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Thompson Snags Santorum Frontman
Pennlive.com ^ | June 29, 2007 | Brett Lieberman

Posted on 07/04/2007 7:49:30 AM PDT by chief911

Robert Traynham, former communications director for U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., had been wooed by several presidential campaigns, but seemed to be heading for something of a timeout from politics.

Now it seems he's changed course and has signed on with actor and former Sen. Fred Thompson's campaign as a senior adviser.

It's a "shrewd move," says Sharon Cobb...

who notes Traynham brings strong qualifications to the campaign plus hiring the openly gay man could help win support of moderate Republicans.

Since Santorum's defeat, Traynham has hung out his own PR shingle, working for a variety of private sector clients including Philadelphia-based Comcast and has been working on projects including a book deal of his own, teaching and serving as a commentator for National Public Radio.

When we e-mailed Traynham last night saying we thought he was staying out of politics for a while, he responded, "I thought so too!"

"Yes, I am (on) board and very pleased to be helping Senator Thompson test the waters for a possible presidential run," he wrote.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: elections; fredthompson; fredthopmson; queer
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1 posted on 07/04/2007 7:49:31 AM PDT by chief911
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To: chief911

There goes my last hope of Santorum running for President. Perhaps a VP slot is in the works. I believe Santorum could help the GOP carry Pennsylvania in 2008.


2 posted on 07/04/2007 7:56:15 AM PDT by Hoodat ( ETERNITY - Smoking, or Non-smoking?)
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To: chief911

Katie, bar the door.

Here come all the “why did he hire a GAYYYY man” negative posts.


3 posted on 07/04/2007 7:57:42 AM PDT by TheRobb7 (The welfare state needs a new customer base--ILLEGAL aliens!)
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To: chief911

This opens Fred to attacks, certainly. On the other hand, Santorum was reliably pro-life and pro-family, an orthodox Catholic.


4 posted on 07/04/2007 8:09:02 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: chief911

This is the first time I’m dissappointed with Thompson. It makes NO sense to hire an openly homosexual in a prominent role. VP Cheney’s homosexual daughter has hurt him.

One of the reasons I so strongly oppose Rudy the Rumpranger is because he is to homophilic. Senator Thompson, please don’t make the same mistake. You don’t have to condemn homosexuals, but don’t embrace them - which gives them the “legitamacy” they desire - either.

Senator, please don’t sink your campaign so soon buy doing something stupid. Stay clear of pro-choicers, gun grabbers, and homophiles.


5 posted on 07/04/2007 8:22:46 AM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Sola Veritas
You don’t have to condemn homosexuals, but don’t embrace them

Traynham only became openly gay once he was outed by slimy gay activists, so it's not like he flaunts it.

As long as Traynham doesn't promote a homosexual agenda, I have no problem with this. There are many, many hetereosexuals who promote the gay agenda, and I have a much bigger problem with them than with a gay man who doesn't.

6 posted on 07/04/2007 8:25:51 AM PDT by dirtboy (Impeach Chertoff and Gonzales. We can't wait until 2009 for them to be gone.)
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To: dirtboy

Traynham isn’t running, Thompson is.

If Traynham is the best in the business and he can help get a conservative into office, I say, go for it.


7 posted on 07/04/2007 8:31:01 AM PDT by TaxxMann (THE CONSTITUTION DOES NOT GUARANTEE FAIR SPEECH, IT GUARANTEES FREE SPEECH)
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To: Sola Veritas
It makes NO sense to hire an openly homosexual in a prominent role.

This guy will be serving roles as Thompson's communications and press director. He will have ZERO influence on policy. He has an extensive, impeccable record; not only did he work for Santorum, he also worked with the RNC and on Capitol Hill.

The fact that he's homosexual is completely irrelevant, although unfortunate.

8 posted on 07/04/2007 8:33:09 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Hoodat

You said: “I believe Santorum could help the GOP carry Pennsylvania in 2008.”

How, he couldn’t even keep his own senate seat?


9 posted on 07/04/2007 8:42:37 AM PDT by DaiHuy (I think owning a gun doesn't make you a killer, it makes you a smart American. (George Carlin)
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To: Sola Veritas
VP Cheney’s homosexual daughter has hurt him.

