By Beverly Gates
The Trump transition team has announced it will hire conservative Newt Gingrich to work on its Family Values initiative.
“Newt will serve on a government think tank that will discuss ways to promote family values,” said Hope Hicks, a Trump spokesperson in a press release. “This will involve him traveling around the country and giving lectures about ways to promote traditional marriage.”
Gingrich, a former speaker of the House, has been an advocate of family values, even though he has a messy personal life. Like Trump, Gingrich is on his third marriage. His first wife was his former high school teacher, who he served divorce papers to while she was recovering from surgery. He dumped his second wife, Marianne, after she came down with a serious illness. While the marriage was crumbling, Gingrich suggested they have an open relationship, according to CNN.
Gingrich married his third wife, Callista Bisek, who was his former mistress. The couple married in the Catholic church.
“He believes that what he says in public and how he lives don’t have to be connected,” said Marianne Gingrich (wife no. 2,) according to an Esquire article.
Employing Gingrich to promote family values fits with Donald Trump’s hiring process of appointing people to oversee issues they are diametrically opposed to.
Betsy Devos, his nominee for secretary of education, has never worked as a teacher or served in public schools. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Trump’s nominee for secretary of Energy, once said he wanted to shut the department down. And Trump’s nominee for Labor Secretary Andrew Puzder is CEO of CKE Restaurants, a company that operates fast-food restaurants such as Carl’s Jr. The company has been accused of several labor violations such as wage theft, according to Attn.