Gingrich’s Glitter Bandit: Newt ‘Needed a Makeover’ – and More Glitter to Come

By Cullen Dirner

May 18, 2011 2:36pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein (@rickklein) reports: Newt Gingrich will be picking glitter out of his hair for weeks, thanks to Nick Espinosa – a Minnesota-based activist who capped Gingrich’s run of bad news stories by dumping two bags’ worth of the shiny stuff on and near the presidential candidate last night.

Espinosa joined us on ABC’s “Top Line” today to talk about his motivations, and what else he might have in store for Gingrich and other politicians this campaign season.

The point, he told us, was for Newt to “feel the rainbow” – that is, respect gay rights.

“I don’t want anyone– much less a serial adulterer – telling, you know, telling people who they can and cannot love. You know, this is a man with two divorces and three marriages.”

Why glitter?

“Well, I think that glitter is a lot of fun, and I think that it got the point across — it helped to bring attention to the issue,” Espinosa said. “The way this week has gone for him, I think his campaign needed a makeover, and it was interesting the way his security reacted as well.”

Espinosa said he was ushered out of the book signing organized by the Minnesota Family Council, though he wasn’t charged with any crimes.

As for what’s next, he said: “We’ll see what happens. I did use only two out of the three bags of glitter that I bought, but I think I might have to save that one for Newt Gingrich’s next wedding.”

Watch the “Top Line” interview with Nick Espinosa HERE:

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