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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.

By Washington Post editors  |  October 24, 2007; 6:51 PM ET
Categories:  B_Blog , Fred Thompson  
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Senator Thompson is as lazy as the rumor has him. It amazes me what people find presidential. Here is a guy that absolutely have no memorable accomplishment in the public service realm but people were salivating for the day of his entry in to the presidential race.

This guy hasn't said nothing substantive or specific on any of the pressing issues and it doesn't appear that he has done any of his homework. That is he hasn't rehearsed what has been researched and written for him.

All it took for him to springboard into the spotlight was to be a supporting actor and say the litmus test answers...you know...I'm against same-sex marriages, abortion, tax increases, Hillary Clinton etc and I'm for small government, blowing up Iran, continue to screw-up Iraqi, free-trade.

If you were to ask Fred what the implications are if his position became law and you will get a deer-in-the- head-light look because this guy doesn't know what the hell he is talking about or thinking for that matter.

Posted by: SteelWheel1 | October 25, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

At the debate, Mr. Excitement, the Candidate from Elmer Fudd, looked like Eisenhower whenever he sliced one into the drink or saw Nixon. Two, er, BITS that what got in Warfield's (& common sense's) way were two, er, something that RHYMES with "bits."

Posted by: sawargos | October 25, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

As much as I would not vote for the other Republican contenders for dog-catchers--this guy Thompson is less qualified than any of the others for the highest office in the land--forget about lower level ones.
Actually, he even stinks in his appearances in "Law and Order." The biggest joke was/is when the news media characterizes him as star of the Law and Order series. I would have stopped being a fan of the show, if thompson had a leading role. No talent all around.

Posted by: bn1123 | October 24, 2007 7:27 PM | Report abuse

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