Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Speaking of GOP presidential candidates...

Connecticut now has an official Draft Fred Thompson movement under way.

Neal Yates of New Hartford has been appointed to head up the effort of druming up public support for a Thompson candidacy, hopefully convincing the former Senator and current TV actor to throw his hat into the ring. (Thompson is the District Attorny on the NBC television series Law & Order).

Thompson has conceded in recent television interviews that he is considering it....but hasn't given any indication of when he might make a decision.

Yates, formerly of Mystic, is the founder of Yates Communications, a strategic writing and legacy marketing firm. Following college and a stint in the army, he began his writing career in 1969, with the Hartford Courant. After 10 years as The Courant’s Western Connecticut news bureau chief he served as state editor of the award-winning Litchfield County Times. In 1983 he joined CIGNA where he was a manager of editorial publications, group account executive for CIGNA Healthcare, and senior marketing consultant for CIGNA Real Estate Partners.Recruited by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital as its director of development, Yates served as vice president for community relations and fund development in the parent, two-hospital system. In 1990, after 22 years of hands-on experience in journalism, advertising, marketing, corporate communication and non-profit healthcare, he opened Yates Communication.


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