Thompson Senate Campaign Manager Takes over Likely Prez Bid

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Fred Thompson has tapped the man who engineered his 1994 Senate win to take over his likely presidential campaign.

Bill Lacy is taking over day-to-day operations of the former Tennessee senator's committee to ``test the waters'' of a presidential bid.

He's a former strategist for Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and the Republican National Committee.

Lacy is taking a leave of absence from his current post as the director of the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas.

Over the past few weeks, the all-but-declared candidate has sidelined his campaign-manager-in-waiting and watched a few other aides follow him out the door.

But Lacy says he's in it for the long haul. Thompson is expected to officially enter the race Labor Day week.

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