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."
Pawlenty sold his soul to promote his presidential bid in 2012.
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!
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.
Deeds only has their lies and hate to promote. That is why I'm voting for McDonnell, we need positive change in Virginia.
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.
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!
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.
please stay in Minnesota. the the rest of us needs you as much as we needed Palin!
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!!!
Another Bible thumper.
Tim Pawlenty is the male version of Sarah Palin. I.e., he's NOTHING.
I swear this looks like something out of Deliverance!!!!!
Obummer is a liberal radical in centralist clothing, so who cares.
Big deal! The liberals would thump anybody who wasn't a liberal.
Reminds me - has Michelle Bachmann slit her wrists yet? I'll help if she wants to do both at the same time.
Pawlenty is an idiot.
Pawlenty=Bachman Yes please. PLEASE. SERIOUSLY PLEASE. (we need a guarantee of 8 years for Obama)