So, this was on Google News this morning:http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2007/11/04/thompson_adviser_has_criminal_record/5315/
Apparently, one of Fred Thompson's campaign chiefs has a record of selling drugs. 11 pounds of marijuana in 1979, and, while on probation, a conviction for cocaine trafficking. And for both of these, he got "probation"
Of course, Fred Thompson is a rightist candidate, and on his website states: We owe to ourselves and our fellow citizens our own adherence to the rules, but tough law enforcement and punishment for those who do not.
11 pounds of marijuana is not a small amount of drugs. I don't know how much cocaine was being trafficked, but it probably wasn't a small amount. And yet his advisor got only probation for this. Someone should ask Fred Thompson if probation is what he thinks is an appropriate punishment for large scale drug trafficking.
And, just because this has to be thrown out, the inevitable race and class issues have to be brought up. I don't know if Phil Martin is poor, or black, but I am guessing neither. I am guessing if he got off with probation for this, he had some type of connections. Its another one of the examples of the privilege that some people have that they don't even realize. There were plenty of young black men sent to jail for selling vials of crack in the 80s, and this guy got off with "probation" for trafficking cocaine.
ETA: in my subject line, I called the man "campaign manager", which is somewhat inaccurate. He was just a top campaign advisor.