The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports this morning that Minnesota’s Governor Tim Pawlenty has drawn national notice for his success in forcing Minnesota’s legislature to balance the state’s budget without a tax increase. Paul Weyrich, for example, says: “[Pawlenty] blows me away….He could easily be on a future national ticket.”
Minnesota Democrats are doing their best to derail Pawlenty’s popularity by planting a series of news stories that try to tar the Governor by association with the telecom industry. Attorney General Mike Hatch is widely believed to be behind the anti-Pawlenty effort. So far, Minnesota Republican officials say they don’t think the attacks on Pawlenty have gained traction with voters.
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