Bob Dole
Bob Dole made it clear Thursday that he does not want to see Newt Gingrich get the GOP nomination. Image: Visit Hillborough/Flickr/CC BY

Former Republican candidate Bob Dole took aim at GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich in a letter Thursday, saying the candidate is not trustworthy enough to occupy the White House. His comments immediately follow some cryptic insider criticism from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

An open letter to Romney campaign

Dole, who was a Senator when Gingrich served as House Speaker, sent an open letter to the Mitt Romney campaign, saying that Gingrich will do damage to the Republican Party.

Dole wrote:

“I have not been critical of Newt Gingrich, but it is now time to take a stand before it is too late. If Gingrich is the nominee it will have an adverse impact on Republican candidates running for county, state and federal offices. Hardly anyone who served with Newt in Congress has endorsed him and that fact speaks for itself. He was a one-man-band who rarely took advice. It was his way or the highway”

Dole supports Romney in the current election bid.

Ethics violations

The letter went on to remind conservative voters that Gingrich was the first sitting House Speaker to receive a Congressional
reprimand and sanctions following an ethics investigation.

Dole continued:

“In 1997, a number of House members wanted to throw him out as Speaker. But he hung on until after the 1998 elections when the writing was on the wall. His mounting ethics problems caused him to resign in early 1999.”

‘A landslide victory for Obama’

The former senator went on to say that Gingrich supporters are playing into the hands of Democrats, who,  in an effort to create support for Gingrich, are spending millions on Romney attack ads. Dole believes that Democrats see Gingrich as unelectable. The result, Dole concluded, would be “a landslide victory for Obama and a crushing defeat for Republicans from the courthouse to the White House.”

Joe DeSantis, speaking for the Gingrich campaign, said that Dole’s remarks are an attack because Gingrich is not considered a Washington insider.

Pelosi makes cryptic blast

Dole’s letter comes two days after similar, though more cryptic, remarks from the other side of the political fence. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told John King in an interview for CNN Tuesday:

“He’s not going to be President of the United States. That’s not going to happen. … There is something I know. The Republicans, if they choose to nominate him, that’s their prerogative. I don’t even think that’s going to happen.”

Pelosi has come under fire for her cryptic and unexplained remarks. Even Gingrich has demanded she “speak up or shut up.”

Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill gave her official response:

“The ‘something’ Leader Pelosi knows is that Newt Gingrich will not be President of the United States. She made that clear last night.”

Others, however, believe there is more to Pelosi’s remarks. If so, why she alluded to some election-killing information about the former Speaker without expounding on it remains a mystery.


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