Gay rights protester dumps glitter on Newt Gingrich

Holly Bailey
The Ticket

Could Newt Gingrich's week get any worse?

Just days into his 2012 presidential bid, the former House speaker has been under fire this week from fellow Republicans for trashing Rep. Paul Ryan's proposal on Medicare during his appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday--criticism that forced Gingrich to apologize.

On Monday, an Iowa voter was caught on camera griping him out. And Tuesday, it was revealed that Gingrich at one point owed at least $250,000 to Tiffany's—an embarrassing detail that could potentially come back to haunt the self-described fiscal conservative's 2012 bid.

Last night, Gingrich suffered yet another indignity, when a gay rights protester dumped a box of glitter on him and his wife, Callista, at a conservative fundraiser in Minneapolis.

The Gingriches were signing books ahead of their appearance at fund-raising dinner for the Minneapolis Family Council, a conservative group that has lobbied against gay rights and same sex marriage.

"Feel the rainbow, Newt," the protestor said, as he poured a box of glitter over the former speaker's head. "Stop the hate. Stop anti-gay politics. It's dividing our country, and it's not fixing our economy."

You can watch the video of the clash here, via the Associated Press:

(Photo of Gingrich: Jeff Baenen/AP)