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GOP Adviser Steps Back From Pawlenty Campaign Role

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Republican businessman whose support was trumpeted by presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty two months ago is stepping away from a policy position within the campaign.

Indiana executive Al Hubbard won’t be chairman of Pawlenty’s national policy efforts as previously announced. Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant said Wednesday that Hubbard “became busy with work and isn’t operating in that role.”

Hubbard was seen as a big get for Pawlenty in June because he led a White House economic panel during President George W. Bush’s administration and has close ties to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Hubbard also had a top job in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. He runs an Indianapolis-based acquisition company.

Conant says Pawlenty, a former Minnesota governor, is grateful that Hubbard gave him the maximum campaign contribution.

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