[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/19/art.tpawcpac0219.gi.jpg caption="Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and his wife are meeting with conservative bloggers Friday night for happy hour."]
Washington (CNN) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and his wife are meeting with conservative bloggers Friday night for happy hour.
The meeting is sponsored by the Freedom First PAC, the governor's political action committee, a spokesman tells CNN.
Pawlenty, who spoke Friday morning before the Conservative Political Action Conference, is making an effort to meet with as many bloggers as possible. After his speech, the governor stopped by the blogging room and did interviews with several of the bloggers.
"While at CPAC the governor wants to meet as many leading conservatives," Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant said. "That includes a lot of leading voices online."
Pawlenty has made a concerted effort to connect to online media. His PAC has hired well known Internet consultants Pat Hynes and Liz Mair to help coordinate blogger outreach and other digital strategy. When the PAC launched, one of their first moves was to have a blogger conference call.
So, at a bar near this annual conservative conference, a couple dozen bloggers will meet with the governor and first lady. "This is a fun way to meet a lot of leading and young conservative voices," Conant said.