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Perry-Romney Rivalry Heats Up: Former Pawlenty Staffers Join Perry’s Campaign
Even though former Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty is throwing in the towel, it doesn’t mean the former Governor of Minnesota’s will no longer play a role in the election process. Monday morning, shortly before the Republican debate began, Pawlenty appeared on Fox News to throw his support behind candidate Mitt Romney.
From the New York Times:
Mr. Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota who ended his quest for the Republican nomination last month, chose Mr. Romney over Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, whom he was close to from their years serving on the Republican Governors Association.
Many of Mr. Pawlenty’s contributors and supporters had been waiting for a signal from him in the escalating contest between Mr. Romney and Mr. Perry. And Mr. Pawlenty had been looking for help in retiring a campaign debt of at least $500,000.
In a statement announcing Mr. Pawlenty as a national co-chairman of his campaign, Mr. Romney said: “Tim will be a trusted adviser as I move forward with my campaign. Tim has always been an advocate for lower taxes, reduced spending and an environment where jobs can be created. It is an honor to have him serve as co-chair to my campaign for the presidency.”
Unfortunately, it would appear that those who helped make Pawlenty a household name don’t share his opinions. This morning, Rick Perry announced the addition of several new staff members to his campaign:
From The American Independent:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry today announced additional staff joining his campaign’s Iowa leadership team, including five former members of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty‘s 2012 presidential campaign.
Matt Whitaker, formerly Gov. Pawlenty’s Iowa chairman, will join the Iowa Perry campaign as statewide co-chairman, serving alongside current statewide chairman, Robert Haus.
“We have a strong Iowa team that will help me take my vision to get America working again all across the Hawkeye State,” said Perry. “I am proud to have these top-notch individuals leading our efforts in Iowa, helping carry my record and vision for job creation and fiscal conservatism to caucus voters.