Should This Matter?

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

On Newt Gingrich's lavish habits:


Former House speaker Newt Gingrich had a second line of credit at the high-end jewelry store Tiffany and Co. for as much as $1 million dollars, his presidential campaign acknowledged Tuesday. 

Joe DeSantis, a spokesman for Gingrich, said that the candidate's personal financial disclosure filing, which is due within 30 days of his formal entrance into the presidential race, will "show that the Gingriches had a $500,000 to $1 million line of credit at Tiffany's, that it has a zero balance, and it has been closed."

DeSantis added that all debts to Tiffany had been paid in full. He offered no details about when the second line of credit was taken out, what it was used for or when it was closed.

On a gut level, this would matter to me. But should it? Consenting adults, no?

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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/06/should-this-matter/240833/