Still Doing a Thompson Shuffle
There have been more defections from the Fred Thompson campaign.
Nelson Warfield, a media consultant who produced videos of Thompson's announcement speech and a biographical piece on his web site, said in an interview that he left the campaign last week over differences on the direction of the media effort.
And the Associated Press reported today on the departure of a key Thompson supporter, New Hampshire Republican Dan Hughes, who helped Ronald Reagan's campaign in 1980 and later Reagan's White House transition team. Hughes moved over to the McCain campaign.
Warfield joined the campaign in June. He said "We always planned on building up a media team and time kept passing. When it came apparent there wasn't going to be room for my approach. I submitted by resignation."
Though he departed quietly last week, he said he decided to speak publicly about his decision after Thompson addressed it in an interview with the AP
"This is a campaign with a lot of different moving parts and a lot of things going on simultaneously," Thompson told the wire service. "I can't really address who's doing -- and who was doing -- exactly what at every level of this campaign."
Asked about Thompson's comments on these latest departures, Warfield said, "He's kind of practiced at it by now."
Warfield would not say more about the mood of the campaign, or assess how things were going for the former Tennessee senator.
"It would be uncharitable for me to comment on it," Warfield said. "It would look like bitter grapes."
As for whether Warfield will move to another candidate, he did not rule it out.
"I'll go back to the media consultant bullpen and see if I get called to go back in the game," he said.
Washington Post editors
October 24, 2007; 6:51 PM ET
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