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First Lady Aspirant Jeri Thompson Delivers

Looks like Jeri Thompson has decided that the way to the hearts of the aides working on husband Fred Thompson's "testing the waters" campaign is through their stomachs.

In the wake of recent staff shakeups and internal grumblings about her heavy-handed role, Mrs. Thompson has taken to feeding the troops working on her husband's presidential exploratory committee.

One day last week, she personally delivered pizzas to the committee headquarters, based in Fairfax County near Tysons Corner. The Thompsons' 4-year-old daughter Hayden accompanied her on the delivery, which, according to one aide, was more than welcome since the non-campaign campaign headquarters, situated in an out-of-the-way office park, is far from many lunch spots.

"We hope she brings more," joked the aide (who herself never got a slice of pie), adding "all the 23-year-old guys" especially want more pizza.

The aide, who requested anonymity in speaking about Mrs. Thompson's pizza delivery, wouldn't entertain questions about Jeri Thompson's role in the exploratory effort or her relationship with the staff.

The Sleuth reported on June 29 that some Thompson supporters were grumbling about Jeri Thompson's involvement in the Draft Fred effort. Other reports followed ours, including a New York Times story on July 8 asking, "Is America ready for a president with a trophy wife?" Thompson spokesman Mark Corallo said, "One picture on the Internet and all of a sudden she's reduced to being a bimbo?"

This week, conservative columnist Bob Novak rushed to Jeri Thompson's defense. He wrote that Jeri does not fit the mold of a trophy wife, since former Sen. Thompson was single for 17 years after getting divorced from his first wife before marrying Jeri Kehn, a successful GOP political operative in her own right.

And without Jeri, Novak asserts, Fred would be just another soon-to-be has-been actor on "Law & Order." "Fred Thompson's close associates maintain there was no chance he would be a candidate for president were he not married to Jeri," Novak writes.

Meanwhile, what with all the staff upheaval and an apparent struggle to raise money, it's little wonder why former Sen. Thompson sought the comfort of his Tennessee mentor Howard Baker over lunch Thursday at the Metropolitan Club. The two former Tennessee senators were spotted having lunch with former Sen. Bob Dole, a member of the club.


By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 3, 2007; 3:00 PM ET
 
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One thing notable is those that left the campaign have not then said the normal sour grapes. They have been politely silent. Perhaps by agreement or perhaps because they recognize this campaign is a song being sung by Jeri and because of Jeri. As I said previously, she is the wind beneath his wings. He loves her dearly as one can see and it is a perfect match. He will be a great President and she a perfect and deserving First Lady.
Don Jones
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Posted by: Don Jones | August 3, 2007 6:47 PM | Report abuse

What a group of characters -- this unaccomplished, womanizer and his office, bimbo -- need to stay on vacation.

Posted by: mikeVA | August 3, 2007 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding??? What has she done, other than marry up, to get this kind of attention? What will delivering pizzas to a campaign staff do to help her image. Also, didn't Bob Novak have dinner w/ the Thompsons recently? This is a joke.

Posted by: Robert | August 3, 2007 7:37 PM | Report abuse

So, this is considered worth reporting? Are you crazy? What's the headline? Thompsons wife delivers pizza? Good grief, how idiotic can you people get?

Posted by: jdawg | August 3, 2007 7:42 PM | Report abuse

I've already put my money behind Rudy. Fred took too long to get in. I couldn't wait anymore.

Posted by: lwssdd | August 3, 2007 7:46 PM | Report abuse

So when is WaPo going to run articles on Dennis Kucinich's and Chris Dodd's much younger wives?

Posted by: Rosley | August 3, 2007 7:49 PM | Report abuse

This is called the "Dog Daze of August" and those reporters not on vacation have to say something even if it's about a pizza eating campaign group.

Posted by: thatcher | August 3, 2007 8:48 PM | Report abuse

"Unaccomplished" describes Hillary, Edwards and B. Hussein Obama better than it does Fred Thompson. And "marrying up" is exactly what Hillary did isn't it? Would we have ever heard the woman's name uttered if she hadn't married her own "womanizer", as you referred to Thompson.

