September 12th, 2007
08:27 AM ET
7 years ago

Thompson camp accuses rival of a 'cover-up'

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - The race for the Republican presidential nomination just got uglier.

A spokesman for Fred Thompson’s presidential bid accused GOP rival Mitt Romney’s campaign of a “cover-up” Tuesday over a now defunct Web site, which portrayed the former Tennessee senator in an unflattering manner and referred to him as “phony.” The Web site, www.phonyfred.org, was created by Wes Donehue, an associate consultant and vice president of the firm Tompkins, Thompson, and Sullivan. A principal of the firm – Warren Tompkins – is a paid advisor to Romney’s presidential campaign.

"Today's half-baked cover-up attempt by the Romney campaign does not even pass the laugh test,” Todd Harris, Thompson’s communications director, said in a prepared statement.

Earlier in the day, Harris indicated the campaign would wait until the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks passed before commenting on the matter. A few hours later he issued the statement.

“The Romney campaign has paid Warren Tompkins and his various firms hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Harris said.

“Wesley Donehue works for Tompkins and is listed on Tompkins' own Web page as an associate of the firm.”

Romney spokesman Kevin Madden denied that the campaign had any knowledge about www.phonyfred.org.

"We had no knowledge of the development or administration of this site,” Madden said in a statement to CNN. “We also disapprove of the site and have made it very clear that the site does not have an affiliation with our campaign."

Madden also questioned why the Thompson campaign would issue such a sharp attack on a day when politics is traditionally set aside.

“Today is a day of remembrance, and should be a day without political statements or attacks on opposing campaigns,” Madden said. “Our campaign is focused on running a campaign about issues that are important to the American people.”

– CNN Political Ticker Producer Xuan Thai


Filed under: Fred Thompson • Mitt Romney • South Carolina
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Winston Hsia, San Antonio Texas

    GOP says "chose winning." Well, who is winning? Brave american solders are not, they are dying. Americans are not, they have to foot the $900 billions bill which means $3000 each person, young and old. The only winners are Bush and his oil friends. Do you want to let them win again and you lose again???? Chose the party which will make YOU the winner and stop billing you $3000 per head. Democrats will make you a winner.

    September 12, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. MARY JANE, BALTIMORE, MD

    I LIKED YOU B4 YOU UNMASKED WHEN ON LAW AND ORDER CRIMINAL JUSTICE THAN YOU ARE NOW... I THINK NOW I SEE YOU AS AN OLD FELLA WHO JUST NEED TO REST, DON'T U THINK?

    September 12, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Daniel McNamara, Fort lauderdale, Florida

    I am negatively impressed with US Citizens and your lack of intelligence and memory (I do not say Americans because America is a continent! not a country). To look up to Reagan, a complete crook, to have voted for Dubya not once but twice! to now like Thompson because he uses Aqua Velva, is tall and has a low voice, is quite telling about the dumbest people on the face of the earth (i.e. US citizens I repeat)who, adding insult to injury, are more religiously fanatic than any other people on the face of the Earth!

    September 12, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Gosh Daniel,
    What elite country and citizenship do you boast? It is conspicuously missing in your post.

    September 12, 2007 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
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