From NBC's Chuck Todd
One of the candidates to be President Obama's Commerce Secretary, retiring Symantec CEO John Thompson, appears to be the leading candidate now.
He's been dispatched for meetings with key members of the Senate for, shall we say, pre-screening.
-- Former President Bush appointed him to the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee (NIAC), to make recommendations regarding the security of the critical infrastructure of the United States.
-- Before Symantec, he was with IBM.
-- An FEC database search indicates Thompson has been a reliable Democratic donor to just about every major candidate in the last 10 years, with a couple of Republicans mixed in who have had some jurisdiction over issues related to Symantec.