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.