Pawlenty Nears New Title: Former Governor

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — After this week, Minnesota Republican Tim Pawlenty gets a new title: former governor.

Pawlenty is in the final stretch of his eight years as Minnesota’s top official. He hands over the duties on Jan. 3 to Democrat Mark Dayton.

The last few weeks have been quiet for Pawlenty and he expects minimal activity as his tenure winds down. He might fill some vacancies on state boards and, if needed, sign extradition papers.

Pawlenty is gearing up for a book tour that could precede a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. He says an announcement on the possible national bid could come by March.

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  • Proudmnguy

    T Paw,
    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!! Thanks for taking care of MN so well (??) and not just thinking about yourself(??). Now you don’t have to worry about MN you can go travel around and work to improve your image……..(like the last 8 years)
    MN is not better because of you.

  • Frank Vennes

    Who are you kidding? The MIA Pawlenty has earned that title for the past two years he’s been campaigning for president.

  • HappyGuy

    MN will be better because of him >leaving< ;-)

  • Patrick

    Good Bye T-Paw. Thanks for the huge budget deficit. Thanks for the sky rocketing property taxes. Thanks for the new “Fees”. Thanks for the useless Republican platitudes delivered constantly through your “bleep” eating grin. Thanks for taking our great state and making it a mediocre one. I look forward to seeing your Napoleonic ambitions end with a cold shot of reality in 2012. Good riddance to bad news. I hope you find the light and do something to atone for all this.

  • Mike

    I’m guessing you will all be saying the same thing 4 years from now when we change Governors again… If the job is so easy, why don’t you morons posting on here run for Governor if you know all of the answers?

    • Laughing in the 'burbs

      cuz we aren’t sleazy politians maybe Mike?
      Tim wasn’t all bad but when he started preaching his No New tax hypocrosy all the while stacking fees on everything …. well, call a spade a spade Tim and ‘fess you like all the rest.
      Then to basically say adios while you campaigning elsewhere and taking my MONEY for a job you not doing, well …………… don’t let the door knock you out Tim. Goodby and you should have resigned last year when you quit on us

  • Kenedy

    mark dayton=jess the body nomore

  • Tom

    tim pawlenty is the best governor in mn history. delta voted out union

    • Patrick

      Good one Tom. Good one! Ha Ha Ha Ha….Best governor in MN history. You are killing me with that.

      • Jacy

        Patrick, can’t you see that your responding to Tom. Tom Emmer that is.

  • Joe Hanson

    Good Luck Governor Pawlenty. Perhaps you can return after Mark Dayton has left his stain on the state and help right it.

    • dunnski57

      Like leaving a $6.2 billion shortfall isn’t a stain? It’s an oil slick of favors to big business and the rich. Get real.

  • Steve

    Pawlenty will be known as the no tax increase lying governor. Fee’s, Fee’s, Fee’s. Glad he is out now and an X/0 governor.
    As far as a run for President. That has got to be the biggest joke yet he has come up with. He couldn’t run a state. If enough people do fall for his BS and he is on a ticket, I an independent conservative will vote democratic.

  • B

    If pawlenty somehow gets president this country will be headed for its worst times he had problems running a state, he did noit do anything for minnesota over the last 8 years that all he did was campaiign and make his image better by helping republicans giving the rich tax breaks does that make any sense. Dayton cares about the middle class Pawlenty could care less.

  • richard

    Good Riddence….this guy is a “wanna-be” phoney. Worst Gov. I’ve witnessed in Mn.

  • Bob

    Just returned from spending time with friends/family in California and they all asked who is the Governor om MN? Pawlently has no name recogonition outside of the MN, IA, WI borders. I don’t see him in 2012. It takes big $$$ to run alone in a primary.
    And remember Pawlenty, as in this new electon, barely won his re-election by only 1 percent. this guy is a nobody.

  • Buck

    One day last month they cut him off on fox news. He was talking and sounding like an idiot.

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