The LA Times' revelation yesterday that Fred Thompson's law firm took a fat paycheck in exchange for compromising Thompson's principles on the issue of abortion comes as no surprise.
Fred is an actor at heart, a professional poseur. He took money from the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association and did what they asked him to do. He was a lobbyist at the time, and he was paid to lobby. Whether he believed in their cause or not is irrelvant; lobbyists are paid to look people squarely in the eyes and lie to them.
And so it's no surprise to me at least that he came out lying to everyone on this issue as well.
Thompson spokesman Mark Corallo adamantly denied that Thompson worked for the family planning group. "Fred Thompson did not lobby for this group, period," he said in an e-mail.
In a telephone interview, he added: "There's no documents to prove it, there's no billing records, and Thompson says he has no recollection of it, says it didn't happen." In a separate interview, John H. Sununu, the White House official whom the family planning group wanted to contact, said he had no memory of the lobbying and doubted it took place.
Taking Corallo's second point first, there are documents to prove it.
The group, the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, hired Mr. Thompson in 1991, three years before he was elected to the Senate from Tennessee, as part of the group's effort to overturn a ban on federally financed family planning clinics giving women information about abortion, according to the group's board minutes and former president. [...]
In the group's board minutes of September 1991, Ms. DeSarno reported hiring Mr. Thompson to "aid us in discussions with the administration." Ms. DeSarno, who provided the minutes, said in an interview that Mr. Thompson served as the group's liaison to the White House.
And what is disturbing to me isn't that Thompson lobbied for this group - that's a poseur's prerogative. What's disturbing is that he chooses to deny it.
But, just when you think there's no hope for getting the truth out of Thompson's camp comes the clincher, with Carallo admitting that in fact Thompson did indeed
have relations provide services for this group.
"He may have been consulted by one of the firm's partners who represented this group in 1991," the spokesman, Mark Corallo, said in a statement. "As any lawyer would know, such consultations take place within law firms every day."
So the 'it never happened - uh uh, no way' has evolved to 'he may have been consulted', meaning even if he did not personally ring the White House doorbell on this issue he did work for them after all.
Sigmund Frued said "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar" -- and Fred Thompson has now proven that "once an actor, always an actor" .
[H/T to Ed Cone for the great title.]
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