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Todd Harris to charm media for Thompson

Atlantic Online is reporting that "Republican sources say that Todd Harris, a veteran Republican communicator who has worked for Jeb Bush, Arnold Scharzenegger and John McCain, sat down in McLean, VA today with Ex-Sen. Fred Thompson. More here.

Harris earned quite a reputation when he took charge of Bush's campaign in 2002. His own website quotes a 2002 story that describes him this way: "The man managing Gov. Jeb Bush's image in Florida and nationwide handles media coverage like a combat sport." The website does not include the rest of that sentence from the Harris profile which was "punishing journalists who write unflattering stories and rewarding those whose readers he wants to cultivate."

Harris was also famous for his "I don't give a s--- about Gannett News Service" comment, a moment that came back to haunt the campaign when the same reporter Harris yelled at later scored one of the biggest scoops of the 2002 campaign.

(Update--AP is now reporting that Harris has agreed to go to work for Thompson.)