But it is nice to see how those on the other side fear a Fred run.

Posted by: Gemstones | August 3, 2007 9:17 PM | Report abuse

"manfred said" was the 90s group who had the gay hit "I'm Too Sexy".

coincidence? i think not.

Posted by: anonymous | August 3, 2007 9:33 PM | Report abuse

"What a group of characters -- this unaccomplished, womanizer and his office, bimbo -- need to stay on vacation."


In response to MikeVA:
Listen, Bill has been doing some rather charitable work as of late. I don't think he's actually on vacation. As far as your reference to Monica goes, we haven't heard much from her lately. She could be on vacation though.

You might want to post your comment on the Hillary Web Site.


Posted by: mikeVA | August 3, 2007 07:18 PM

Posted by: canalcat | August 3, 2007 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad they had a nice lunch. I really worry about Thompson, Baker and Dole - Where will their next meal come from? And will it come with chilled salad forks?

Posted by: lk | August 3, 2007 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Can America really survive another incredibly lazy President?

Posted by: Sonofabastard | August 3, 2007 11:55 PM | Report abuse

To: Anonymous

The group that did "I'm too sexy" was called Right Said Fred.

Posted by: Dorito | August 4, 2007 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Gemstones. I get it now. I've seen or heard about 50 references to Mr. Obama's middle name but I did not get it until you pointed it out--a man with such a middle name is not fit to be president and is probably a threat to our way of life. I'm glad there are people like you who watch out for these things.

Posted by: Verde | August 4, 2007 4:20 AM | Report abuse

He wouldn't be running for president if she wasn't with him and she wouldn't be with him if he didn't have money and a part-time job as an actor...Oh and Gemstones, no one fears a run by Fred Thompson a.k.a. the toothless pit-bull.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 4, 2007 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Hey Verde...

I heard Obama and Saddam were related!!! Can you believe it??? Jeez, does Obama really believe that he can run a country like the USA with a NAME he had NO CONTROL IN GETTING????????????????????????????

You stupid DOLT.

Posted by: V. | August 4, 2007 9:40 AM | Report abuse

I see gemstones is taking his/her cues from Ann Coulter, calling him B. Hussein Obama. That just shows how ignorant you are and you are scared he might win. And Hillary Clinton "marrying up"? Are you retarded? Seriously, quit wasting our time troll.

Posted by: Louie Shamarro | August 4, 2007 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Let's assess. We've got a supportive spouse, pizza delivery and lunch with a mentor. What, no presidential candidate or their spouse or staff clipped their toenails this week or, you know, criticized President Bush for not clipping his? Zzzzzzzzzzzz.

It must have been a slow gossip week.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 4, 2007 11:15 AM | Report abuse

A note on Giuliani's health care plan:

Giuliani's health care plan would bankrupt the American government. His plan eliminates income taxes for approximately 1/3 of all Americans. He does not say where he would obtain the lost revenue. His plan is unrealistic. It simply does not make sense. What government programs would he eliminate? The value of the dollar would be reduced significantly if the American budget deficit were to increase to such a greater degree due to the sale of government bonds to foreign nations. Foreign nations already have a problem purchasing American debt due to the large government deficit. The plan is irresponsible and foolish.

Posted by: Scott Romanov | August 4, 2007 11:27 AM | Report abuse

"Fred Thompson's close associates maintain there was no chance he would be a candidate for president were he not married to Jeri," Novak writes.

so he doesn't want to be president, his wife wants him to be president.

i don't think thompson's campaign can take much more "help" from novak.

Posted by: lonesomerobot | August 4, 2007 11:55 AM | Report abuse

What's with the candidates today - I mean, really, we got Elizabeth Edwards doing all John's protection and TV interviews - so, is it Elizabeth or John that has the ambition and wears the pants in the family.

Fred Thompson? Oh, please another phony cowboy who got a truck and cowboy boots during his senate campaign years ago to appear like a cowboy and now has a Tennessee accent that's so Texan it's laughable.

