UPDATE: Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill has denied that Pelosi has any inside info on Gingrich. He told the Associated Press on Wednesday afternoon that “The ‘something’ leader Pelosi knows is that Newt Gingrich will not be president of the United States. She made that clear last night.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested that she knows a damaging secret about Newt Gingrich during a cryptic exchange with CNN’s John King on Tuesday night.
King: “Because of your history with Speaker Gingrich, what goes through your mind when you think of the possibility, which is more real today than it was a week or a month ago, that he would be the Republican nominee and that you could come back here next January or next February with a President Gingrich?”
Pelosi: “Let me just say this. That will never happen.”
Pelosi: “He’s not going to be President of the United States. That’s not going to happen. Let me just make my prediction and stand by it, it isn’t going to happen.”
King: “Why are you so sure?”
Pelosi: “There is something I know. The Republicans, if they choose to nominate him that’s their prerogative. I don’t even think that’s going to happen.”
Video of Pelosi’s comments is below, courtesy of CNN:
It’s unclear what dirt Pelosi has on the man with whom she once shared a couch, but her remarks have piqued both Gingrich and his rival Mitt Romney’s curiosity.
“I wish I knew what that was,” Romney told Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson with a laugh this morning. “I’d tell people what it is right now.” Romney went on to speculate that Pelosi was referring to the ethics violations for which Gingrich was disciplined in 1997.
“But that’s one of the reasons why I’m saying that all of the records that were part of the ethics investigation, all of the transcripts, all of the records have to be made public.
Not just the final white-washed report but the full record, the reason that 88% of the Republicans in the House voted to reprimand their own Speaker….. we need to understand why that is, and those records need to be released, because you know that if Nancy Pelosi knows those things right now, she will hand them to Barack Obama’s campaign if Speaker Gingrich were our nominee.”
Gingrich also urged Pelosi to come clean with any inside information that she may have on him during an appearance on NBC News:
“She lives in a San Francisco environment of very strange fantasies and very strange understandings of reality,” Gingrich said. “I have no idea what’s in Nancy Pelosi’s head. If she knows something, I have a very simple challenge: spit it out.”
Video of Gingrich’s interview is below (the portion discussing Pelosi begins at 5:08:)