’s a little bit frustrating and disheartening when you’re told to support the other side. That he doesn’t’ need your support.”
Now, the only evidence we have that Gingrich said this is the word of one person–a self-professed Democrat–who we’ve never heard of. But the account seems plausible. And, frankly, it’s the right advice: If gay issues are your driving concern, the Democrats are your better bet.