03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Fred Thompson's New Top Advisors: Elizabeth Cheney, George Allen

Where does a candidate go to find "wise counsel and invaluable experience" for his campaign? Fred Thompson has turned to his mentor, to the vice-president's daughter, and to a former Virginia senator whose defeat last fall contributed to the Democratic takeover of the Senate.

On Monday, Mr. Thompson appointed Howard Baker, who is regarded as Tennessee's political dean; Elizabeth Cheney, the vice president's daughter who has worked for the State Department on Middle Eastern policy; and George Allen, the former senator from Virginia, to his "National Campaign Leadership Team."

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