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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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Christina

    That guy is obnoxious and conceited- whenever he comes on TV, I change the channel...

    July 27, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I hope Pawlenty doesn't think he has a chance of running for POTUS. He doesn't exuberate leadership. Plus, I'm still kind of pissed at him for letting that Senate recount fiasco drag out so long.

    July 27, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Carl from MI

    Nobody cares....

    July 27, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. Career Limiting

    Palin ... Jindal ... Ensign ... Huntsman ... and now Pawlenty.

    The GOP just keeps throwing names against the wall in an effort to find their next nomineee.

    No criteria, no qualifications ... just ready, fire ... aim

    July 27, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. chuck

    Tim Pawlenty has dirt all over his face.

    July 27, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Republican governors are complete hypocrites. They blast the Stimulus Bill, claiming to be 'fiscally conservative' by rejecting millions of dollars from it, and yet not ONE of them took less than 95% of the money for their state. They talk the talk but NEVER walk the walk!

    July 27, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Alicia

    With his recent comments, it will be the same ole, same ole.

    The Rethugs are putting the face they recognize on the party, Male, Pale and Stale. (WHITE MEN's CLUB)

    I guess the racist cop in Cambridge got some as the Rethugs say 'Some Splainin' to do.'

    July 27, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Shasta

    MN may be mixed in general politics, but when it comes to presidential elections, we are true blue. I have my doubts that even if Pawlenty ran for POTUS in 2012, he would win MN.

    July 27, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Hugo

    Look out Liberals, I see a party reforming to fill the void of a failed liberal experiment! It won't take too awful much after Obama is done, just someone with some good common sense....

    July 27, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Peter E

    Myth: California has the worst budget deficit amongst the states. Fact: California also has the largest economy of all the states, so its budget deficit as a percentage of its economy is actually quite moderate compared to the rest of the states. California's budget is also burdened by the fact it gets only 8 dollars of federal services for every 10 dollars of federal tax it send to Washington, unlike struggling Southern states who DESPITE being heavily subsidized by federal spending STILL have worse deficit gaps compared to their economies. There is indeed redistribution of wealth in this country... from the liberal state of California towards the 'conservative' strongholds and corrupt governors of the South.

    July 27, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. Michigan mom

    Hmm, not Sarah? Oh, wait, she's no longer a Governor.

    July 27, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. Tom St. Paul

    How Pawlenty won in a "purple" state? It was easy. The Dems had a lukewarm candidate, and there was a strong third party candidate that pulled lots of votes from the Dem. Even with his weak base, Pawlenty could win in this situation.

    July 27, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Sanford was a distraction. The GOP will use him as a scapegoat for years to come. But the GOP is not in political wasteland because of cheating governors. They're there because they have NO IDEAS! All they ever do is whine, and parrot talking points fed to them by Cheney, Limbaugh, or their corporate lobbyists. They tried to pass of a 16 page outline with NO NUMBERS as their 'alternate budget plan.' How can you have a budget plan with NO NUMBERS? Their 'alternate' health plan was a 3-page outline with NO cost estimates, and 80% of it was stolen verbatim from the Obama plan. Republicans need to start thinking instead of blaming and finding scapegoats. Sanford's infidelity isn't their problem. Lack of viable plans is.

    July 27, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Henry Miller

    Typical authoritarian neo-con: all for telling women what they can and can't do with their own bodies, all for government snooping on citizens with REAL ID. Not even, apparently, a particularly strong supporter of the Second Amendment. The only good thing you can say about this guy is he's at least a little anti-tax, but unless that's coupled with a small-government philosophy that's just irresponsible, and it's not clear he's for small government.

    Try again, GOP.

    July 27, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Randi

    I guess somebody has to step up – the pickings are getting pretty slims as more and more conservatives are being exposed as cheats and liars.

    July 27, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. yuri

    Now that's one heck of a fine man-Tim Pawlenty that we know. What wears us down is his wisdom-less whippin' of the stimulus package, which we wish never happened. His bi-partisanship will be whisked and sieved so well that his will to change course will be watched widely.

    July 27, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Greg

    Hmmm lets see how do win in a purple state. Strong Third party candidate who splits the votes

    July 27, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. single mom

    Considering the state of Minnesota politics lately, I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry.

    July 27, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. mr. D

    sounds good.

    another Republican with no ideas * only complaints *
    where was this guy during the Cheney/Bush adm. with his ideas.

    GOP = PARTY OF NO

    NO IDEAS * NO FUTURE

    July 27, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Will, Minneapolis

    Good. He can join the other losers.

    July 27, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Minnesota should not be considered a purple state, It is a blue state with a Republican governor. After all, was Massachusetts a purple state when Romney was governor? I don't think so!

    July 27, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Back to Simple Life

    Better him than Palin. WHEW !!! She's officially gone. At least most of the other Governors in this country have an IQ that speaks well for them, even if their views are sometimes not the same as mine or yours.

    Each state has it's own problems. Governors MUST consider their constituents or be replaced.

    Thank God in Heaven the DUMB one is gone.

    July 27, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. alvino

    I was surprised that the RGA passed over Gov. Perry of Texas as #2. His secessionist stance defines the hate and anti Americanism in the GOP.

    July 27, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Cerena in PSL

    Yawwnnn....who cares :(

    July 27, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Bob of Lompoc

    "So long Mr. Steele, it's been good to know ya."

    July 27, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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