Who knew that Nasty Newt’s wife had a few “nasty” secrets of her own???
Callista Gingrich – who carried on a seven-year extramarital affair with Newt before they wed – maintains an intimate friendship with an openly gay woman she’s known since high school. “Callista is a great friend,” Karen Olson, a canon with the Minneapolis-based Episcopal Church in Minnesota, told The ENQUIRER.
“I was a bridesmaid at her wedding to Newt, and I enjoy him immensely.” The two women, who are both 45, grew up in Whitehall, Wis., and went on to study music at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. They both pledged the same sorority, Delta Alpha Delta, before graduating in the class of 1988, according to Olson.
“Callista and I go way back, and we had a lot of fun together,” she said. “She knew I was a lesbian by the time we were at college and was fine with it. I’ve found her to be open-minded.”
In fact, helmet-haired Callista is so open-minded that she was Newt’s mistress while he was still married to his second wife Marianne, who recently blasted Gingrich in a highly publicized interview, saying he’d asked her for an “open marriage.”
But Olson leapt to his defense. “I think Newt is funny,” she told The ENQUIRER. “He is certainly smart and has a thousand ideas. I enjoy him and I trust him. “I think he values my friendship with Callista, and I consider him a good friend as well. “We may differ on some realities of life, but that doesn’t change the fact that we can get past some of our differences.