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Gingrich ushered in GOP’s dark days

Representative Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., then the House minority whip, addresses Republican congressional candidates on Capitol Hill in this Sept. 27, 1994, file photo during a rally where they pledged a "Contract with America."
Representative Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., then the House minority whip, addresses Republican congressional candidates on Capitol Hill in this Sept. 27, 1994, file photo during a rally where they pledged a "Contract with America."JOHN DURICKA/Associated Press

Since 1994, I have said to anyone who will listen that the reason I left the Republican Party was Newt Gingrich and his so-called Contract with America. Most people have said, “Who was that?” How can anyone forget? As editorial cartoonist A.J. B. Lane correctly points out in the graphic history lesson “Dragon’s teeth” (Ideas, Jan. 17), the ongoing noxious, deceptive, divisive, corrupt, unfriendly Republican darkness started with Gingrich. No way can I go back to that party.

John Fiske

Beverly