PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Newt Gingrich likes to say that he's not an establishment candidate, despite his two-decades in the House of Representatives. He may have a point, though, when it comes to endorsements from inside the Beltway, of which he has very few.
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address last week -- and three days after Gingrich won the South Carolina primary by a large margin -- that Gingrich would pick up more endorsements from members of Congress soon. He said he would meet with members on Jan. 25 to talk about whether they want to endorse Gingrich.
So far, no endorsements have been announced publicly. Establishment figures have criticized Gingrich for his egotistic and erratic behavior.
Bob Dole, a former Republican candidate for president, wrote in an email forwarded to the National Review that Republicans won't win unless they nominate Mitt Romney, saying Gingrich was a bad leader who refused to take advice.
"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," Dole wrote. "It was his way or the highway."
Gingrich said the Republican establishment is working against his campaign, according to the Associated Press.
"The Republican establishment is just as much as an establishment as the Democratic establishment, and they are just as determined to stop us," he said on Jan. 27, the AP reported.
Gingrich is not entirely without endorsements, however. View the slideshow below to see some of the people who have endorsed the former House speaker for the presidential nomination.
Meghan Neal and Paige Lavender contributed reporting.
Bob Livingston (R-La.), the former congressman chosen to succeed Newt Gingrich when Gingrich stepped down as House speaker, but resigned after confessing to an affair, is now backing Gingrich in his bid for the White House. Livingston has co-hosted fundraisers for Gingrich, but the enthusiasm hasn't always been overwhelming. "Newt is volatile, to say the least," Livingston said at a recent event to which Gingrich never showed up.
Ex-Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham, who was jailed on federal charges of bribery, fraud and tax evasion, has endorsed Newt Gingrich from prison. From the Voice of San Diego: Cunningham tells Gingrich in an electronic message he says he sent to the candidate last month that his fellow prisoners, and their families, support Gingrich: "Newt, a voice out of the past. Down but not out and still fighting. First I do not want anything from you but have been watching the debates. I have 80% of inmates that would vote for you. They might not be able to but their extended families will."
Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona endorsed Gingrich for president in January. "America cannot afford another four years of Barack Obama, which is why conservatives must unite now around the one candidate who can offer the clearest contrasts with Barack Obama. That person is Newt Gingrich," said Franks. Franks recently said he will be speaking to other members of Congress and expects more endorsements to come soon.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry endorsed former rival Newt Gingrich when he dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination in January. "I have come to the conclusion that there is no viable path to victory for my candidacy in 2012," Perry said in South Carolina, two days before the primary there. "I believe Newt is a conservative visionary who can transform our country."
Last month, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal led a group of 60 Georgia Republican officials in endorsing Gingrich. The group held an event at the state capitol in Atlanta, but Gingrich was not in attendance. "He's a man of ideas but he's also a man willing to listen to your ideas ... and that's important," said Deal. Gingrich represented Georgia's 6th district from 1979 until his resignation from the House in 1999.
David Rivera (R-Fla.) threw his support behind Newt Gingrich earlier this month. Though Rivera is a controversial politician in Florida, his potential to sway the Latino vote for the former House speaker is relevant. Rivera said recently, "Newt Gingrich has shown great respect for the Hispanic community in the way he has developed his immigration reform policy."
Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) endorsed Newt Gingrich early on in the campaign, in May of last year. "Newt, I think, knows policy better than any of the other candidates," Kingston told Politico. "At a time we need entitlement reform more than anything, he's a guy who's already done it."
Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) endorsed Newt Gingrich the day after Gingrich announced he would enter the race for the GOP presidential nomination. "I think that Speaker Gingrich is an individual with a wealth of ideas and always new ideas about how to get us back to those fundamental principles," said Price. "'ll be supporting him at this point. " Price also admitted he supported Mitt Romney in the 2008 presidential election.
Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) joined a group of 60 Georgia Republican officials to endorse Newt Gingrich in December.
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) joined a group of 60 Georgia Republican officials to endorse Newt Gingrich in December.
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) endorsed Newt Gingrich in May 2011. He was the first member of Congress to publicly endorse the former House speaker, calling him an "ideas man."
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) endorsed Newt Gingrich early on, notably opting to endorse the former speaker over Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
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