One of the biggest obstacles to a late entry into the race by Fred Thompson is the fact that so many key fundraisers have been locked up by other candidates — quite a few of them by Mitt Romney. In fact, the most important of Thompson’s longtime money men, fundraising superstar Ted Welch, is already committed to Romney and has told reporters he plans to remain so.
But this item from the Tennessean is weird. Welch reiterates his support for Romney and also says: “If he, for some reason, were to drop out, my choice would naturally be Fred Thompson.” The reporter interviewing him says “Welch made sure to say that last sentence several times: If Romney’s out, Thompson is Welch’s guy.”
At the very least, this seems off-message.