As I noted over the weekend, the Thomspon press shop should stop sending out press articles hoping we don’t read them. This time they sent another “wow he’s a likeable guy” account from Florida and excised the offending passages but the link to the full article reveals this:
He is less impressed with Thompson, saying he has never emerged as a conservative leader.
You don’t look back and think, ‘Oh, yeah; that’s what he stood for,’ Staver said.
He and some social conservatives are worried about Thompson’s position on gay marriage. The candidate opposes it and has consistently said marriage is between a man and a woman.
But he has not supported a constitutional ban on gay marriage. He instead favors regulations forbidding judges from approving same-sex marriage under existing laws.
Others have questioned Thompson’s Second Amendment credentials, saying he voted for bills that contained antigun provisions. Several of those bills, however, were only tangentially tied to gun issues, and Thompson generally gets high marks from gun advocates.
But the area where Thompson has taken most of his lumps is preparation.
At times last week he seemed caught off guard by issues familiar to most Floridians.
He appeared ill-equipped to address questions about the Terri Schiavo case or the creation of a national catastrophe-insurance fund. He said he would consider drilling for oil off Florida’s Gulf Coast but did not acknowledge how politically explosive that issue was.”
Maybe letting Jim Mills go wasn’t such a good idea.