The LuLac Edition #271, July 24th, 2007
PHOTO INDEX: BLOG EDITOR WITH RUDY AT YANKEE STADIUM IN THE EARLY 90s WHEN THE FORMER MAYOR HAD A COMBOVER AND THE BLOG EDITOR HAD HAIR AND FORMER U.S. SENATOR FRED THOMPSON.
GOP 2008 NEWS
GIULIANI GOES FOR IT!
Who says Rudy Giuliani is going to cede New Hampshire and Iowa?
That's the message the former New York mayor is sending in unveiling three new radio ads yesterday that will run in the first two primary states.
The three ads -- called "Out of Control," "Will Do," and "Garbage Can" -- highlight Giuliani's record as mayor, with Giuliani making the case that he's a fiscal conservative who has shown he can hold down spending, reduce taxes, and erase yawning deficits through conservative solutions.
Giuliani first ran national radio ads a couple of months ago, but these are the first he has aired in the states, according to his campaign.
The emphasis on Giuliani's fiscal record reflects a recognition that his support for abortion rights and his history of supporting gay rights and gun control make it unlikely he will win over all of the GOP's socially conservative voters. So he's appealing to their pocketbooks instead. Aides say to expect more ads in the coming weeks.
Republican Fred Thompson shook up the top management of his presidential campaign-in-waiting on Tuesday ahead of an expected announcement late this summer that he will jump in the race.
The move came amid signs of frustration among Thompson's devoted followers, known as Fredheads, that the former Tennessee senator and Hollywood actor has yet to say he will run for president.
Tom Collamore told CNN he had resigned as acting manager of Thompson's potential campaign while Linda Rozett, spokeswoman for the Friends of Fred Thompson organization, said he had been shifted to a senior adviser job on the team.
Taking over Collamore's duties will be Spencer Abraham, former energy secretary under President George W. Bush and a former Republican senator from Michigan, and Randy Enright, former executive director of the Florida Republican Party.