Tuesday, June 5, 2007

The Fred Thompson Juggernaut and the Effects of Gravity

Fred Thompson's imminent run for the Presidency is attracting some heavyweight support:

Mary Matalin, the former counselor to Vice President Cheney, says she will be advising Thompson. A campaign source says she will be an unpaid adviser. Matalin is friends with Thompson and his wife, Jeri, and her involvement began informally, the source says.

Advisers say the head of economic policy for Thompson's fledgling team will be Lawrence B. Lindsey, who was President Bush's first economic policy adviser and an architect of his tax cuts. Lindsey was chief economic adviser to Bush's first presidential campaign and is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Lindsey will also have a hand in the campaign's broader policy formulation, sources say.

The head of domestic policy is to be David M. McIntosh, a lawyer and former congressman from Indiana who was an official in the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, according to the sources. The chief foreign policy adviser will be chosen soon, the sources say.

Adding to the Bush-Cheney ties, the campaign has said that the chief operating officer will be Thomas J. Collamore, a former aide to the older Bush when he was vice president and also an official in the Reagan administration.

And Michael Turk, e-campaign director for George W. Bush's reelection campaign, will take a leave of absence from his current job with the National Cable & Telecommunications Association to assist in getting the Thompson website off the ground. He may continue in a webmaster capacity for the campaign.

As is evident here, the Thompson campaign is making some serious headway, and will be a force to be reckoned with, not only in the upcoming primaries, but in the '08 election itself.

1 comment:

Rebellious Pastor's Wife said...

Oh please, not Matalin! She was the one advising Dole, and she made him look like he had one foot in the grave. Fred Thompson doesn't need someone who will restrain his expression and his personality, he needs someone who will make the most of it.