Fred Thompson, senator, actor, presidential candidate died today. He was one of two candidates for president that came to Aiken, SC while I as there in 2008. I took this picture when he entered the pizza joint downtown to give his campaign speech. I knew after hearing him, that his heart wasn’t in the race at all. He came in third place in South Carolina and dropped out afterward.
The following is from The Hill:
Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), an actor-turned-politician who made his mark in the Senate as an investigator and ran for president, has died.
Thompson, aged 73, died after a recurrence of lymphoma, according to a statement issued by his family and reported by The Tennessean.
“He enjoyed a hearty laugh, a strong handshake, a good cigar, and a healthy dose of humility. Fred was the same man on the floor of the Senate, the movie studio, or the town square of Lawrenceburg, his home,” the statement read.
Thompson, a successful actor who co-starred with Alec Baldwin in “The Hunt for the Red October” and Robert De Niro in “Cape Fear,” was first elected to the Senate in 1994 in a special election to serve out the remainder of former Vice President Al Gore’s term.
He won re-election in 1996 and led the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee during its 1997 investigation into the Democratic National Committee’s soft-money fundraising practices and the influence of Chinese donors on the Clinton White House.
The only reason I’m posting this is because I had a few pictures of him.