September 9th, 2009
05:19 PM ET
5 years ago

Democrats thump Pawlenty for Virginia appearance

Pawlenty stumped for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell on Wednesday.
Pawlenty stumped for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Moderates? To hear the Democratic National Committee tell it, Tim Pawlenty is a conservative wolf in sheep's clothing, and Bob McDonnell is his right-wing muse.

Democratic party state chairs from Virginia and Minnesota used a DNC-organized conference call Wednesday to slam both Republicans, attacking the Minnesota governor for campaigning with McDonnell, Virginia's "extremist" Republican gubernatorial candidate.

Donna Cassutt, chairwoman of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, accused Pawlenty of abandoning his "middle-of-the-road" credentials by campaigning with McDonnell, who has been fending off attacks from opponent Creigh Deeds over a 1989 master's thesis that criticized working women and gays.

She described McDonnell's thesis "truly offensive and shocking" to women and questioned Pawlenty's principles, accusing him of veering to the right in advance of a 2012 presidential bid. Pawlenty has been traveling the country meeting with Republican groups and campaigning for GOP candidates, including New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie.

"He's been sounding practically Bachmann-esque," Cassut said of Pawlenty, referring to conservative Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

The chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia, Richard Cranwell, said that any politician coming to campaign for McDonnell should be prepared to answer questions about the thesis.

DNC national press secretary Hari Sevugan said Pawlenty has "completely embraced" McDonnell, a man "who holds views that are utterly antiquated now for this century but for last century."

McDonnell campaign spokesman Tucker Martin brushed off the Democratic criticism.

"It's kind of sad that the DNC put more time into today's call then Creigh Deeds has put into formulating any semblance of a transportation plan," Martin said.

An adviser to Pawlenty said that the governor is in Virginia Wednesday "because he knows that Bob McDonnell will promote pro-growth policies that Virginia and America needs."


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. victim of republican greed

    Pawlenty=Bachman

    September 9, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. victim of republican greed

    Pawlenty sold his soul to promote his presidential bid in 2012.

    September 9, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. Bluebonnet

    I have to laugh at all the liberal Democrat bloggers that are constantly demeaning the Republican party because, among other things, they "attack" others. After reading this article through tears of laughter, I find that I just cannot, once again, find where the Democrats think that they just must the correct in everything they do or say and couldn't be further from the absolute truth! What a gigantic bunch of eternal losers!

    September 9, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Ancient Texan

    Gov.Pawlenty, don't you know that free speech and association is just a Democrat thing? If you are in disagreement with the Lefties, You cannot comment.

    September 9, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. TangledThorns

    Deeds only has their lies and hate to promote. That is why I'm voting for McDonnell, we need positive change in Virginia.

    September 9, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. Dee Dee Lynn

    I don't think his thesis "criticized" working women and gays. I think it suggested that gay people were evil and that working women were responsible for all of the ills in the world (or something like that). In fact, if McDonnell were a Muslim, he'd be part of the Taliban.

    I love conservatives. They believe that staying in school and getting an education is anti-American.

    They think that discrimination and subjugation are completely American.

    I wish they would all move to Somalia. Its conservative paradise. only men have rights, all laws are derived from Medieval religious practices, there's no government to oppress them, no public schools to "brainwash" their children, no taxes to pay, no public health care option, and they can have all the guns they want.

    September 9, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. MN Campaign Finance Board

    Tim Pawlenty paid the highest fine in Minnesota history for illegal campaign activities. Pawlenty isn't just a conservative wolf in sheep's clothing–he's also a crooked one!

    September 9, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. Jay T.

    Who? The Republicans are struggling to find a voice. They should jstop beating around the bush an dust run Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck. Or, maybe, Cheney/ Satan 2012.

    September 9, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. Jake

    please stay in Minnesota. the the rest of us needs you as much as we needed Palin!

    September 9, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    Pawlenty DOES NOT know what Virginia needs!!! If he feels that Virginia needs ronald MdDonnell then like I said – he does not know what we need.

    Virginia will fine without Pawlenty's RANTs
    DEMOCRATs rule – not REPUBLI-CAN'Ts
    McDonnell will lose before he begins
    Because this state is staying BLUE as part of the TREND!!!
    LOL

    DEMOCRATS RULE!!!

    September 9, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. vote him out

    Another Bible thumper.

    September 9, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. JonDie

    Tim Pawlenty is the male version of Sarah Palin. I.e., he's NOTHING.

    September 9, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I swear this looks like something out of Deliverance!!!!!

    September 9, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. Idiot_Pelosi

    Obummer is a liberal radical in centralist clothing, so who cares.

    September 9, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  15. Steve (the real one)

    Big deal! The liberals would thump anybody who wasn't a liberal.

    September 9, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    Reminds me - has Michelle Bachmann slit her wrists yet? I'll help if she wants to do both at the same time.

    September 9, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  17. W Spivey

    Pawlenty is an idiot.

    September 9, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. Petena

    Pawlenty=Bachman Yes please. PLEASE. SERIOUSLY PLEASE. (we need a guarantee of 8 years for Obama)

    September 9, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |