WASHINGTON (AP) â€” An adviser to Republican Fred Thompson quit the presidential candidate’s campaign Monday, one day after a report about his decades-old criminal record for drug dealing.
“I have decided to resign my position as chair of ‘First Day Founders’ of ‘The Friends of Fred Thompson,”‘ Philip Martin said in a statement. “The focus of this campaign should be on Fred Thompson’s positions on the issues and his outstanding leadership ability, not on mistakes I made some 24 years ago. I deeply regret any embarrassment this has caused.”
The campaign issued the statement.
Thompson has flown around the country in a private jet borrowed from Martin, a businessman and co-chairman of Thompson’s campaign, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
As I predicted earlier, Fred’s not throwing him under the bus, but he is quietly throwing him to the curb, and so he should.
Not big news really considering that Hillary is still embroiled in current fund raising scandals. Not too mention the fact that Thompson’s shimmer has been weakening as Huckabee is surging a bit so this won’t make major headlines. Now, had Fred been a definitive front runner, like Giuliani, this would be a breaking news alert and all over the place.