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Fred Thompson Inks Another GOP Insider

Fred Thompson has inked former Federal Elections Commission Chairman Michael Toner to serve as the lead lawyer for his increasingly likely campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.

Toner is the second major Thompson hire to become public in recent days. Yesterday The Fix reported that Tom Collamore, a former vice president of public affairs at Altria, will serve as Thompson's campaign manager.

Toner spent five years at the FEC and served as chairman of the body in 2006. He left earlier this year to joining Bryan Cave LLP. Immediately prior to joining the FEC, Toner served as chief counsel at the Republican National Committee. He was also general counsel to George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign.

Like Collamore, Toner has long ties to the Washington Republican establishment, showing that while the former Tennessee senator may opt to run on an outsider message he is not unaware of the need to court the inside-the-Beltway crowd.

The Tennessee Politics Blog reported this afternoon that Thompson will formally announce his candidacy shortly after the second fundraising quarter closes on June 30.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 22, 2007; 4:23 PM ET
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Here is a list of the other guys criticism of Fred Fred Thompson. Lazy...If you know anything about professional acting you will suck that word right back in.

Smokes Cuban Cigars, a traitor. The guy that wrote that drinks French Wine and uses Iranian Oil and eats Russian Caviar.

Drove a Red truck last campaign when he had a better car. Come on gang. Demonstrate your ignorance some more. We love it.

MyManFred.com has Uncle Sam saying what our President should be. It is not a plug for Fred. It is a must read. You will love it. I think McCain could stand up to those standards, but check out the others on either side and see what our Uncle Sam has to say.

Posted by: Don Jones | June 4, 2007 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Fred Thompson is Bush light, and the American people cannot tolerate another national nightmare like Bush. I question his ethics, as he is using Rove's protege, Tim Griffin (caging list felonies) as a major adviser, and other Bush advisers, including no doubt the nefarious Rove and shrill Matalin. Fred supports the Iraq occupation.

His sketchy plan on immigration, which consists of a wall and supporting the present laws that are not working, is pathetic.

I am also very troubled that his daughter, who died of an overdose in the same year Fred was cavorting with new women, and ended with his marriage to his trophy wife,leaves me baffled. I really do not want Fred in, he has too much baggage, and he is no Ronald Reagan.

The only Republican I might vote for is Warner of Virginia. And then I have some qualms about many of his votes in the Senate. Besides, he isn't running.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 2, 2007 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Fred does have a lot of explaining to do about his supporting the Iraq occupation, his extremely unclear and sketchy immigration plan which consists of building a wall and keeping the laws that are not working.It is clearly troubling that his daughter killed herself in the same year he was cavorting with more than one woman, and then married his present wife the same year of his daughter's death. Judgement is important, and I think that Thompson is a good character actor, but not convincing as Republican candidate for President. His association with Karl Rove and Tim Griffin (caging lists and felons) will be the death knell for his candidacy, and I hope he does not run. He will be a Bush light, and unacceptable to the American people, who are seriously sickened by the 7 year national nightmare that the leadership of the Republican has wrought.

God spare us another Republican nightmare of a President.

Warner is the only Republican I would ever even think about voting for, and then I have qualms about his voting record.

Posted by: kierkegaard | June 2, 2007 7:52 AM | Report abuse

I am working on my coming site, MyManFred.com We will offset these drug overdose fictions with the true Fred. He does not claim to be perfect but he can carry his own baggage, which is more than the rest of the pack can do. There is no doubt Fred Thompson is your next President.

Posted by: Don Jones | May 31, 2007 12:50 AM | Report abuse

US President Tim Kalemkarian, US Senate Tim Kalemkarian, US House Tim Kalemkarian: best major candidate.

Posted by: anonymous | May 28, 2007 4:49 AM | Report abuse

From the Wall Street Journal:

"In 2002 he lost his daughter after she failed to come out of a drug-overdose-coma."

Of course, this was after he had divorced his daughter's mom, and started cavorting with country singer, Lorrie Morgan (have to love those old time family values!)

But, as a supporter of the Republican Party, you are free to continue to make up your own reality as you go along.

This WILL be an issue in a campaign, as America will never elect a man whose offspring died of a drug overdose.

American people are fairly simpleminded. They don't believe you can keep up with the shenanigans of a North Korea when you aren't even involved in the life of your own daughter.

It was supposedly guilt over this fact that made him decide not to run for re-election to the Senate.

That's a fact. You don't have to like it.

Posted by: filmex | May 23, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

So what? We had an actor once; I didn't think he was so great.

