[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/31/art.pawlenty.gi.jpg caption="Tim Pawlenty is expected to make seven endorsements Wednesday night."]Washington (CNN) - In a Facebook town hall Wednesday night, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is expected to announce that he will endorse seven Republicans candidates seeking office in 2010.
According to a Pawlenty adviser, the potential 2012 presidential candidate will back five congressional candidates and two Senate hopefuls.
"Washington is headed in the wrong direction," Pawlenty is expected to say. "We need to help good people running for office who understand that the federal government is overreaching and are willing to stand up and say, 'Enough!' These candidates share my common-sense approach to governing, and will work to stop the out-of-control spending in Washington."
The five House candidates are Tim Burns of Pennsylvania, Robert Dold of Illinois, Sean Duffy of Wisconsin, Charles Djou of Hawaii and Pat Meehan of Pennsylvania. Pawlenty will also endorse Senate candidates John Hoeven in North Dakota and Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania.
All seven of the candidates are challengers, a move that could help Pawlenty portray himself as an Washington outsider.
The Facebook Town Hall is part of an ongoing effort that Pawlenty is making to reach out to the online community. During the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington last month, Pawlenty hosted a happy hour with bloggers, and he has been active on a number of social networks including Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. On Facebook, Pawlenty has over 31,000 fans.