Well, as official as hosting a fundraiser for him makes it.
Terry joins 18 other Members of Congress to support Thompson, according to The Hill. (Giuliani has 17, Romney 27, McCain 27 – though those numbers may be off.) Word is that most fundraisers are waiting for Thompson’s official announcement before formally endorsing him.
No word from Terry’s office on this move, but he did comment at length on the subject back in an April 2007 OWH article (Fred Thompson gets the ear of three Nebraskans in DC – OWH- 4/18/07):
Rep. Lee Terry of Omaha said he was impressed with Thompson’s desire to return the GOP to its roots – pushing for limited government and fiscal responsibility.
“I think I need to start finding a candidate to back,” Terry said. “I have some level of enthusiasm about Fred Thompson, so if he came out tomorrow, I could see myself getting onboard with him.”
“Some of the vibes that I’m (getting) are that Chuck is not going to run for President.”
a) has some inside info that Chuck won’t be running for Prez;
b) has decided he likes Thompson better or;
c) has just tired of waiting on Chuck and figures he better get on another bandwagon.
Also remember when John McCain was prowling around Nebraska back in the 2006 GOP Governor Primary, when he endorsed Tom Osborne over Dave Heineman? Jon Bruning was asked about that during his original announcement (as reported on Leavenworth Street):
Bruning noted that he has had calls from the John McCain campaign about endorsing McCain, but told him that he would not endorse anyone until Hagel makes his decision since “he is a Hagel guy.” He said he believes that after Romney, Giuliani and McCain “beat the crap out of each other,” Presidential voters will want someone like Chuck Hagel. He stated that if Hagel gets into the Presidential race, he thinks Hagel will win.