So, Thompson's wife wanted him to run. Whatever happened to the amition and goals of the person running?

PS: If Thompson's wife wants to be taken seriously, how about not letting her boobs hang out.

Sigh.....

Posted by: Sara | August 4, 2007 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Marrying someone younger than your children is Fredophillia.

Posted by: Jane | August 4, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

You lost me V. I thought we were both engaging in irony until you called me a stupid dolt. And what's with the UPPER CASE and excessive punctuation marks???...!!!

Posted by: Verde | August 4, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Usually when I read a WaPo story, I end up regretting the waste of time. No exception here.

Posted by: pete | August 4, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Are some of you folks aware that this is an on-line column only, a blog. It doesn't run in the print edition of the WashPost. Topics like this are fine and not "taking up space from more serious subjects" as some of you seem to believe.

And actually it is a very good topic, because there is a delicious irony at the consternation now being felt among some in the GOP caused by the wives of Frederick of Hollywood and Rudy G. Both have younger, striving wives who have alienated the professionals working on their respective campaigns. And since the right-wingers spent much of the 90s demonizing Hillary as a woman who "didn't know her place," it's quite fun now seeing them being hoisted on their own petard and trying desperately to defend the Machiavellian schemings of Judi Nathan, Rudy's prize, and Jeri - who is apparently taking time off from the pole (as Joe Scarborough, the former Republican congressman said.)


Posted by: jbk | August 4, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

If Jeri is the one who's pushing Fred to slip into the '08 prez campaign, that explains why Mo Mentum and Mo Bucks are MIA. It's one thing to get elected to federal office by your fellow Tennesseans, it's quite another to make it the nationals as a laid back Dude Ranch saddle pony.

Fred has done a great job on Law and Order, but his acting skills don't swing far enough to let him now morph into a Corvette.

Posted by: Maxbyte | August 4, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Jeri Thompson's ta-tas...... :) :) :)

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 4, 2007 9:47 PM | Report abuse

no, the group is Then Said Fred.

Posted by: helevetin | August 5, 2007 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Novak REALLY needs to move on if he thinks that Jeri Thompson's larger-than-normal, um, mammary glands somehow qualifies her old geezer hubby to be Prez.

OTOH, given the hypocrisy of Repuglikn "christian" men who lust after their neighbor's wife, maybe Novak isn't so far off.

Now, if Jeri had delivered cookies that she had personally baked, she could play the anti-Hillary role ... but to deliver pizza.
Yep, she's playing the role of bimbo.

Posted by: Henry Patrick | August 5, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

She does not look like a first lady, more like an over the hill stripper.

Posted by: RealityCheck | August 5, 2007 5:54 PM | Report abuse

What is Jeri Thompson delivering besides exposing her breasts for all to see?

Where and when did Jeri Kehn get her much-touted law degree since she spent her 20's loafing in Nashville being supported by her boyfriend? And what about the trail of debts -- some of them still unpaid -- that brilliant Jeri left behind her? Inquiring minds want to know.

When she started sleeeping with the old coot Thompson, she sudddenly got jobs at the RNC... Must have been a coincidence!

The little tart managed to get the old coot to marry her and promptly produced children as insurance against poverty.

So, Jeri Kehn is just a golddigger who fooled an old jerk enamored with himself.

He'll never be president because he is an ugly, jowly, empty suit -- a total nobody -- so his tartish wife made the wrong calculation.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 5, 2007 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Yo, SOB, we've survived for nearly 15 years under two incredibly lazy presidents and Democrap and Repulsican congresses led by the extreme wings of their parties. Surely things will get better, but looking at the current crop of presidential candidates, we may be better off with lazy than with an energetic workaholic who has spent his/her life at the public trough rather than working for a living.

Posted by: r man | August 6, 2007 9:17 AM | Report abuse

After reading today's blog, I'm really hesitant about saying anything. From looking at the comments already posted, I don't feel I "know enough" about either of the Thompsons' to make a judgement or a comment. At least, not as much as everyone else "seems to know" about them. There are some really vindictive people out there who are really "sad"! You folks need to get a life! And, for the record, when you look at all the people who are running (for president), I wouldn't have any problem comparing him to any of them. Favorably, I might add. Again, for the record, I haven't heard one thing about his wife that justifies all the remarks I've heard about her.

Posted by: maxnguy | August 6, 2007 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Although it does strike an interesting picture, a very much older president with a very young wife, it is secondary to how their behaviors will be in office. Will they address fundamental questions of Global Poverty and other foreign policies? The United States is lagging nearly last in the race to end Global Poverty athough it has the most resources. Can they change that? These are the important issues.

Posted by: Erica | August 6, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

OK Erica, you make almost the identical post to every Sleuth article. You seem to think that global poverty, which is as complex as is human society, is the be all and end all of issues. I will repeat part of a prior response. You are truly a mindless bleeding heart liberal with no concept of hard facts related to where people live, cultural biases that produce hatred and discord and numerous other issues involved in creating poverty and starvation. Does Kim Jong Il give a tinker's damn for the people in North Korea that starve as long as he is able to sustain his power? Do the tribal leaders and politicians in African nations care about those they've declared to be their enemies? The U.S. remains the most generous nation on earth, via both government and the private sector. So what would you have us do? Tribalism, power hungry dictators and intolerant cultures dominate most impoverished areas that also typically lack resources. Well one way to address the problem is to take out the dictators and change their governments. Oh, but in dealing with this cause of poverty we would cause another form of suffering. Hmmm... Catch 22. Well, we could redistribute the entire domestic product of the U.S and give half of the world's population each a couple of thousand dollars that would quickly go down the toilet, leave us poor too, and cause a world wide depression so that millions more will starve.

Harp on Erica, Harp on.

Posted by: r man | August 6, 2007 2:42 PM | Report abuse

"'Unaccomplished' describes Hillary, Edwards and B. Hussein Obama better than it does Fred Thompson"

Yeah, look at all those bad guys he put away as D.A. (on Law and Order).

I guess you have to be a Republican't to recognize real accomplishment when you see it.

Posted by: theRealCalGal | August 6, 2007 6:29 PM | Report abuse

So when is WaPo going to run articles on Dennis Kucinich's and Chris Dodd's much younger wives?

Posted by: Rosley | August 3, 2007 07:49 PM

In the unlikely event that those two rise dramatically in the polls, that's when.

And, maybe it's because Dodd and Kucinich are in the race, putting themselves and their ideas out there for scrutiny, unlike Fred. I doubt if the focus on Jeri K. will go away entirely if Fred runs, but his current strategy strikes me as pretty stupid since it gives the media free rein and the contenders who are already in plenty of time to get ready for him.

In any case, Giuliani should have little trouble polishing off an obvious lightweight like Fred.

If you're looking for someone to blame for this coverage of Fred, you could start with his own comments about how he used to "chase a lot of women" and how a lot of women "chased him, and usually caught him."

Many of Fred's supporters on the Internet, like Don Jones above on this message board, have been selling him as a stud. That probably would have happened regardless, given the GOP's penchant for pandering to insecure white men and attacking Democratic candidates like Kerry and Edwards for lack of virility.

Since the GOP and others have concluded that Hillary will be the nominee, the pro-Fred faction has something even more phallocentric in mind. 6'5" macho Fred up and his hot young wife against the Great Castrator, Hillary. That's their dream scenario. And a dream scenario for lots of American men who are feeling victimized.

Posted by: rpence | August 6, 2007 10:04 PM | Report abuse

If the workers are 'volunteers', then Jeri
SHOULD provide food (and plenty of it...20 year-old men are still bottomless pits!). She should know this from having lived in the South...this is part of Southern Hospitality. Even if the workers are paid, provisions should be made for meals if the office is out-of-the-way of shopping centers. But, maybe she never aclimated to the South (or its hospitality), or it could be her good Republican training of "everyone should take care of themselves".

