Thursday, May 24, 2007

It Might As Well Be Official: Fred's In

On Monday, Fred Thompson's inner circle leaked two nuggets of very exciting news to Chris Cillizza: Tom Collamore, a former vice president of public affairs at Altria who's been leading the behind-the scenes organization efforts for a Thompson candidacy, will serve as his campaign manager "when (not if) the former senator decides to announce a [presidential] bid."

On Tuesday, the Tennessee Politics Blog confirmed that Thompson will formally announce his candidacy shortly after the second fund-raising quarter closes on June 30.

On Wednesday, Cillizza reported that former Federal Elections Commission Chairman Michael Toner will serve as Thompson's lead lawyer.