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August 3rd, 2010

Pawlenty Barnstorms Iowa in Support of Republican Legislative Candidates

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty spent last weekend traveling the state and lending a hand to Republican candidates across the state. Pawlenty’s jam-packed itinerary included events in Dubuque, Waverly, Cedar Rapids, West Liberty, and Davenport.

The focus of Pawlenty’s three-day get-a-way to Iowa was to help elect Republicans to the state legislature. Three of the five fundraising events that he headlined were for House Minority Leader Kraig Paulsen, Jeff Kaufmann, and Steve Lukan, who also serve on the leadership team in the House.

Pawlenty also headlined an event for Bill Dix, a former state representative who is now running for the State Senate in the Waverly area. His final event was a Monday morning breakfast for the Scott County Republican Party. While Pawlenty was in Iowa to help Republican candidates running for office in 2010, the news media, which included a reporter from the New York Times, focused on his potential 2012 presidential campaign.

With his Midwest roots and an upbringing that mirrors that of a lot of Iowans, Pawlenty is a natural fit when campaigning in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. His approachable demeanor and down-to-earth style serve him well and may be his greatest asset if he moves forward with a caucus campaign.

Ed Failor Jr., President of Iowans for Tax Relief, traveled with Pawlenty during part of his trip to Iowa. Failor told, “Governor Pawlenty is the real deal. He wants to repeal Obamacare – not just tinker with it. He’s pro-life, supports traditional marriage, and knows that Washington has got to get spending under control. He doesn’t just talk about reining in spending, he’s actually done it in Minnesota.”

Joining Governor Pawlenty as he traveled the state was his wife, Mary. In the four times that he has visited the state, his wife has always been by her husband’s side. Failor said that, after spending a significant amount of time with them, its apparent that they really enjoy each other. He also said the Mrs. Pawlenty refers to her husband as “dude.”

Pawlenty will be back in Iowa next week as he plans to visit the State Fair. He will also headline fundraisers for State Representative Erik Helland and 3rd District Congressional Candidate Brad Zaun.

The following is web video produced by Pawlenty’s Freedom First Pac.

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About the Author

Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country.

Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses.

A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states.

Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site,

Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing.

Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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