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Shifts Again

The revolving door continues in Fred Thompson's non-candidate presidential committee, with the departure of communications director Linda Rozett.

In an email to the staff, newly-installed committee manager Bill Lacy said he wants a communications director that has more experience in big-time presidential campaigns. Rozett, a former senior executive at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, had never worked a campaign.

"It is my duty to let you know that Linda Rozett is no longer with our committee. I will have to make a lot of tough decisions to make our venture successful, and this was one of them. Linda is a talented, professional and gracious lady who will be missed," Lacy wrote in the e-mail which was reported by washingtonpost.com's Chris Cillizza in The Fix.

Rozett's departure is just the latest staffing crisis for Thompson, who is expected to announce officially early next month. Last week, press aide Burson Snyder left. Several weeks ago, the top manager, Tom Collamore, left abruptly to be replaced by Lacy.

In his email, Lacy wrote that "Linda strongly stated that she wanted the best for Sen. Thompson and wished us success. Let's all wish her the best of luck."

Rozett herself offered a similarly upbeat tone. In an interview Monday, she said that "it's a non-event that Bill Lacy wants to bring in his own team. While I'm sorry not to be part of the committee, I certainly wish Bill Lacy and Senator Thompson all the success."

--Michael D. Shear

By Washington Post editors  |  August 27, 2007; 5:20 PM ET
 
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If you want Thompson's opinion of Rozett's removal click here

Posted by: TedG63 | August 29, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

You Fred Heads are going to be sorely disappointed once he starts debating. He's not the shining star you think he is, and he looks terrible! No way can Fred get elected President. Why would you want someone who worked as a GE lobbyist for 17 years? Why would you want another slimy lawyer President?

Vote for Ron Paul. He has hair, he's not a lawyer, and he can keep a campaign staff together, and he never lobbied for any abortion group.

Posted by: goneresistance | August 28, 2007 10:59 AM | Report abuse

You wish... sfman.... not hardly. Fred is doing fine. Looks like Fred just needs a communications director with more political campaign experience. He'll likely reveal that person shortly. Veterans are signing up left and right, even though he hasn't announced yet. See: http://Vets4Fred.net

Posted by: opditch | August 28, 2007 5:37 AM | Report abuse

thompson may be late in announcing, because the others launched in 2006. i think he is doing it right. most everyone is sick of back biting.

Posted by: harleyjohn45 | August 27, 2007 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Worst. Campaign. Launch. Ever.

Posted by: sfmandrew | August 27, 2007 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Thompson is waiting for the anniversary of 9/11, perhaps, in order to announce his 'official' campaign?

Posted by: errinfamilia | August 27, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

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