He didn't. My point being that he hasn't been tested in a political arena outside his very conservative California district.
I think he needs more...either name id, expericence, etc.
Your wording you choose had implications that he tried to run and lost.
LOL, maybe Thompson should have been stuck in CA. Thompson had the advantage of being from TN, a good voting state for conservatives/GOP. Hunter will take TN and then some in a general election. Thompson, even if he can claim to be an actor on the side, would have NO chance whatsoever of carrying Hollyweirdland CA! And Hunter's record far exceeds Thompson's in experience and effectiveness in Congress.