Thompson offers advice to would-be lawmakers

Former Sen. Fred Thompson's (R-Tenn.) memoir "Teaching the Pig to Dance" isn't long on juicy political or celebrity gossip, but there are a few exceptions.

The actor-turned-politician-turned-actor writes mostly about growing up in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., and his early years. His time in Hollywood and Washington barely get mentioned.

There are a few interesting tidbits, however:

-- Thompson and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) were born at the same hospital exactly one year apart.

-- He was recruited to run for the Tennessee state house by Hal Carter, the brother of actress Dixie Carter. Hal Carter was the Republican leader in the state Senate.

-- And his advice to would-be lawmakers:  "I often tell aspiring candidates, half in jest, that the most brilliant politicians are the ones whose daddy left them a fortune or who run for office in a year when their party is sweeping everything."  Thompson took his advice to heart. He was elected to the Senate in 1994, which proved to be a banner year for Republicans. 

To purchase the book, visit the website here. The release date is May 18.