I don't see how, since it is Elizabeth Cheney (the straight one) who is an advisor.

10 posted on 07/04/2007 8:51:51 AM PDT by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: DaiHuy

This time, he won’t be running against a Pennsylvanian. If you are from York or Allentown or Erie, who do you choose? Santorum? Or Hillary?


11 posted on 07/04/2007 8:55:21 AM PDT by Hoodat ( ETERNITY - Smoking, or Non-smoking?)
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To: mollynme

Is Liz Cheney also working for Thompson?


12 posted on 07/04/2007 8:59:57 AM PDT by chief911
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To: Hoodat

Isn’t Santorum now a resident of Virginia ?


13 posted on 07/04/2007 9:15:22 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: dirtboy

BUMP what you said!


14 posted on 07/04/2007 9:18:40 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: DaiHuy

Pennsylvania has been on the precipice of scumbag “blue” for a long time. The city parasites have continued to infest the suburbs, and there has been a huge influx of New York City garbage into Bucks County, where they fled to escape the disaster they voted themselves up north.

Like Carville once said, “Pennsylvania is Philadelphia at one end, Pittsburgh at the other end, and Alabama in between.” It’s all about turnout, and it takes a lot of turnout by the normal people in flyover country to defeat the Democrat fraud and union mobilization efforts in Philly.


15 posted on 07/04/2007 9:24:53 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: chief911

Yes - she signed on last month.


16 posted on 07/04/2007 9:28:08 AM PDT by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: Lancey Howard
Pennsylvania has been on the precipice of scumbag “blue” for a long time. The city parasites have continued to infest the suburbs, and there has been a huge influx of New York City garbage into Bucks County

And into the Lehigh Valley region (Easton, Bethlehem and Allentown) once I-78 was completed.

There went the neighborhood.

17 posted on 07/04/2007 9:29:32 AM PDT by dirtboy (Impeach Chertoff and Gonzales. We can't wait until 2009 for them to be gone.)
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To: TheRobb7

I don’t have a problem with it unless his position is used as a platform to advance and promote the gay agenda.


18 posted on 07/04/2007 9:34:36 AM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: chief911

I’m just fine with this.

“Big tents” are meant to include conservatives of all stripes (not Rinos).

I trust Fred to hire the right guy.

And while a few fringe loonies (who will still vote for Fred anyway if nominated) might “worry” about it, the likelihood is that this makes Fred less frightening to moderate voters, like gays who can now set the gay political fears aside, and vote their wallets (or handbags.)


19 posted on 07/04/2007 9:43:38 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed ("We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them, I won't chip away at them" -Mitt Romney)
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To: dirtboy
I'm farmiliar with Traynham, I remember when he got outed.

As crazy at this may sound, he seems to push social conservatives over more moderate or liberal ones, and even though he is gay, seems to push hard against the gay agenda.

Bill Clinton made a referance to him, and another gay republican operative when he referred to them as "self hating" and a few other slurs.

I'm trying to remember the name of the other gay operative he was referring to, but that one lives in NYS, and made it a personal mission to stop Hillary, and had a history of working for Helms.

20 posted on 07/04/2007 9:44:31 AM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: chief911

Robert Traynham being gay is no big deal.

OTOH, I’ll keep my fingers crossed on this one.


21 posted on 07/04/2007 10:02:54 AM PDT by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: chief911

Robert Traynham was with Fred’s entourage when Fred visited New Hampshire last week. He did not act or dress “gay”. From what I saw, he’s a competent, hard-working fellow.

http://www.cheyney.edu/pages/index.asp?p=213

The Bush-Cheney campaign had hired him, too:
http://rothenbergpoliticalreport.blogspot.com/2007/05/gop-back-to-square-one.html

“Bush received 11 percent of the black vote in 2004, up 2 points from 2000, and it wasn’t by accident. The Bush-Cheney campaign hired Robert Traynham, a high-level black staffer on Capitol Hill, as a senior adviser.”


