Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has kept a low, low, low profile in Minnesota since dropping out of the presidential race in August.
But Minnesotans will see and hear from their former leader this week.
Today his official portrait will be unveiled at a private/media event at the Capitol at 7 p.m., and Tuesday he will be a guest of MPR’s midday and on “Meet the Press” as a surrogate for Mitt Romney next Sunday. The portrait will be hung for public viewing on Tuesday as well.
Although the portrait artist has a photo posted on his web site of a Pawlenty portrait, that painting, which features a close up of the governor’s face, will not be the official portrait, Hot Dish is told.
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.