Newt's Gay Half-Sister: Vote Obama

She and candidate 'mutually respectful,' but 'he is on the wrong side of history'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2011 7:47 AM CST
Candace Gingrich-Jones says she'll be voting for President Obama, no matter if she happens to share a little DNA with the Republican nominee.   (MSNBC)

(Newser) – Newt Gingrich might be surging in the polls, but he's not gaining any traction among a small part of his own family: Half-sister Candace Gingrich-Jones, a lesbian who has often sparred with her more famous sibling on gay rights, tells Rachel Maddow that she won't be voting Gingrich in 2012. Gingrich-Jones says she's going to "work really, really hard to make sure that President Obama is re-elected next year no matter who the Republican candidate is."

Gingrich-Jones says she and Gingrich are "mutually respectful," notes Reuters, but that when it comes to gay rights, "I know at the end of the day, he's wrong— he is definitely on the wrong side of history when it comes to those issues." Asked by Maddow if Gingrich might push an anti-gay agenda, Gingrich-Jones said, "I wouldn't put it past any of the GOP presidential candidates. It's historically been one of the tactics that's used—LGBT Americans and their lives." (Read more Election 2012 stories.)

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