Newt Gingrich’s Gay Half-Sister Will Vote for Barack Obama


Last night, Candace Gingrich-Jones, the gay half-sister of Newt Gingrich, appeared on the Rachel Maddow show to talk about politics, gay rights, and Gingrich himself, whom she’s (not surprisingly) clashed with over the years, though they’ve always been “mutually respectful,” she says. “The catch is that when we leave the dinner table or leave the Christmas gathering, you know he and Callista still have way more rights than my wife and Rebecca and I do.”

Gingrich-Jones is a director at the Human Rights Campaign, a gay advocacy group, and says that Newt “is definitely on the wrong side of history when it comes to those issues” and that she will “work really, really hard to make sure that President Obama is re-elected next year no matter who the Republican candidate is.”

For the record: Newt did not attend Gingrich-Jones’ wedding, though he did send a gift, she told Maddow.

For the record, also: It’s pronounced “Ging-rick.”

Watch the full interview above.