It actually could have happened to almost any politician, but it’s funny that Newt Gingrich’s friends made an offer of intimacy with Newt for money–to the owner of a porn business.
Newt Gingrich’s 527 group sent a letter to porn exec Allison Vivas Wednesday telling her she’d won their “Entrepreneur of the Year” award and inviting her to an “intimate event” with Gingrich.
“You’ll dine privately with Newt,” it reads. A handwritten addendum reads, “Newt is looking forward to finally meeting you face to face — and get your thoughts on cap and trade and Obama’s tax policy.”
Allison’s reply was rather witty, you can read it here…
We not only expect politicians to be all things to all people–we accept that the high price of access to media guarantees that we’ll continue to have billionaires running for office and entertainers getting elected.
How would we make an honest man out of Newt? Well, let me rephrase that–how do we temper the impact of money in politics?
Today, especially with the net, there are infinite layers of mis-identification between the politician and the supporters who put up the big cash. Now, more than ever, we need campaign finance reform. And a vigilant press, so that the intimate details of the deals politicians make to get elected will be exposed. That might even sell papers.