One way to run for president with a thin record of accomplishment is to toss a little well-placed exaggeration into the mix. A piece
in Sunday's Los Angeles Times
catches some Fred Thompson campaign revisionism regarding his stint as a federal prosecutor in Tennessee early in his career.
According to the Times
, the Thompson campaign plays a video at events describing his three years in the job of Assistant U.S. Attorney as time spent "attacking crime and public corruption
." But the paper's review of all of Thompson's 88 criminal cases reveals that two indictments against county sheriffs involved in moonshining were the only public corruption cases he handled. One, brought against the sheriff of Stewart County resulted in a conviction; the other, involving the sheriff of Cannon County, ended with a mistrial and dismissed charges.
No word on whether our fearless crusader against public corruption wore a cape to court at the time.