Senate Post Won Thompson Sons Top Lobby Job$
Access to dad kickstarts kids' careers
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2007 5:22 AM CDT
A supporter of prospective Republican presidential candidate former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, of Tennessee, holds a campaign sign at a South Carolina Republican Party fundraiser, Wednesday, June 27, 2007,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Fred Thompson's two sons won lucrative jobs as lobbyists after their father became a Senator, despite having next to no qualifications for the work, the New York Times reports. The information could prove embarrassing to the Thompson campaign as the GOP presidential candidate strives to present himself as a reformer challenging Washington politics-as-usual.

Though it's not uncommon for politicians' relatives to profit from political access, the Thompson boys stand out for their lack of  job experience. Fred Jr., known as Tony, was a landscaper who'd recently earned a law degree; his brother Daniel was a salesman. "A lot of people were seeking access," said the politician who steered Tony to his job.