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Fred adds Galen

From NBC's Joel Seidman
Veteran Republican operative Rich Galen has signed on as a senior advisor to Fred Thompson, who is exploring a bid for the GOP presidential nomination. We are also hearing that Bob Stevenson, former Sen. Bill Frist's communications director has signed on as an advisor.

Galen, author of the popular political cyber column MULLINGS is well known in GOP circles for his savvy political communications skills. He often provides political analysis on CNN.

"Assuming he gets into the race," Galen said, "I think Fred Thompson may well be the best combination of insider-outsider experience and possess the kind of new ideas that don't exist in either party."

Thompson is expected to make a formal announcement after Labor Day.