Pawlenty backer jumps to Romney
July 26th, 2011
08:57 PM ET
11 years ago

Pawlenty backer jumps to Romney

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A member of Tim Pawlenty's New Hampshire steering committee has abandoned the campaign, complaining the former Minnesota governor hadn't done what's needed to win the first-in-the-nation primary.

Instead, New Hampshire state Rep. Shaun Doherty, R-Pelham, told CNN he plans to support former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign.

"The Pawlenty campaign didn't capitalize on the momentum from its launch, and it wasn't developing into the kind of campaign that I wanted it to," Doherty said. "I'm still a fan of his but I don't think his presidential campaign has made the right moves so far."

Doherty's change of heart was first reported by the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Pawlenty last visited New Hampshire on June 13 to participate in CNN's presidential debate. The conservative Midwesterner, who was widely criticized for failing to attack Romney in that debate and who has struggled to gain traction in recent polling, is investing heavily in the closely watched GOP straw poll in Ames, Iowa, in August.

Romney formally launched his campaign in New Hampshire, and has made winning the state a key strategy for his presidential hopes.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Jumped from one loser to another loser - temporary jobs suck, don't they?

    July 27, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Texas Doc

    Is that really a move up? They are both going to be smashed by the Obama jaugernaut.

    July 27, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. Kwesoe

    Hey Timmy, you don look so good man!

    July 27, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
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