Gingrich Takes a Page from Clinton Playbook
In New Hampshire, where the next primary takes place on Tuesday, Gingrich faced some tough questions from reporters about his eight-year association with mortgage giant Freddie Mac, which produced more than $1.6 million in income for Gingrich for what he has described as consulting services after he left Congress in 1999. A reporter pointed out that Freddie Mac officials have now said that it's fine with them if Gingrich releases details of the contractual arrangement, and asked the candidate when he planned to do so.
Gingrich explained that although he personally is OK with releasing the documents, he no longer has any control over the entity with custody of them, the Center for Health Transformation. Gingrich created and owned the center until he started running for president, at which time he turned over management to an underling, Nancy Desmond, his former chief of staff when he was a congressman from the 6th District of Georgia from 1995 to 1999. Gingrich told the media scrum that Desmond is now president of the group, and would have to make any decisions about releasing documents. Then, a reporter followed up with this: