Top Pawlenty adviser leaves campaign
August 3rd, 2011
05:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Top Pawlenty adviser leaves campaign

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - A top policy adviser to former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's has left the Republican's presidential campaign.

Al Hubbard, a former director of the National Economic Council under George W. Bush, had been the chairman of Pawlenty's "policy efforts" but is no longer with the campaign, a Republican source told CNN.

Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant confirmed the departure.

"Mr. Hubbard is a financial contributor, became busy with work and is not operating in the policy role, but we're grateful he gave us the maximum contribution," Conant said in an email.

Hubbard, a co-founder of an Indianapolis investment firm, is a political confidante to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and played an instrumental role in mapping out a potential Daniels presidential campaign earlier this year.

Daniels ultimately decided against a run, and Hubbard signed on with Pawlenty in June.

"Al Hubbard not only has clout with the vast network of Gov. Daniels' supporters, but also carries weight with policy makers and thought leaders nationally," Pawlenty said in a statement at the time. "His addition to our team adds even more momentum to my campaign that is focused on offering honest solutions to the challenges facing America."

Hubbard did not respond to calls or emails seeking comment.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. NVa Native

    Gingerich, Pawlenty, etc., are all loosing their "high dollar political advisors" – where do they go? Are they all working for Bawkamn or Mittens? And how many of these parasites are there that so many leave and no one knows where they go? Probably back under the rocks they climbed out from under.

    August 3, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    T-Paw campaign theme song: "Baby Come Back"?

    August 3, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Not enough chrisma to keep things running smoothly, eh, Timmy-boy? Quite the karma you got going for yourself, all things considered.

    August 3, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Rickster

    I wonder how long it will be before David "Fluffy" Plouffe will bail out on Barry? I mean the guy has a thankless task in trying to explain away Obama's endless stream of failures.

    August 3, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. vet in texas

    "turn out the lights the parties over" – Don Meridith version

    August 3, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. S. In California

    Of course he left. No one wants to follow Charlie Brown down the path of nowhere. Good grief CB – can't you see we don't want you?

    August 3, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. CitizenJP

    It was not worthwhile spending bandwidth on this guy. He not only has anything new to say but does not have the ability to communicate it clearly.

    August 3, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. bb

    Should have come out punching like we told you to. A bad run, Timmy....and now it's too late.

    August 3, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    ...another non-story about a non-candidate. Paws and the rest (except Mittens) would get slaughtered in the race against Obama. Old Mitt is still trying to figure out what he's talking about and will not get the nomination. Although he is the only one who could possibly give Obama trouble, the "cult" thing as well as RomneyCare and his pro-choice...no wait pro-life, no wait... positions will not win over the zealots.

    August 3, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. anomly

    @NVa Native – They're jumping ship to join Rick Perry's campaign.

    August 3, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. fayse

    Pawlenty never had a chance in the first place. He can't get away from the mess he left in Minnesota.

    August 3, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  12. Indie

    Sign another pledge card.

    August 3, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. thomas

    There lots of better qualified people out of work to fill his job !

    August 3, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I bget you a million to one Hubbard has joined a lobbyist firm.

    August 3, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  15. timz

    Only a loser like Slick Timmy would consider making one of the architects of the Bush Recession a "top advisor." Then again, Slick Timmy was paid for "consulting work" he never did back when he was running for governor, and probably will be again (he's probably being paid for "consulting" right now), so he doesn't really need a job.

    August 3, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  16. roscoe

    Like rats deserting a sinking whimp

    August 3, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. dennisl59

    The Hockey Ad sunk his campaign.

    August 3, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |