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Another staffer bails on Thompson

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August 28, 2007

Republican Fred Thompson sidestepped questions Monday about the departure of yet another high-level aide to his presidential campaign-in-waiting.

Linda Rozett, a longtime U.S. Chamber of Commerce official, is gone from the former Tennessee senator’s committee to “test the waters” of a presidential bid after spending the last several weeks as communications director.

“I don’t know what the story is,” said Thompson, who was asked about the departure while campaigning at the Minnesota state fair. “I don’t know what to say about it except that she’s a wonderful lady.”

Rozett’s departure was disclosed in an e-mail to staffers from campaign manager Bill Lacy.

“It is my duty to let you know that Linda Rozett is no longer with our committee,” Lacy wrote. “I will have to make a lot of tough decisions to make our venture successful and this was one of them. Linda is a talented, professional and gracious lady who will be missed. But in the limited amount of time we have I feel it critical to have a communications point person with significant campaign experience.”

The all-but-declared candidate collected about $1.5 million less than the $5 million backers had hoped to bring in during June, his first fundraising month. In July, Thompson sidelined his campaign-manager-in-waiting, Tom Collamore, and watched a few other aides follow him out the door amid consternation inside the operation about the active role of Thompson’s wife, Jeri.

On Monday, Thompson posed for pictures, spoke briefly with reporters and sampled the food at the Minnesota state fair.

Questioned about the resignation of Alberto Gonzales, Thompson said the attorney general’s enemies were piling on and he didn’t think Gonzales did anything wrong. But Thompson said Gonzales didn’t handle the situation very well.

“It was mishandled,” Thompson said. “He doesn’t have a monopoly on that in Washington.”

Thompson smiled broadly when he was introduced as an “all-but-declared GOP presidential candidate” while interviewed live at the WCCO-AM radio booth by Eleanor Mondale, daughter of former vice president Walter Mondale.

“I think it’s pretty clear the direction I’m headed in,” said Thompson, who plans to announce his official candidacy next month.

He was capping his visit to Minnesota with a $1,000-per person fundraiser.

3 Responses to Another staffer bails on Thompson

  1. Carl Nemo

    August 28, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    “I don’t know what the story is,” said Thompson, who was asked about the departure while campaigning at the Minnesota state fair. “I don’t know what to say about it except that she’s a wonderful lady.”

    *****
    Thompson wants to be our President?! This type of response reminds me of what Bush had to say about Harriet Miers while continually evading the heart of the issues and questions. So visualize if Americans are foolish to elect this guy, all they’l be getting is a bunch of “gosh, gee, gollywolly” Reaganesque euphemisms for his entire term while his appointees are involved in typical Republican criminal mischief at all levels. Ol’ Fred will be puffin’ on those big cigars that he likes so much while “we the people” go down the drain to a tyrannical hell-on-earth…!

    Carl Nemo**==

  2. bryan mcclellan

    August 29, 2007 at 2:31 am

    No comment, Hurray………..**==

  3. Boots

    August 29, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    He’s a real good old boy. Fred sounds a lot smarter on Law & Order. Here he sounds so much like W’s big illegitimate brother it’s spookey. Someone check back and see who “Poppy” was “doing” before he headed to the pacific in that plane.