Pawlenty backer jumps to Romney
July 26th, 2011
08:57 PM ET
9 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. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Ouch that has got to hurt Pawlenty. It is looking more grim for him by the day. Bachmann is higher than him in most polls, and I really wonder where his fire is. I know that he wants it, but how hard is he really working for it? He hasn't fully pounced on things like missing the chance to nail Romney in that first debate.

    July 26, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  2. cjk1953

    "The Pawlenty campaign didn't capitalize on the momentum ..."

    Momentum? What momentum?

    July 26, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. Nare

    Interesting how this "frontrunner" has had nothing to say about the debt ceiling crisis.

    July 26, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People

    Little Timmy was doomed when he showed what a big coward he was during the debate.

    July 26, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. A Real Patriot

    Just another example of how the word "loyalty" is not in the Republicans vocabulary.

    July 26, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  6. DeeCee2011

    Well, Gov Pawlenty, who is CHICKEN now! Hmmm! You will continue to turn out to be the disappointment you have always been!

    July 26, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  7. beevee

    who cares about these bufoons now when the country is such a turmoil. They are better off keeping a low profile for now.

    July 26, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. independent

    Has anyone noticed that there are a lot of Republican aides, strategists and advisers jumping from one candidate to another like fleas to a warm dog in winter? What is with these guys? No loyalty, no principles, if you look like you are not moving up, you are left.

    July 26, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  9. Dave A.

    I love watching the repliCONS fighting for last place! None of them should be the president of our once great country, brought down by Reagan and the Bush dynasty.

    July 26, 2011 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    TRENDING: Pawlenty backer jumps to Romney
    POOR-lenty you couldn’t get him to STICK like Hominy???
    That’s because Paw-Paw is to busy trying to be tough
    Not listening to what’s right and his backer had enough!!!

    I watched POORlenty this pass Sunday on Candy Crawley and all he did was RAG on President Obama. He campaigned the entire time and did not answer ONE question thoroughly. He’s a LOSER and no wonder supporters are quitting on him.

    July 26, 2011 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |


    Oh, he finally surfaced? No comment about the debt ceiling fiasco. No, thank you. I don't want this dude for POTUS. Bye!

    July 26, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  12. Terry

    Fair weather politics. I bet these guys have never sailed in a storm.

    July 27, 2011 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  13. Jane

    He will be jumping again because romney will not be the nominee

    July 27, 2011 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  14. Hawaiisb

    Big news! A supporter dumps his candidate because he won't win the Ames Straw Poll, and instead moves to another campaign that won't win the Ames Straw Poll.

    July 27, 2011 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  15. CBR

    GOP strategist are running from candidate to candidate. If it so easy to jump ship and then join another shows how little difference there is between the GOP candidates.

    July 27, 2011 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  16. DA

    Now that's smart, leaving one sorry team to work on another. LOL

    July 27, 2011 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  17. Whatever

    Look at em hop like bed bugs.

    July 27, 2011 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  18. Peter s

    Mitt you can't win the general carrying the Republican banner!! stop wasting your time

    July 27, 2011 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  19. Sing2me

    And another one bites the dust.

    July 27, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  20. Bubba

    Another sign of a Romney-Pawlenty ticket. Flip and Flop in 2012 will be their slogan. Laugh, but you heard it from me first.

    July 27, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |

    2 % Timmy's only way to the White House is as a visitor....

    July 27, 2011 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  22. aggravated

    does this make romney look worse as in "he'll do anything to win"? don't we have enough of that in DC already?

    July 27, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  23. Ray

    Good move. Romney has NH in the bag. He is porbably the best man to fix the economy and bring sense to Washington

    July 27, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  24. jt_flyer

    Now if we can just get all the GOP to jump ship... without a life preserver of course.

    July 27, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    Not surprising coming from a card carrying member of the party of *me first*. Doubtful Rep. Dohtery will get any more traction for his own political ambitions with Romney than he would have with Pawlenty, the *momentum* for GOPer candidates being what it is right now, and all. Good new is, Pawlenty isn't going much further up the campaign ladder himself. Pawlenty's always been a bottom rung kind of man, always will be.

    July 27, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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