May 18 campaign "kick off" and fundraiser for Pawlenty
April 8, 2011 — 1:40pm
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty plans a May 18, $2,500-a-head, Minneapolis fundraiser to "kick off" his presidential run.
"We need to make this a very successful event in order to help fund the initial phase of the campaign and to show the nation that Governor Pawlenty has serious support in his home state," said an invitation to the event.
Minnesota Republicans with money have given Pawlenty support in the past. He held a glittery fundraiser in Minneapolis for his political action committee, which was peppered with contributions from Gopher State givers. Polls, however, haven't found a majority of Minnesotans support his national ambitions.
The event coincides with the closing days of the Minnesota legislative session. For the first time in 8 years, Pawlenty has no role in the intense negotiations that will go on under the dome.
And here are the"10 Reasons to Support Governor Tim Pawlenty" the invitation provided. Minnesotans could dispute several of the points but it's an interesting pitch document for those tracking his national run.
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."