If you saw yesterday’s diary, then you know that I was more than willing to give
Grandpa Fred Thompson the benefit of the doubt when it came to his long-time friend, supporter, contributor and fundraiser Philip J. Martin. However, after digging up a rather incriminating photo, I am not so sure how innocent it all was.
Original DVD cover.
Grandpa Fred defended the crap out of his buddy on Meet the Press yesterday, old Phil has resigned.
From the Boston Herald:
“I have decided to resign my position as chair of ’First Day Founders’ of ’The Friends of Fred Thompson,’” Philip Martin said in a statement. “The focus of this campaign should be on Fred Thompson’s positions on the issues and his outstanding leadership ability, not on mistakes I made some 24 years ago. I deeply regret any embarrassment this has caused.”
The First Day Founders of the Friends of Fred Thompson? 😆 Farcically freakin’ funny!
Thompson has flown around the country in a private jet borrowed from Martin, a businessman and co-chairman of Thompson’s campaign, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
Martin pleaded guilty to the sale of 11 pounds of marijuana in 1979, but the court withheld judgment pending completion of his probation. In 1983, he was charged with violating probation and multiple counts of bookmaking, cocaine trafficking and conspiracy. He pleaded no contest to the cocaine-trafficking and conspiracy charges, and was continued on probation, the newspaper said.
Thompson said Sunday he was unaware of Martin’s criminal past, but that he wouldn’t “throw my friend under the bus” for decades-old indiscretions.
What will happen to
Grandpa Fred’s travel plans now? Maybe he needs to find that bus that he is not going to throw Phil under and use it to get to campaign stops.
From ABC News:
Campaign officials said today that in the wake of Phil Martin’s resignation, Thompson was no longer using his private jet and took a commercial flight to New Hampshire last night.
There is no indication what action, if any, the campaign may take about the money Martin has contributed and raised for the campaign.