George P. Bush has thrown his support behind former Sen. Fred Thompson.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - George P. Bush, one of President Bush's nephews, is throwing his support behind former Sen. Fred Thompson's likely presidential bid, contributing to his nascent campaign and asking others to do so as well, a Thompson adviser tells CNN.
Bush, a real-estate developer in Texas, recently sent out an e-mail to friends and contacts declaring his support for the former "Law and Order" actor.
Thompson filed papers last Friday permitting him to raise money for a presidential bid, though he said over the weekend he has not yet decided to run.
Meanwhile, as CNN reported last week, Mary Matalin, a former aide to Vice President Cheney, has agreed to advise Thompson if he gets in the race.
Many in President Bush's circle are favorable of Thompson because of his work helping shepherd Supreme Court picks through the Senate and because of his vocal support of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff convicted of four felony charges last march in relation to the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson.
- CNN Chief National Correspondent John King