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Thompson Raises Money for McDonnell

Anita Kumar

Former U.S. Senator and Law & Order alum Fred Thompson headlined a fundraiser for Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell last night in Virginia Beach.

The fundraiser for the likely Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2009 and former co-chairman of Thompson's presidential campaign in Virginia raised more than $300,000. About 325 supporters attended.

"As a father, veteran, prosecutor and attorney general, Bob McDonnell has the experience, the values and the vision that Virginia needs,'' Thompson said. "I've been around politics a long time, and I believe that Bob McDonnell is the kind of leader we need. As a Virginia resident, I look forward to supporting Bob for Governor by voting for him next November."

Thompson, who first gained national attention as minority counsel for the Senate Watergate Committee, served in the U.S. Senate and earlier this year ran for president. He owns a house in McLean.

He is well-known outside the political world. He played New York District Attorney Arthur Branch on the Emmy Award-winning NBC drama Law & Order and has appeared in more than 20 films, including Days of Thunder and The Hunt for Red October.

"I supported Fred Thompson because he is a consistent conservative who understands the challenges our nation faces, and is committed to meeting them with innovation and ingenuity,'' McDonnell said. "We will have that same commitment to creativity and results in our campaign next year. I am honored to have Fred's support in this campaign for governor. As a "law and order" Attorney General, I am certainly pleased to have the support of the "Law and Order" Senator."

By Anita Kumar  |  June 27, 2008; 10:51 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Election 2008/President , Election 2009  
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