22 posted on 07/04/2007 10:43:56 AM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
This guy will be serving roles as Thompson's communications and press director. He will have ZERO influence on policy.

In fact, few have more influence on policy than those who author the message.

23 posted on 07/04/2007 10:48:03 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Implement the FairTax and be free and prosperous, or stick with the StupidTax...it's up to you...)
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To: Cicero

I have thought all along that Santorum would make a fantastic running mate or member of the cabinet.


24 posted on 07/04/2007 10:50:18 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: chief911
Thompson Snags Santorum Frontman Rearman...there, fixed it
25 posted on 07/04/2007 10:56:47 AM PDT by SergeiRachmaninov
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To: EternalVigilance
In fact, few have more influence on policy than those who author the message.

His job will be to schedule Thompson for press conferences & working with the media and such. He's not going to write any of Thompson's speeches or have influence on his policies.

He's been working with the GOP since the early 90s. If it was OK then, why the big deal now?

26 posted on 07/04/2007 11:45:02 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: pgkdan
I don’t have a problem with it unless his position is used as a platform to advance and promote the gay agenda.

It's not. It's behind the scenes stuff (no pun intended). Doing the phone calls, scheduling, & making the rounds with the MSM.

27 posted on 07/04/2007 11:47:08 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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28 posted on 07/04/2007 11:54:47 AM PDT by Stallone (THE FENCE - Build it, and they won't come)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I never made any comment about the quality of his choice. I simply pointed out a fact.

However, now that you mention it, the pick is one more clue as a conservative observes Fred Thompson and puts the pieces together.


29 posted on 07/04/2007 1:04:43 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Implement the FairTax and be free and prosperous, or stick with the StupidTax...it's up to you...)
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To: DaiHuy

Not only did Santorum lose, he lost big. And if this guy was responsible for his campaign, it’s no recommendation. It was a dumb campaign with nasty, sarcastic ads on Santorum’s part that turned off the voters at the outset. Santorum never got any traction at all. He tried every issue he could come up with including, at the end, dire warnings that sounded like Churchill in the 30s. Nothing worked. Casey barely campaigned and fumbled in the debates but still won, I think by about 20 percentage points.


30 posted on 07/04/2007 5:12:58 PM PDT by WestSylvanian
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To: Hoodat
There goes my last hope of Santorum running for President.

Why do you say that? Santorum is still pretty young, and he has several more Presidential election cycles of which he can take advantage.

31 posted on 07/04/2007 5:47:04 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Cicero

I was concerned at first, but if JimRob is okay with it, that’s good enough for me.


32 posted on 07/04/2007 5:48:57 PM PDT by balch3
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To: Sola Veritas
VP Cheney’s homosexual daughter has hurt him.

I haven't seen any problems from Cheney's daughter. There are folks who don't like Cheney, and never will; doesn't matter at bit about his family.

33 posted on 07/04/2007 5:50:37 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: chief911

If Santorum didn’t have a problem with this man being homosexual, I don’t see why voters who might support Fred Thompson would.


34 posted on 07/04/2007 5:52:28 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Sola Veritas
As I said when all the Fred Frenzy started here on FR about two months ago... SLOW DOWN, TAKE A DEEP BREATH, examine the man's voting record versus position papers, and then take a DAMN good look at both his senior campaign advisors and his campaign donors. Do NOT place a priority on his campaign rhetoric. I would say this about all presidential candidates.

In a very short time, you will see if we will get a true conservative on economic and social issues, or whether we get George W. Bush again for four, maybe eight years.

35 posted on 07/04/2007 5:56:05 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Sad so many members of the World's Policeman--our fellow Americans--know little about their "beat")
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To: SuziQ

I hadn’t heard of this guy before, but certainly Santorum was not someone who had any interest in gay rights. I have friends and colleagues in my field who happen to be homosexual. I don’t admire that aspect of their lives, but I’m not going to refuse to speak to them because of it.

In the past I have hired one or two people who were lesbian or homosexual, because they were best qualified for the jobs in question, and because they were not committed to gay activism.

If this guy is good at his job and is not a gay activist, then I don’t see that it’s really relevant.


36 posted on 07/04/2007 5:57:33 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero
Fredhead Ping!!

