"Thompson's bid gained early credibility when he was able to enlist some respected conservative veterans from past campaigns, including former Bush White House aide Mary Matalin, former Reagan aide Ken Khachigian of California and former California political strategist Ken Rietz.
Khachigian said he signed on because Thompson brings more to the campaign. “It puts someone in the picture with: A) high name ID and visibility; and B) eight years of experience in the Senate; and C) exceptional communicating skills, certainly in the television age; and D) a more convincing conservative alternative to the other top-tier candidates.”
Khachigian reported that “my phone has been ringing from people who want to get on board.” A multitude of the callers, he said, “had stayed on the sidelines and weren't prepared to jump in with any of the other candidates.”
Many of them were conservatives, the bloc of voters considered the biggest prize for any candidate able to rouse them. More than any recent election, they are very much up for grabs, said David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union." (source)
02 July 2007
Best "Campaign" News Yet...
I had no idea until yesterday that FDT had recruited my very favorite political advisor...Mary Matalin. This is great news...