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 TheIowaRepublican.com, “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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