A Missouri pin in the map and Minnesota fundraising for Pawlenty
January 6, 2010 — 2:37pm
Gov. Tim Pawlenty will continue his around the country tour of Republican organizations with a planned late February trip to St. Charles, Missouri. He'll speak at the Missouri Republican Party's Lincoln Days dinner on Feb. 26.
All the travel seems to be paying off, not in name recognition among the general public, (polls still find no one knows who he is) but in kind words from some GOP power that be. Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, who has said kind things about Pawlenty's 2012 presidential chances before, called the governor a fresh face who could fit the conservative mold the party needs today on National Public Radio.
But before all that he'll raise some cash for his political action committee -- the Freedom First PAC -- in Minnesota. On January 19, a the PAC will have a cocktail party at Minneapolis' Chambers Hotel with tickets going from $250 for hosts to $25 for students. The hosts include lots of young (and youngish) Republican names in Minnesota, including GOP staffers Michael Brodkorb and Mark Drake, operatives Ben Golnik, Matt Burns and Shanna Woodbury and blogger Luke Heller.
He'll also have a higher dollar reception at St. Paul's O'Gara's on January 21. Tickets for that are $250.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."