Newt Gingrich pulls out of award to porn video company

Posted on September 14, 2009

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Earlier this week, Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions for Winning the Future (ASWF) group informed Allison Vivas of Pink Visual that she had been chosen for a 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year award by his Business Defense and Advisory Council. Unfortunately, Pink Visual is an adult DVD superstore.

Here’s what the letter said:  Newt would like to arrange a private dinner with you at the historic Capitol Hill Club on the evening of October 7, 2009 in Washington. You’ll dine privately with Newt at this exclusive venue and he’ll take the occasion to present you with your well deserved award and have your photo taken together. This tremendous honor is a testament to your success in building your business and recognition of the risks you take to create jobs and stimulate the economy. As an award winner, you’ll be on the ground floor as Newt and his Council begin the work to turn this country around. … Newt is looking forward to hearing your ideas on getting the economy moving again and getting your feedback on his plans over dinner.

An ASWF representative reportedly called Pink Visual on Friday morning and said that the AWSF had “inadvertently” sent the fax to Vivas and was retracting the honor.

You can imagine how Pink Visual felt. Somewhat deflated, you might assume. One might say that the AWSF withdrew (the honor) prematurely. Yes, all that is pun intended, if you couldn’t catch it.

Naturally, one would figure that the AWSF figure out their mistake. You’ll recall, I’m sure, that on May 17, 1995, Newt Gingrich announced the Christian Coalition’s 10-point “Contract with the American Family.” One of the items in the contract: restricting pornography.

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