July 27th, 2009
12:08 PM ET
5 years ago

Pawlenty elected RGA vice chair

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been elected the vice chair of the Republican Governors Association.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been elected the vice chair of the Republican Governors Association.

(CNN) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been elected as the vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association, the organization announced Monday.

"His firsthand knowledge of how to win in a so-called purple state will be a major asset to the RGA," Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, the RGA's chairman, said in the statement.

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford stepped down from his post as the RGA's chairman in the wake of admitting to an extramarital affair. When Sanford's resigned from his RGA leadership post, Barbour ascended from vice chair to chairman, leaving the group's no. 2 spot open until Pawlenty's election.


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  1. Patrick - Indianapolis

    Pawlenty. The last republican standing.

    July 27, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Sandra Day

    An honest opinion about TPaw from a Minnesota Democrat: He is NOT bipartisan, he can be mean (he has chosen not to raise taxes over providing healthcare for children, in essence), BUT he can definitely take the heat and pressure. Not only would he not care what David Letterman had to say, but he would readily join in. Nor, is TPaw known to be particularly articulate; however, he can communicate strongly and clearly in lay terms. This is how he is now. I’m not sure who or what his handlers will try to promote him, if the GOP takes a real liking to him for a 2012 run.

    July 27, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Ken

    Let's see.....just who did this electing? A bunch of self-absorbed white men, scared of the strange president in office who is making government work for America, something they only talked about, but had no intention of ever letting happen under their watch. And just how did this vote come about?....in the midst of one of the largest cases of [R] ideologic hypocrisy....the downfall of the christian, family values hero Sanford. PUH-LEASE.

    The level of hypocrisy and delusion it takes to be a true-believing [R] these days is just stunning.

    July 27, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. donttreadonme

    Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance. 50 disapprove.

    Nice guy just inexperienced.

    July 27, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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