Posted by: rangerbob | May 23, 2007 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Having an FEC lawyer on hand will keep him honest. But will it lead him to clarify his stand on campaign finance reform? Thompson has an opportunity to make the issue a significant part of the debate.

Posted by: Just6Dollars | May 23, 2007 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Still waiting for those reports about the fact of the billions in treason money from China to your party, the unDemocratic Party. But then truth doesn't make it to the pages of this company paper, does it?

Posted by: Zarathustra | May 23, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

When Fred Thompson finally gets in, he may be surprised, because of the souped-up primaries, to be spending more time on TV in commercials than out on the hustings.
http://ajliebling.blogspot.com/2007/05/fred-thompson-tiptoeing-in.html

Posted by: Robert Stein | May 23, 2007 11:29 AM | Report abuse

that was completely uncalled for to say that Mr. Thompson's daughter died of an overdose of drugs. She died of a heart attack. No legitimate news media has EVER reported that she died of a drug OD. Posting something as defamatory as that calls for an immediate apology. Like him or not, Mr. Thompson has always put family first and whether you agree with him politically is irrelevant when you make a comment such as that

Posted by: allen | May 23, 2007 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Can you smell the desperation?

Conservatives are so demoralized, so disheartened by the cast of characters masquerading as their party's nominees that Fred Thompson is being seen as the go to guy.

Fred Thompson, whom in 1994, the National Review described as "pro-choice". Thompson, who as a former prosecutor, Watergate counsel, and trial lawyer opposed tort reform legislation in the 1990s.

Thompson, one of the staunchest supporters of McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation, who has long supported a guest-worker program for immigrants; who would leave the issue of gay marriage up to individual states.

This is the great conservative to ride to the rescue of the right-wing? *LOL*

He's more a Schwarzenegger Republican than a Bush Republican, not that many will admit to being that these days...(two gift shops in Crawford recently closed...gee, I wonder why?)

But, when you have Mitt whose great-grandpappy had five wives, and Rudy and McCain who have had five wives between them, and the other flirt, Newt, a cad who left his wife who was dying of cancer to affaire with a staffer half his age, maybe Thompson DOES look good.

Posted by: BushCrimeFamily | May 23, 2007 3:27 AM | Report abuse

"you libs worst nightmare is fred."

No, Fred is our most anticipated sitcom.

Only is a guy who put everyone to sleep in his last speech in Orange County, who looks like a basset hound after a three day bender, considered "charismatic" in the GOP.

Just what the GOP needs, a lawyer who spent a stint in the Senate, all though there is no evidence he was ever actually there. His Senate career makes Bush's air guard service look productive and distinguished.

A man propositioned to be father of the country who was so involved in his own family his daughter OD'd on drugs. I can hardly wait until the question at the debate that asks Rudy and Freddy to talk about their kids, and why they aren't speaking to them anymore.

He fervently supports the war in Iraq. Enough said. Oh yes please. PLEASE give us Fred Thompson to run against. Slow learners these Republicans.

Posted by: filmex | May 23, 2007 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Well..some of these comments sound like they come from the depths of ..FEAR!
Fred trumps any Dem in a debate..ask Moore.
Speak a bit kinder about your next President, please.

Posted by: on the virge | May 23, 2007 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Fred Thompson will beat Hillary or anyone else that the Democrats throw against him.
Why? He has a powerful leadership quality in his personality and his speeches. Amercans will eat him up. They are longing for a leader with brains and charisma after Bush. He will represent a "Safe America."

Posted by: Mike T. | May 22, 2007 11:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm sooooo looking forward to Fred Thompson entering the race- one more trying to be the conservative anti-Guiliani to hack away at McCain, who turns out to be a less than stellar candidate who disappoints everyone who pushed him to run in the first place by not being the fantasy candidate they imagined him to be. Nothing but good things coming out of this one for the Dems as I see it...

Posted by: Michael | May 22, 2007 9:02 PM | Report abuse

you libs worst nightmare is fred. i love it.

Posted by: gary | May 22, 2007 8:08 PM | Report abuse

good night, which posting was KOZ's again?

Posted by: JD | May 22, 2007 7:46 PM | Report abuse

To the "King of Zouk" -

Do you relate to your co-workers, friends, and family members in a similarly hateful way? I hate to think what would happen at the Zouk family dinner table if King Jr. announced that he was joining the Peace Corps.

What I mean to ask is, do you not understand, sir, that many here are sincerely interested in the opinions of others which may differ from their own?

That many here are able to discuss positions with which they disagree in a civil manner, and that this practice is, in fact, the foundation of our democracy (such as it is)?

Have you ever learned anything from people with whom you disagree?

Or do you refuse to consider the validity of any point of view which is not your own?

When posting links to partisan conservative journals as "proof" of what you say, do you ever stop to consider that these publications may not be accepted as gospel by others of us? and that you may have to make the point yourself?

You must realize that in using such confrontational tactics, you are not winning any converts to your side. Others of your persuasion, such as Razorback and proudtobeGOP, are willing to engage in discussion of their ideas, and while I do not always agree with what they say, their explanations (when considered and respectful) have sometimes helped me to see the other sides of various issues in a way which I had not previously understood.

Some have dismissed your posts as comic rants, while others have sometimes taken offense. Even those of us who have tried to understand where you are coming from have been put off by your belligerence and unwillingness to engage in dialogue.

I do believe that there is value in hearing opinions I do not share - it helps me to arrive at a more complete understanding of an issue. In order for that to happen, however, there must be a mutually respectful give and take between the parties involved. If you are willing to adopt a more respectful tone, and to consider ideas, priorities, and concerns not apparent to you, I urge you to do so.
If you are unwilling, however, nothing remains but to ask you,

"Have you at long last no sense of decency?"

Posted by: good night & good luck | May 22, 2007 7:13 PM | Report abuse

To the "King of Zouk" -

Do you relate to your co-workers, friends, and family members in a similarly hateful way? I hate to think what would happen at the Zouk family dinner table if King Jr. announced that he was joining the Peace Corps.

What I mean to ask is, do you not understand, sir, that many here are sincerely interested in the opinions of others which may differ from their own?

That many here are able to discuss positions with which they disagree in a civil manner, and that this practice is, in fact, the foundation of our democracy (such as it is)?

Have you ever learned anything from people with whom you disagree?

Or do you refuse to consider the validity of any point of view which is not your own?

When posting links to partisan conservative journals as "proof" of what you say, do you ever stop to consider that these publications may not be accepted as gospel by others of us? and that you may have to make the point yourself?

You must realize that in using such confrontational tactics, you are not winning any converts to your side. Others of your persuasion, such as Razorback and proudtobeGOP, are willing to engage in discussion of their ideas, and while I do not always agree with what they say, their explanations (when considered and respectful) have sometimes helped me to see the other sides of various issues in a way which I had not previously understood.

Some have dismissed your posts as comic rants, while others have sometimes taken offense. Even those of us who have tried to understand where you are coming from have been put off by your belligerence and unwillingness to engage in dialogue.

I do believe that there is value in hearing opinions I do not share - it helps me to arrive at a more complete understanding of an issue. In order for that to happen, however, there must be a mutually respectful give and take between the parties involved. If you are willing to adopt a more respectful tone, and to consider ideas, priorities, and concerns not apparent to you, I urge you to do so.
If you are unwilling, however, nothing remains but to ask you,

"Have you at long last no sense of decency?"

Posted by: good night & good luck | May 22, 2007 7:11 PM | Report abuse

ROFL!

Generally, I only see whining like this when something like a Constitutional Amendment happens to be inconvenient to the lunatic left. This can only mean some basic instinct, for there is no commonsense to draw upon, has triggered their salivation glands. Lets see if we can promote a few more of their glands to participate;

Regurgitating The Apple: How Modern Liberals Think

http://www.heritage.org/Press/Events/ev030507a.cfm

Posted by: Winghunter | May 22, 2007 6:39 PM | Report abuse

ROFL!

Generally, I only see whining like this when something like a Constitutional Amendment happens to be inconvenient to the lunatic left. This can only mean some basic instinct, for there is no commonsense to draw upon, has triggered their salivation glands. Lets see if we can promote a few more of their glands to participate;

Regurgitating The Apple: How Modern Liberals Think

http://www.heritage.org/Press/Events/ev030507a.cfm

Posted by: Winghunter | May 22, 2007 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Thompson reportedly has the attention span of a 6-year old with ADD off his Ritalin.

What's his hurry? Why not announce the day before the election, so he can cut out all that "stuff" that is required to run for office.

We know the day after he tosses his hat into the ring, he's going to be totally bored with the whole process. Announcing the day before the election sounds much more in keeping with his work ethic.

Posted by: filmex | May 22, 2007 5:52 PM | Report abuse

DINK-DINK!

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | May 22, 2007 5:35 PM | Report abuse

In the United States of America, the Republican Party will soon be represented two separate, yet equally important groups: roughly 10(?) wealthy white men, including an ex-mayor, three ex-governors, several ex- and current Congressmen and Senators, (one of whom now earns his living as an actor); and the right-wing establishment which dictates talking points and provides laundered corporate funds to each of them. These are their stories.

Posted by: Jack McCoy | May 22, 2007 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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