Posted: July 27, 2007 4:44 PM
Remaining Coy About Bid, Thompson Reshuffles Staff
Fred Thompson made a personnel tweak to the team that will run his as-of-yet unannounced presidential campaign: He transferred Tom Collamore, the acting manager, to a different advisory capacity and appointed two new leaders, Spencer Abraham who formerly served as President George Bush’s energy secretary and Randy Enright who served as the Florida Republican Party’s executive director.
“We’re making a number of planned changes as we move to the next phase,” Linda Rozett, Thompson’s communications director, told the Poltico. “We’re adding political muscle to the organization.”
Reuters reported that FredHeads, Fred Thompson supporters, are growing increasingly impatient with Thompson’s indecisiveness about running in 2008. A recent posting on the group’s site read: “Enough with the ambiguities. Enough with those around you being more decisive (than) you are. Let’s hear it Fred. Take your hat off and throw it into the ring. We are behind you all the way.”
By not officially announcing his candidacy, Thompson is not required by law to disclose records documenting the amount of money he raises for his to-be campaign.
However, the Associated Press reported that this week, Thompson held a $1,000-per-couple fundraiser in Montgomery, Ala., on Monday and on Wednesday plans to visit Texas.
The Associated Press also reported what to some may be a little known fact: A review of tapes and transcripts show that when Fred Thompson served as the counsel for the 1973 Senate Watergate committee, he alerted the Nixon White House that investigators discovered hidden listening devices and taping equipment the former President installed in the Oval Office. “The 1970s era material also showed that President Nixon and his top aides viewed Thompson as a willing, if not too bright, ally,” the Associated Press said. Thompson has been celebrated for asking the question that revealed Nixon had installed the hidden devices.