Advisers to Fred Thompson have begun exploring a range of staffing options — including talking to potential campaign managers — as the actor and former Tennessee senator firms up his plans to enter the Republican presidential contest, according to people involved in the conversations.
Thompson has not made a final decision but is on track to be ready to announce his candidacy in June or July, his advisers say. Thompson has already been polling better than some of the announced GOP candidates, and his entry would shake up a field that has left many Republican faithful dissatisfied.
If Thompson is going to run he’ll need to do so by then. I’m not convinced that rank and file GOP members shared the dissatisfaction with the currently crowded field of candidates. However, his entry in the race wouldn’t be a bad thing. Hopefully some of the marginal candidates, like those who poll lower than the temperature, and this is Farenheit, of Nome Alaska in Winter will get out of the way and let the big boys play.