Pawlenty makes another hire
April 13th, 2011
09:51 AM ET
10 years ago

Pawlenty makes another hire

Washington (CNN) - Republican Tim Pawlenty is adding to his team of advisers and strategists.

The former Minnesota governor announced Wednesday that GOP strategist Jon Seaton will join Pawlenty's presidential exploratory committee as national political director, the second big hire in three days.

Seaton's a veteran of Sen. John McCain's 2008 campaign for president and he worked in the political wing of the Bush White House.

"Jon is one of the Republican Party's top political organizers," Pawlenty said in a statement. "Jon has the skills, energy and experience to organize the grassroots army that can't wait to defeat President Obama. With Jon's help, we're going to unite all parts of the conservative movement around an optimistic agenda to take back our country."

The news on Seaton follows word Monday of another major score, when Pawlenty announced that former Republican Governors Association Executive Director Nick Ayers was joining Pawlenty's team as campaign manager for the presidential exploratory committee.

Pawlenty formed the exploratory committee last month. Tuesday Pawlenty told CNN's Piers Morgan that "I'm focused on running for president," when asked a hypothetical question on whether he would serve as running mate to Donald Trump if Trump decides to run for the White House and happens to win the GOP presidential nomination.

Moments later Pawlenty told Morgan that "I've got an exploratory committee up and running and we'll have a final or full announcement in the coming weeks here, it won't be too much longer, but everything is headed in that direction."

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Terry

    Pawlenty, "Big News" Hires another Anti-Womens Rights" Specialist! OH, thats just incredible 'Fox News" Stuff!

    April 13, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. Blue Person Group

    Romney gets the nomination, and picks Pawlenty for veep to placate the goofy right. Obama still looks weak and indecisive, and his "blame it on Bush" act is too old to play anymore. Still, it will come down to the unemployment numbers in the middle of 2012.

    If the Republicans go with a religious conservative like Huckleberry Hound or Sarah Palin, Obama wins regardless of how bad the unemployment numbers are. Typically, though, the Republicans are smart enough to realize that they'd rather win the election than push an ideological fringe candidate. It's a lesson the Democrats still haven't learned.

    April 13, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. BeverlyNC

    This will be a big ZERO for his resume. I guess people will do anything for money.

    April 13, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Enough with the exploratory committees already. We know that is campaign speak for donor negotiations with corporate leaders and business owners. We know that it means you are setting up money pipelines, quid pro quo, thanks to Citizen's United.

    We also know that entrants into the GOP field is about 3 months late compared to the previous 30 years. We also know that you know that early birds in are usually the early birds out of the race.

    April 13, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. diridi

    At what capacity this idiot wants our votes...???? idiocy....loony idiot...

    April 13, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Texas Doc

    Who is this guy? He's running for President? Of the United States?

    April 13, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. Bewright

    Now that's a close encounter.

    April 13, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Augie

    As a Minnesotan, I saw first hand how Pawlenty steered our state's economy $6 billion into debt while using the last year of his term in office to build his presidential platform. I hope he does run for President so that I can have the pleasure of voting against him.

    April 13, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. jason

    a lot of stories of republicans "doing stuff." Makes me think the republicans' owners paid off the media to make the republicans look like hard workers. I don't think that will fool anyone – but then Americans are very naive, so it could.

    April 13, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. fayse

    note to Tim Pawlenty, Even the good people of the State of Minnesota do not want you for President.
    Please don't waste your time or ours. Thank you.

    April 13, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Little Timmy left Minnesota with a huge debt, and still the baggers are ignoring him. What more could he do as a republican that will satisfy the extreme right?

    April 13, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Bill

    Awfully ambitious for a guy barely pulling 3% in the polls. His record in Minnesota will haunt him. He was practically an absentee governor in the last two years of his term. A Pawlenty-Bachmann ticket? One can only hope.

    April 13, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. Debbie

    T-Paw the guy from a state that has a population about the size of some major cities in the United States. No real foreign policy experience, no substancial domestic policy experience, no real experience in budgeting or economics. Unless a Governor is from a major populated state they are not qualified because they lack any real experience.

    April 13, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Mikey

    Load up on those McCain guys. They ran such a wonderful campaign. I don't know how they are going to avoid the general feeling that Tim is "Pawlenty" boring. I suspect by half way through the campaign we will have seen more than Pawlenty of him. Seriously, he should do well in the primaries versus the collection of freak show candidates that appear to be running. He may be boring, but at least he appears sane.

    April 13, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |