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(Washington Post)   Newt Gingrich really, really likes Tiffany, which is why I think he's alone now   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 125
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2011-07-01 05:59:47 PM
So Newt legally obtained his money and is spending it in a legal manner as he sees fit. I continue to miss how this story has any relevance to anything whatsoever. NEWT BUYS EXPENSIVE JEWELERY A LOT ZOHMYGOSH.

The Gingriches were generous to staff in other ways, typically contributing up to 20 percent of each staffer's salary to their pension funds and giving a minimum year-end bonus of 20 percent of base salary - often much more.

"The Gingriches have always been extremely generous with their staff, from bonuses and pension fund contributions to the Christmas gifts in Tiffany boxes," said former campaign spokesman Rick Tyler. "I think those gifts were always appreciated."


Aaannnnnd farkyouverymuch for making me like Newt. Seems like a standup kinda boss.

The extravagant appearance of the purchases also generated concern among employees in 2008 when some Gingrich companies encountered financial difficulties. Over the next two years, bonuses and pension contributions were reduced or eliminated. Even though the Gingriches were using their personal funds for the Tiffany items, the disparity made some employees uncomfortable.

Aaaannnnnd it seems he had a bunch of ungrateful douchebags for employees who felt entitled to those benefits and bonuses.
 
2011-07-01 06:56:53 PM
The former employees agreed to be interviewed by the The Washington Post to explain how staff concerns mounted about Gingrich's spending and his relationship with Tiffany. All three said they admire Gingrich but question his judgment.

His judgment about what? Buying expensive things with the money he has? Like politicians don't do that with houses and vacations and cars?

Christ, of all the horrible shiat he's done, THIS is what makes his staffers question his judgment? Bull.
 
2011-07-01 07:03:24 PM
So the guy likes buying his employees and wives nice jewelry / trinkets.

He's going to be our next President; definitely out-classes Fartbamo by a long shot.
 
2011-07-01 07:04:44 PM
What a dick to his wife and employees!! Clearly the world's greatest monster for not using public money to purchase personal items.


/ Still a dick for the whole first wife thing though
 
2011-07-01 07:05:39 PM
Jeebus, his numerous affairs, divorces and current marriage to Mrs Skeletor is more relevant than a rich man buying things at a store for rich people. Shiat, I's be happy if my boss bought me something from Tiffany, and I wouldn't be sqealing to the press like those three ungrateful employees who got gifts.
 
2011-07-01 07:06:22 PM

lennavan


"The Gingriches have always been extremely generous with their staff, from bonuses and pension fund contributions to the Christmas gifts in Tiffany boxes," said former campaign spokesman Rick Tyler. "I think those gifts were always appreciated."

Aaannnnnd farkyouverymuch for making me like Newt. Seems like a standup kinda boss.


It makes sense to take care of the people who might know... things.
 
2011-07-01 07:06:46 PM
"Class warfare does not create jobs," he said in a written statement.

OK, so fine, Newt can spend his personal money on useless trinkets all he wants, but does the right have to scream "CLASS WARFAREGARRBL" every single f*cking time someone questions something they do?
 
2011-07-01 07:06:58 PM
demonic liberal communofascist here

i really don't give a flying fark what the bigwig buys

so long as he does his farking job competently
 
2011-07-01 07:07:46 PM
I am surprised to see that Gingrich is a huge backer of DeBeers.

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2011-07-01 07:08:45 PM
Newt Gingrich? Didn't that guy die in the 90s?
 
2011-07-01 07:11:06 PM
Newt is just a regular American man who drops $300 grand on Christmas gifts for his wife -- just like everyone else.

He's a man of the people.
 
2011-07-01 07:11:44 PM
Came for the pics of creepy wife who eats your soul
 
2011-07-01 07:12:42 PM
Children behave
 
2011-07-01 07:16:42 PM
Why is this an issue? As long as he didn't ROB Tiffany's, who cares how much money he's spent there?

+1 subby, made me chuckle.
 
2011-07-01 07:17:28 PM
The extravagant appearance of the purchases also generated concern among employees in 2008 when some Gingrich companies encountered financial difficulties. Over the next two years, bonuses and pension contributions were reduced or eliminated. Even though the Gingriches were using their personal funds for the Tiffany items, the disparity made some employees uncomfortable.

this is probably what it means
 
2011-07-01 07:17:59 PM
You should see what the other 29 rich bastards* on those cruises do for a living.

*wouldn't mind being one of them
 
2011-07-01 07:18:13 PM
On a smaller scale, Gingrich spent about $40,000 over four years buying Tiffany trinkets as Christmas gifts for up to 100 employees, according to three former employees who asked not to be named because of the issue's sensitivity. because they're hoping they're still on the list.

FTFT
 
2011-07-01 07:18:19 PM

casual disregard: demonic liberal communofascist here

i really don't give a flying fark what the bigwig buys

so long as he does his farking job competently


I begrudgingly agree, but that said, it's about priorities.

Treat your staff well, by all means, that's how you keep decent, skilled, productive people (and how to be a mensch) but if you're running a damn campaign - or a business, or a government, or whatever... maybe take a look at where the money's going and also how it's gonna look, PR wise.

I worked on a campaign VASTLY smaller in scale - they paid me okay, but I got housing included (had to move across the state so that was fair), gas comped, they trusted me to spend wisely with the campaign credit card, etc. At least when a retiree handed me a $25 check - because that's what they could manage - I could honestly tell them we were gonna use that money as best we could, and that we appreciated it.

We lost by 1 or 2 percent, but were outspent at *least* 10 fold by certain groups that targeted our race Probably more like 20 or 30, but kinda hard to track dollar amounts from the outside groups that blanketed the area in the last few weeks with damn near outright lies (my 'favorite' was a 'teachers hate [my candidate] mailer - she was a unpaid trustee at the local college and was endorsed by every. single. education group in the district).

C'est la vie.
 
2011-07-01 07:18:47 PM

MrEricSir: Newt is just a regular American man who drops $300 grand on Christmas gifts for his wife -- just like everyone else.

He's a man of the people.


Bullshiat.
I don't know what ivory tower you live in, but normal Americans only spend 75-80k on their wife's Christmas gifts, and that includes the yearly Christmas car.
 
2011-07-01 07:21:51 PM
Now I know America is not as "free" right now as it was at one time, but Unless there is something I am missing, why is it news, or anybody's damn business what he bought with his own money?
 
2011-07-01 07:25:07 PM

lennavan: So Newt legally obtained his money and is spending it in a legal manner as he sees fit. I continue to miss how this story has any relevance to anything whatsoever. NEWT BUYS EXPENSIVE JEWELERY A LOT ZOHMYGOSH.

The Gingriches were generous to staff in other ways, typically contributing up to 20 percent of each staffer's salary to their pension funds and giving a minimum year-end bonus of 20 percent of base salary - often much more.

"The Gingriches have always been extremely generous with their staff, from bonuses and pension fund contributions to the Christmas gifts in Tiffany boxes," said former campaign spokesman Rick Tyler. "I think those gifts were always appreciated."

Aaannnnnd farkyouverymuch for making me like Newt. Seems like a standup kinda boss.

The extravagant appearance of the purchases also generated concern among employees in 2008 when some Gingrich companies encountered financial difficulties. Over the next two years, bonuses and pension contributions were reduced or eliminated. Even though the Gingriches were using their personal funds for the Tiffany items, the disparity made some employees uncomfortable.

Aaaannnnnd it seems he had a bunch of ungrateful douchebags for employees who felt entitled to those benefits and bonuses.


If you knew what Gingrich's staffers knew about old Newtie, you would probably be awash in Tiffany, too.

People keep their mouths shut for various rewards.
 
2011-07-01 07:26:09 PM

magu2k: Now I know America is not as "free" right now as it was at one time, but Unless there is something I am missing, why is it news, or anybody's damn business what he bought with his own money?


Cause he's a prick.
 
2011-07-01 07:26:28 PM
This man is not fit to be president. He is too p[_]$$y whipped by that Orly Owl he is married to.
 
2011-07-01 07:27:28 PM
When Barack Obama enjoys a type of lettuce, or when John Kerry likes to go wind surfing, or John Edwards has 500 dollar haircut, you have to point those out for being "elitist" but looking into millions of dollars worth of Tiffany's credit is "class warfare" when it's a Republican.
 
2011-07-01 07:30:10 PM

depmode98: When Barack Obama enjoys a type of lettuce, or when John Kerry likes to go wind surfing, or John Edwards has 500 dollar haircut, you have to point those out for being "elitist" but looking into millions of dollars worth of Tiffany's credit is "class warfare" when it's a Republican.


Right, because there is no difference between $500 and $3,000,000.
 
2011-07-01 07:30:15 PM
p.playme.com
(for people who dont get the joke)
 
2011-07-01 07:30:22 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: lennavan: So Newt legally obtained his money and is spending it in a legal manner as he sees fit. I continue to miss how this story has any relevance to anything whatsoever. NEWT BUYS EXPENSIVE JEWELERY A LOT ZOHMYGOSH.

The Gingriches were generous to staff in other ways, typically contributing up to 20 percent of each staffer's salary to their pension funds and giving a minimum year-end bonus of 20 percent of base salary - often much more.

"The Gingriches have always been extremely generous with their staff, from bonuses and pension fund contributions to the Christmas gifts in Tiffany boxes," said former campaign spokesman Rick Tyler. "I think those gifts were always appreciated."

Aaannnnnd farkyouverymuch for making me like Newt. Seems like a standup kinda boss.

The extravagant appearance of the purchases also generated concern among employees in 2008 when some Gingrich companies encountered financial difficulties. Over the next two years, bonuses and pension contributions were reduced or eliminated. Even though the Gingriches were using their personal funds for the Tiffany items, the disparity made some employees uncomfortable.

Aaaannnnnd it seems he had a bunch of ungrateful douchebags for employees who felt entitled to those benefits and bonuses.

If you knew what Gingrich's staffers knew about old Newtie, you would probably be awash in Tiffany, too.

People keep their mouths shut for various rewards.


also this.
 
2011-07-01 07:37:43 PM

mtylerjr: [p.playme.com image 256x256]
(for people who dont get the joke)


I always liked the original album cover...and yes I know she did a spread in Playboy.

www.mediabistro.com
 
2011-07-01 07:38:51 PM
I can't believe more people aren't praising this headline.
 
2011-07-01 07:40:08 PM
No, 4chan loves Lady Gaga.
 
2011-07-01 07:41:43 PM

jigger: I can't believe more people aren't praising this headline.


Didn't think it was all that funny
 
2011-07-01 07:42:15 PM

skinink: Jeebus, his numerous affairs, divorces and current marriage to Mrs Skeletor is more relevant than a rich man buying things at a store for rich people. Shiat, I's be happy if my boss bought me something from Tiffany, and I wouldn't be sqealing to the press like those three ungrateful employees who got gifts.


And I would add, as a jeweler of many years - Tiffany makes nice stuff. Their high-line shiat is killer expensive, yes - but the quality and value to dollar ratio is actually quite high, and with their goods, you aren't paying a "fool premium" for a brand name (note- this applies to their HIGH-LINE product - their consumer level stuff is overpriced, and not a good deal).
 
2011-07-01 07:44:26 PM
What do you do with diamonds? Is the jealousy of the other society women so tasty that it's worth $300,000? do the suffering and warfare that they finance give you a warm fuzzy feeling? Do they emit some kind of energy that shoots you up to laser lotus levels? I just don't get it. These are presumably intelligent people. Don't they realise that the diamond market is a scam and that the worth of diamonds is inflated by cartels carefully controlling the supply? I really don't get it. Of course he has the right to spend his money on what ever he wants, but I also have the right to think he's kind of a douche for spending that much money on rocks.
 
2011-07-01 07:44:36 PM
Doesn't seem to be anyone around.
 
2011-07-01 07:46:12 PM
Let's go to the mall guys!
 
2011-07-01 07:47:47 PM
Well not all of his staff quit... there are always two of them just a-hangin' around
 
2011-07-01 07:49:17 PM

Mr Rusty Shackleford: Newt Gingrich? Didn't that guy die in the 90s?


You're thinking of Rebecca "Newt" Jorden. She disappeared somewhere over Macho Grande in the 30's
 
2011-07-01 07:49:39 PM
Well there doesn't seem to be anyone around, so I guess it all makes sense.
 
2011-07-01 07:50:36 PM

MrEricSir: depmode98: When Barack Obama enjoys a type of lettuce, or when John Kerry likes to go wind surfing, or John Edwards has 500 dollar haircut, you have to point those out for being "elitist" but looking into millions of dollars worth of Tiffany's credit is "class warfare" when it's a Republican.

Right, because there is no difference between $500 and $3,000,000.


So are you agreeing or disagreeing? I can't tell.
 
2011-07-01 07:50:49 PM
I wouldn't vote for him, but wouldn't mind working for him.
 
2011-07-01 07:51:10 PM

redsquid: What do you do with diamonds? Is the jealousy of the other society women so tasty that it's worth $300,000? do the suffering and warfare that they finance give you a warm fuzzy feeling? Do they emit some kind of energy that shoots you up to laser lotus levels? I just don't get it. These are presumably intelligent people. Don't they realise that the diamond market is a scam and that the worth of diamonds is inflated by cartels carefully controlling the supply? I really don't get it. Of course he has the right to spend his money on what ever he wants, but I also have the right to think he's kind of a douche for spending that much money on rocks.


They make particularly tingly anal beads.
 
2011-07-01 07:52:00 PM

redsquid: What do you do with diamonds? Is the jealousy of the other society women so tasty that it's worth $300,000? do the suffering and warfare that they finance give you a warm fuzzy feeling? Do they emit some kind of energy that shoots you up to laser lotus levels? I just don't get it. These are presumably intelligent people. Don't they realise that the diamond market is a scam and that the worth of diamonds is inflated by cartels carefully controlling the supply? I really don't get it. Of course he has the right to spend his money on what ever he wants, but I also have the right to think he's kind of a douche for spending that much money on rocks.


You make a good point - diamonds ARE overpriced, especially when you compare them to fine colored stones. But really fine diamonds ARE pretty and durable, and the best diamond jewelry is highly decorative and has artistic and design merit in and of itself.
Jewelry is an art form, and beautiful artifacts have value.
But the diamond trade is an outrage, and the stone has limited aesthetic applications, and I lost interest in working with them long ago - and to be frank, I would never again assume the risk of working with "important" stones - they cost too much more than they're really worth.
 
2011-07-01 07:57:22 PM
Wow. He really likes cruises.
 
2011-07-01 07:58:50 PM
Long time liberal democrat who thinks Gingrich is lower than snake shiat,,, but seriously, who gives a rat's ass?
 
2011-07-01 08:00:58 PM

LewDux: Mr Rusty Shackleford: Newt Gingrich? Didn't that guy die in the 90s?

You're thinking of Rebecca "Newt" Jorden. She disappeared somewhere over Macho Grande in the 30's


Over Macho Grande?
 
2011-07-01 08:03:18 PM

redsquid: What do you do with diamonds? Is the jealousy of the other society women so tasty that it's worth $300,000? do the suffering and warfare that they finance give you a warm fuzzy feeling? Do they emit some kind of energy that shoots you up to laser lotus levels? I just don't get it. These are presumably intelligent people. Don't they realise that the diamond market is a scam and that the worth of diamonds is inflated by cartels carefully controlling the supply? I really don't get it. Of course he has the right to spend his money on what ever he wants, but I also have the right to think he's kind of a douche for spending that much money on rocks.


They're pretty.
 
2011-07-01 08:04:24 PM
Probably showing my age too much here, but I gotta admit, whenever I hear references to this song, I first and foremost think of Tommy James and the Shondells, not Tiffany.

However, her Playboy spread was most likely MUCH more enjoyable that TJ&S could ever have pulled off...

/Lawn, get off it, etc...
 
2011-07-01 08:04:46 PM
Can't stand the Newt. He's lower than a tadpole.

But if you knew how rich liberals spent their money it would turn your stomach too.
 
2011-07-01 08:06:17 PM

Nadie_AZ: LewDux: Mr Rusty Shackleford: Newt Gingrich? Didn't that guy die in the 90s?

You're thinking of Rebecca "Newt" Jorden. She disappeared somewhere over Macho Grande in the 30's

Over Macho Grande?


Yes
 
2011-07-01 08:06:50 PM

Cpl.D: Of course he buys his wife all the jewelry she wants. He HAS to. It's the only thing stopping her from Joker-facing the entire country.

[i301.photobucket.com image 326x1024]

/aaaaaand, now you got it too


And this is why I'm afraid of clowns.
 
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