WASHINGTON (CNN) – Tim Pawlenty has added another stop to his increasingly busy national itinerary.
The Minnesota governor will speak at a lunch to raise money for the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the group's fall meeting in Washington next month, GOP officials told CNN. The NRSC sent a letter to supporters Tuesday with a fundraising pitch from the governor, who recently formed a new political action committee called "Freedom First" and is considering a presidential run in 2012.
"America is successful in large part because we are the freest people the world has ever known," Pawlenty wrote in the e-mail. "These freedoms are now being threatened by the rapid expansion of our government led by liberal Democrats in Washington."
"I look forward to sharing the message of Freedom First with supporters from across America who are helping us rebuild our conservative ranks in 2010," he wrote.
Pawlenty's letter goes on to solicit a contributions for the NRSC, which is tasked with electing Republicans to the Senate. The fall meeting takes place on Nov. 16 and 17.
Mitt Romney, a possible rival for the 2012 GOP nomination, spoke at an NRSC dinner earlier this year.