|July 30, 2007--Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-TN), still testing the
waters, arrives for a closed fundraiser at the J.W. Marriott Pensylvania
Avenue. Several hundred people attended. Among those sighted
were Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), conservative leader Gary Bauer, who had
good words for Thompson while stopping short of an endorsement, Congressman
Ted Poe (R-TX), and David Bossie, president of Citizens United.
Thompson's delay in getting into the race is causing concern among some
of his grassroots supporters, and his committee, Friends of Fred Thompson,
has recently endured a shake-up and several departures. It is due
to file its first financial report with the IRS tomorrow.