Fred’s drug-dealer buddy

Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson has been campaigning around the country using a private jet that was provided to him by a businessman and close adviser, who has a criminal record for drug dealing, The Washington Post reported on its website Saturday.

The newspaper said the businessman, Philip Martin, has also been helping Thompson raise money for his White House bid.

Martin is one of Thompson’s four campaign co-chairmen. He has been friends with Thompson since the early 1990s, and campaign aides jokingly began to refer to Martin as the head of “Thompson’s Air Force,” the report said.

Thompson’s frequent flights aboard Martin’s twin-engine Cessna 560 Citation have saved him more than 100,000 dollars because until the law changed in September campaign-finance rules allowed presidential candidates to reimburse private jet owners for just a fraction of the true cost, the paper said.

In 1979, Martin entered a plea of guilty to the sale of 11 pounds of marijuana, according to The Post.

He was charged in 1983 with violating his probation and with multiple counts of felony bookmaking, cocaine trafficking and conspiracy, the report said.

He pleaded no contest to the cocaine-trafficking and conspiracy charges, which stemmed from a plan to sell 30,000 dollars worth of the drug, and was continued on probation.

Thompson is considered one of three leading contenders for the Republican presidential nominations, along with Rudolph Giuliani and Mitt Romney.


  1. old_curmudgeon

    Those were some pretty serious charges (and convictions) – I wonder how he managed to NOT go to jail? This guy makes Bebe Rebozo look squeeky clean. I suppose they told the judge that he was just another go-getter entrepreneur trying to make a buck. Nice!

  2. anthny

    So whats the problem?

    Money talks and dung feeds the tomatos.
    If you got it spread it out and use it to buy powerful people.
    Hypocracy rules this country, always has, always will.

    The only problem I see with this is the MSM wants to get rid of Fred, otherwise if he was a contender we would never see anything negitive about a canidate they want.

  3. CheckerboardStrangler

    If the guy had served time, like ANY OTHER person, and had paid his price to society for breaking the law, I’d say “leave it alone it was decades ago”…but the mere fact that he got off with probation for trafficking an amount that would get anyone else FORTY YEARS says that this Martin is another member of the well groomed hyper elite that gets a free pass, or to quote
    Zbigniew Brzezinski, “the elite, not bound by traditional moral values”.*

    *(from “The Technotronic Era”)

  4. Janet

    Ah, Republican scandal…The gift that just keeps on giving…keep up the good work.

    These were no small possession charges. 11 pounds of MJ? Felony bookmaking and cocaine trafficking? The question is why did this guy never serve time? Did he pay someone off?

    Let’s hope that this finally finishes Fred Thompson off. He’s not qualified anyway. Is he even awake?

    Now if any Republican tries to bring up Bill Clinton pardoning Mark Richards, everyone can point to the fact that at least Bill and Hillary didn’t count felonius thugs as their best buddies.