Posted by: louisianalass | August 7, 2007 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, well, Jeri did learn something from her stint in the South...when people do things for you (especially if it is unpaid labor), you feed them. However, she forgot the second rule of Southern Hospitality...there MUST be plenty of food (enough so people can take some home). Or, it could be her Republican training taking over...let everyone take care of themself!

Posted by: louisianalass | August 7, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

"The little tart managed to get the old coot to marry her and promptly produced children as insurance against poverty. "

So, Jeri Kehn is just a golddigger who fooled an old jerk enamored with himself.

"He'll never be president because he is an ugly, jowly, empty suit -- a total nobody -- so his tartish wife made the wrong calculation."

Man, anon, you express my feelings to a T-and that IS some jowl on that man, isn't it? A very little bit of those two goes a loooong way! And Jeri's trail of unpaid debts, using her boyfriend's last name to avoid having the debt collectors come after her, for some reason, really irks the hell out of me-why can't her hubby pay off those damn judgments she ran up, probably for boob implants! EEEEeeeew! The two of them are a real piece of work!

P.S. What IS this thing with using the abbreviation "WaPo?" This sounds like some sort of Chinese herbal rememdy to me!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2007 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Who really cares about the various divorces of Republican candidates. The key issue in any presidential campaign is TRUST. How can the american people TRUST rudy if his Own wives couldn't and as far as Lazy Fred T goes , who can TRUST a man who committed a felony by leaking grand Jury testimony to the Nixon Whitehouseduring the Watergate hearings...The U>S> justice Dept. takes a dim view of that as the recent conviction of the lawyer in the Balco case reminds us. I could care less about Fred's wife's sexual past. She was an adult and it never affected me, but Fred's felony affected the entire Watergate hearings.

Posted by: rslip | August 8, 2007 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Who really cares about the various divorces of Republican candidates. The key issue in any presidential campaign is TRUST. How can the american people TRUST rudy if his Own wives couldn't and as far as Lazy Fred T goes , who can TRUST a man who committed a felony by leaking grand Jury testimony to the Nixon Whitehouseduring the Watergate hearings...The U>S> justice Dept. takes a dim view of that as the recent conviction of the lawyer in the Balco case reminds us. I could care less about Fred's wife's sexual past. She was an adult and it never affected me, but Fred's felony affected the entire Watergate hearings.

Posted by: rslip | August 8, 2007 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I used to think that Americans were naive in that they seemed to want to vote (for Pres.) only for a perfect (man) person. Experience over the last 100 years of presidents prove that there aint any! And after viewing all the blogs and other comments by print and electronic critics, it is obvious there aint any perfect electors either. Wake up America! there aint any HEROES. But, there are many ordinary people who do many heroic things when opportunity and neccesity arise. Hopefully we will be lucky enough to get a new pres. who will be fallible just as you and I, but will be able to do some heroic things, just like Teddy, and FDR, and HST, and RR did.

Posted by: Lou Franklin | August 10, 2007 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Ingrid Newkirk just had to get her 'political' licks in. What in the hell does Rove's political background, or her's, have anything to do with animal safety?

Gee whiz, Ingrid, do we have a political agenda here??? I wonder, while she wanders thru the forest, tip toes thru the tulips, and sucks on a saspirella sucker, contemplating the fate of so many nice little animals, while she hopes for and anticipates the mortal injury of another human being she hates.

S H E I S A T O T A L W A C K J O B !!!

Posted by: Ted | August 15, 2007 6:35 PM | Report abuse

An "out-of-the-way office park, is far from many lunch spots"?? They're a mile from two of the largest shopping malls in the area. These guys can't even find the mall?

Posted by: lee | August 17, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else notice Novak's comment about how Fred T. wouldn't be running at all if it wasn't for Jeri? Maybe that's why he isn't really trying very hard. Maybe he just doesn't want to give his wife a direct, "no".

Posted by: Cameron | August 20, 2007 4:59 AM | Report abuse

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