Word out of McLean and Nashville today is that Bill Lacy, a Tennessee political strategist who worked with Sen. Fred Thompson during his Senate campaigns, will be named campaign manager today. Randy Enwright will be the national political director, and former Sen. Spence Abraham will be the campaign's chairman.

Mr. Lacy has one major plus: he has been a Thompson confidante for many years. He managed Thompson's 94 campaign and is directs the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas.

An official announcement is expected momentarily.

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