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RE: The Waters May Get Cooler

By on 7.19.07 | 7:49AM

Jennifer: I dunno. The Times story states:

According to records from Arent Fox, the law firm based in Washington where Mr. Thompson worked part-time from 1991 to 1994, he charged the organization, the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, about $5,000 for work he did in 1991 and 1992.

22 hours 15 years ago? Having a hazy memory about that is far from improbable.

On the other hand, I will say that the Thompson camp has handled this pretty clumsily. When the question first arose, Thompson or his handlers should have said that they were unsure whether he had done such work, but that they would examine the records. Once they knew the facts, just admit it and then say that such work no longer represents his position on abortion--something easily proven by his voting record in the Senate.

Given the withering scrutiny Romney has endured for his flip-flopping, you'd think the Thompson camp would be extra careful on these things. Even successful campaigns have a few mishaps. But this will (and should) raise questions as to whether Thompson is ready for prime time.

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