Bill Brady and Don Manzullo Will Head Fred Thompson Presidential Campaign

The following press release from the presidential campaign of Fred Thompson announces that State Senator and third place finisher in the 2006 Republican gubernatorial primary election, Bill Brady, will chair former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson’s campaign for president in Illinois.

Local Congressman Don Manzullo (16th district) will serve as vice chairman.

The press release follows:

Thompson Campaign
Announces Illinois
State Leadership

McLean, VA – Senator Fred Thompson’s campaign today announced its top leadership for its operation in the State of Illinois. State Senator Bill Brady of Bloomington will serve as the Chairman of the campaign’s state organization and Congressman Don Manzullo will serve as its Vice-Chairman.

“The groundswell of support that we’re seeing among Illinois Republicans makes me very excited to be a part of this organization,” Senator Brady said.

“Senator Thompson’s consistently conservative record and his willingness to take on America’s most pressing challenges uniquely prepares him to not only lead our party, but also win a general election, ensuring that our nation’s military will remain strong, our families safe, and our taxes low.”

“I’m honored to serve as Vice Chairman of Fred Thompson’s Illinois operation. Fred Thompson has the clear vision and common sense conservative principles that we need in Washington to address the modern challenges facing our nation,” said Congressman Manzullo.

“These two leaders bring a wealth of experience to our Illinois organization,” said National Political Director Randy Enwright.

“Senator Brady and Congressman Manzullo and their combined experience in the state will help us lead a strong campaign in the state of Illinois.”

Senator Brady has served in the Illinois Senate since 2002 and previously served in the state House of Representatives from 1993 to 2001. He was a candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2006 and has continued to travel throughout Illinois to help build a stronger state Republican Party. He has been a leader in urging stronger state ethics laws, promoting a stronger business climate in Illinois and in defeating massive tax increases proposed by the current Democratic administration.

Congressman Manzullo was first elected in 1992 to serve the people of the 16th Congressional District of Illinois, which includes the counties of Winnebago, Boone, Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Carroll, the majority of McHenry County and parts of DeKalb and Whiteside counties.

In the 110th Congress, he sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he is the top Republican on the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment and a member of the Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. He continues to serve on the Financial Services Committee, where he sits on the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises and the Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade and Technology.

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