President John Tyler’s Grandson Calls Newt Gingrich A “Big Jerk”
84-year-old Harrison Ruffin Tyler, the grandson of 10th president John Tyler, isn’t happy with the current crop of presidential candidates. He reserved special criticism for Newt Gingrich, whom he dubbed a “big jerk.”
The world was pleasantly surprised to learn last week that two of John Tyler’s grandchildren are still alive today. Tyler was born in 1790, and became president in 1841. He had 15 children throughout his life, the most known of any president. Lyon Gardiner Tyler was born in 1853, and fathered Harrison in 1928. Harrison’s older brother, Lyon Gardiner, Jr., 88, lives in Tennessee.
The presidential grandson is a retired chemical engineer who founded a water treatment company. He now tends to the Tyler family mansion in Richmond, VA.
According to Politico, Harrison is a self-described conservative, but is firmly undecided in the current primary. He admires Mitt Romney’s business experience, and was unhappy with Gingrich’s infidelities:
“He needs to stick with the same wife, that’s what my mother taught me,” Tyler said. “But that doesn’t seem to happen much today.”
The latest polls show Romney pulling into a major lead heading into tomorrow’s important Florida primary; hopefully for Gingrich, there aren’t many similar disapproving presidential descendants in that state.