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38 posted on 07/04/2007 5:59:58 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Nearly 1% of illegals are in prison for felonies. Less than 1/10 of 1% of the legal population is.)
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To: Sola Veritas

If a gay or lesbian was the most qualified applicant for a position. I’d hire them over an underqualified straight person any day.


39 posted on 07/04/2007 6:05:51 PM PDT by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: Rome2000

you have outed yourself as a real class act. congrats.


40 posted on 07/04/2007 6:07:15 PM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Hoodat
I believe Santorum could help the GOP carry Pennsylvania in 2008.

I don't know that Santorum would be the best choice. You want someone at least somewhat removed geographically if not ideologically to balance out the ticket.

That being said, don't be surprised if Thompson, should he win the nomination, choose someone from out west, one with experience in the governor's office (NO, not Arnold).

Several names come to mind right now--former Colo. governor Bill Owens is one, current Nevada governor Jim Gibbons another. Just a thought.
41 posted on 07/04/2007 6:12:58 PM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: Rome2000

Who are you pulling for?

I don’t see that this is a big deal. I trust Fred.


42 posted on 07/04/2007 6:13:38 PM PDT by Shortstop7
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To: Shortstop7

What I Want to Know!
Is Where The Hell! Is Thompson! Its July 4th,I’m Still Waiting!


43 posted on 07/04/2007 6:17:26 PM PDT by NobleEagle2004 ("You Are The 1st Brigade!"StoneWall Jackson)
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To: Shortstop7

I support Fred. But let’s be careful with the “trust” thing. That’s all we’ve heard for the last seven years.


44 posted on 07/04/2007 6:17:31 PM PDT by streetpreacher (Arminian by birth, Calvinist by the grace of God)
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To: EternalVigilance

I don’t see it as evidence of anything. The guy worked for Santorum. How do we know he’s not the most qualified for the job and his homosexuality has nothing to do with his appointment?


45 posted on 07/04/2007 6:19:29 PM PDT by streetpreacher (Arminian by birth, Calvinist by the grace of God)
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To: Shortstop7
I don't think there is anybody in the field other than Fred that is a conservative who can win.

Everyone else is either a mental case or a liberal or is not electable.

Thompson can be the next Reagan, just puzzled by his hiring a homosexual to be his press spokesman.

If the guy has an adviser role and is not the voice of the White House in a Thompson Administration that would be the best for all concerned.

46 posted on 07/04/2007 6:54:59 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Rome2000

Yeah, I think it’ll be just fine. Go Fred!


47 posted on 07/04/2007 6:59:50 PM PDT by Shortstop7
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

“He’s been working with the GOP since the early 90s. If it was OK then, why the big deal now?”

Because it looks bad. Even if this man is not an activist, it looks bad. For Senator Thompson to look correct to the base (moral conservatives) he needs to avoid anything that makes him look two faced. Rudy’s homophilic attitudes make him unacceptable (along with being a baby killer and gun grabber). Senator Thompson must avoid ANY appearance that he approves of the homosexual lifestyle. His appeal to and excitment generated in the base will go down the tube quickly if he isn’t a little more circumspect in whom serves on his staff. Just as in the military, once exposed as a homosexual, you are no longer suitable for service. The same is true of a presidential candidate’s staff - if the candidate wants to appear to be a full fledged conservative. Otherwise, his will just be another “also-ran.”

It just is a plain stupid move. There are plenty of other personnel out there that can serve - without homosexual tendencies.


48 posted on 07/04/2007 8:50:20 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Sonny M
even though he is gay, seems to push hard against the gay agenda

There's a good argument to be made that the "gay agenda" is actually harmful to homosexuals.

49 posted on 07/05/2007 4:56:34 AM PDT by kevkrom ("Government is too important to leave up to the government" - Fred Dalton Thompson)
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To: EternalVigilance
few have more influence on policy than those who author the message

Well, in Thompson's case, that would be Thompson, so no worries there. :)

50 posted on 07/05/2007 4:57:43 AM PDT by kevkrom ("Government is too important to leave up to the government" - Fred Dalton Thompson)
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