Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole ripped into Newt Gingrich in a statement on Thursday, adding to the list of establishment Republicans who have sharpened their attacks on the GOP hopeful.
“If Gingrich is the nominee it will have an adverse impact on Republican candidates running for county, state, and federal offices,” he wrote, according to a statement from Bob Dole posted on the National Review’s website.
“Hardly anyone who served with Newt in Congress has endorsed him and that fact speaks for itself,” Dole said, citing the candidate’s mounting ethics problems in office and a “my-way-or-the-highway” attitude. Dole said he would support Mitt Romney for president.
The statement is the first time Dole, the 1996 Republican presidential candidate, has spoken out against Gingrich.