Hypocrisy, thy name is Fred Thompson

The non-candidate that Republicans claim is their great conservative hope lobbied in 1991 for abortion rights — an action that contradicts his claim to Ronald Reagan’s right-wing legacy.

Fred Dalton Thompson, the on-again, off-again actor and sometimes Senator, represented the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, a pro-abortion group, and lobbied the administration of President George H.W. Bush to ease regulations that prevented clinics that received federal money from offering abortion counseling.

In true Reagan style, Thompson says he “has no recollection” of the lobbying activity.

Reports The Associated Press:

At the time, Thompson, a lawyer, worked as a lobbyist at Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, a Washington firm.

“He may have been consulted by one of the firm’s partners who represented this group in 1991,” Thompson spokesman Mark Corallo said Friday in a statement. “As any lawyer would know, such consultations take place within law firms everyday.”

The newspaper cited minutes from a meeting of the association when Thompson’s work was discussed as well as the recollections of five individuals.

Judith DeSarno, the association’s former president, told The Times that she had specific memories of discussing Thompson’s lobbying work with him in phone conversations and during meals at Washington restaurants.

Minutes of a Sept. 14, 1991, meeting of the association, cited by the newspaper, states: “Judy (DeSarno) reported that the Association had hired Fred Thompson, Esq., as counsel to aid us in discussions with the administration.” According to The Times, DeSarno said Thompson told her he discussed the abortion restriction with John Sununu, then chief of staff to Bush.


  1. Billyking2007

    He was a lobbist give me a break. Another one bits the dust. Sometimes a smile is an upsidedown froun. lol

  2. Joe Lawrence

    Ron Paul is my guy! Why? Because he at least brings some Republican voters back to the previously abandoned point of actually thinking about for whom they will vote, thus sending shock waves which MAY have SOME chance of affecting the outcome of the Republican primaries. Likely not, but he’s still my guy for that purpose.

    For being the POTUS, though? Not a chance in hell.

    So, as many have said or implied above, it comes down to those such as we who follow Doug’s lead at CHB to try our best to influence our friends, neighbors, churchfolk and as many others as we can reach. The imperative is to get them to think for themselves, and to vote accordingly.

    Remember, you still cannot swing a dead cat without hitting either a Nixon or a Bush apologist.

  3. Oneinsixbillion

    The candidate Liberty is referring to is probably Dr. Ron Paul, the only candidate with a freedom agenda in the ’08 election so far.

  4. Sandra Price

    I’m not impressed with actors portraying leaders on the screen being accepted as leaders in person.

    I have never met a single person who is pro-abortion but I know millions who will not hand this over to any federal government. Big Daddy should never be our moral guide and nothing ever shocked the GOP as the time Reagan changed his opinion on federal authority on this subject. I knew his daughter Maureen very well and she, as well as Nancy were shocked at his change of attitude.

    Fred Thompson has his script ready and waiting for his chance and it is as phony as anything I have ever seen. He is just another politician pandering to the religious right and I’m tired of this.

  5. Boudicca

    “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone; the people themselves are its only safe depositories.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    Folks, America is morphing into a totalitarian police state and our uber militarism is a foreign policy nightmare. The only candidate out there who stands for human liberty and limits on government power is Ron Paul. He has consistently opposed the war and its funding, and he opposes NAFTA/CAFTA/SPP and other initiatives of global governance that are creating a new industrial feudalism under the rule of the elites.

    Really, there are no differences between the Republicans and the Dems – they all have the same agenda and they are all funded by deep pocketed special interests. The Libertarian Ron Paul is our only hope because he takes no PAC or special interest money.

    Although I consider myself a constitutionalist and an independent voter, I also know that there are no candidates in the Republican or Democratic POTUS lineup who are committed to less government power, with the exception being Ron Paul.

    Fred Thompson is a neocon hack who will follow in the steps of Bush, as will the rest of the GOP neocons. The Dems aren’t any better as they promised to end the war but instead opted to give Bush $95 billion in war funding in exchange for $25-30 billion in pork.

    To be sure, most of this Congress needs to be voted out of office. That’s the only way the “we the people” can convince these elitist and corrupt bums that they are elected to represent us.

  6. Sandra Price

    The way I look at candidates is based on their political agenda. They are either for or against Individual Freedoms. Any candidate who has a list of freedoms to be supported and another list to be denied is not what I consider a moral candidate.

    Fred tried to be a copycat of Reagan who did change his agenda in his last term. He caused meny of his long-time supporters to throw up their hands and back awsy from him. It was during this time that the “Republican Majority for Choice” was formed and many of us signed up to not allow this change of agenda to ever be done after an election. I will never fogive President Reagan for his action as his word had always meant something to the Party.

    Fred changed his to get the religious right money and support. Sorry Fred many can see straight through you.