Weber goes from Pawlenty to Romney
August 24th, 2011
08:13 AM ET
11 years ago

Weber goes from Pawlenty to Romney

(CNN) - Former Rep. Vin Weber of Minnesota joined Team Romney Wednesday, throwing his support behind the former Massachusetts Gov. after backing Tim Pawlenty in his failed bid for the White House.

Weber, a Washington, D.C. lobbyist, will serve as a special adviser on policy, providing counsel on foreign and economic issues, according to a statement from Romney's campaign.

"Vin will be a trusted adviser and I look forward to working with him to help get our country moving in the right direction again," Romney said in the statement.

Weber served five terms in the House before holding top positions in former President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign and Romney's 2008 campaign.

Most recently, he served as co-chairman of Pawlenty's campaign, before he dropped out of the race earlier this month.

"It is an honor to again work with Mitt Romney," Weber said in a statement. "At such a critical time in our nation's history, it is important we have someone with his background to lead the country."

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Big Al

    All I can say is: OPPORTUNIST.

    August 24, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  2. ObamaCareS

    Will his support be enough for this "political terrorist" and hostage take to prevail in a senseless and vile party of haters?

    August 24, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  3. realitybites

    All I saw was "Weber, a Washington, D.C. lobbyist, " and "Weber served five terms in the House before holding top positions in former President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign "

    If you're thinking about voting for Romney please keep these two things in mind. The same scum runs around in the same circles. Bush senior was on Nixon' staff, we still have fine memories of him right? Cheney was also involved in the same crowd. Republican. Bought and paid for. Nothing new here folks. Just another idealogue cut from the same cloth, although he at least doesn't give me the same creeps that Bachmann, Palin, and Perry do.

    August 24, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. bb

    Romney looks chronically ill – Still no excuse for him ignoring questions from the people and not laying out any plans or agendas, given what is at stake in our country. What you going to do about jobs, Romney?

    August 24, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. Elaine

    Regardless of who he hires, Mitt Romney seems to embody corporate America, and is best known as the guy who took over companies, and threw a lot of people out of work.At a time that the unemployment rate is 9.1%, that ain't gonna sell.

    August 24, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  6. The Elephant in The Room

    Realitybites, I saw, "lobbyist", "foreign & economic counsel", and "Romney has the bcackground we need".

    Put those together and one thing bubbles up: MORE INTERNATIONAL OUTSOURCING to benefit the pre-tax AND after-tax PROFITS of corporations.

    As an aside, when liberals say Congress hasn`t created a jobs bill, they mean government spending applied to necessary and value-added publics works – building the infrastructure that current and future generations need and will benefit from. Consevatives mean something that lowers the after tax profits of corporations. The Liberal approach works because, in tough times, the government can borrow, and spend smartly while the consumer is still shell-shocked, thereby boosting aggregate incomes and boosting consumer confidence while serving the public need. The conservative way doesn`t work because people don`t hire because they have higher profits. They hire to EARN HIGHER PROFIT from unmet DEMAND.

    August 24, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. Seattle Sue

    Vin sure knows how to pick them. First Pawlenty and now another loser. Of course he is a very wealthy loser.but not a very smart loser. He is tearing a 12 million dollar mamsion down and building a 10,000 square foot mansion. He did not have enough fore sight to known that he needed a bigger mansion.

    August 24, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    Same Vin Weber who "retired" from Minnesota politics after his own private banking shenanigans were revealed back during the Republican check laundering scandal of the early 1990s? Hate to say it, but looks like Mitt's got no problem bringing back in the "old guard" of power and corruption. What a shame, Romney. Seriously.

    August 24, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    See how devious Republicans are. Did Romney plant a mole in the Pawlenty camp to spy on him, or even possibly derail the campaign? If you think it is a reach, why did you think twice when I asked about it? After the stuff Nixon (and every Republican POTUS since) pulled, I would not put anything past Republicans.

    August 24, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  10. Independent Texan

    Now this is newsworthy-- WOW ! A former Congressman (and crooked banker) turned lobbyist and ex Pawlenty supporter NOW supports Romney!!!!!!!. --- These guys are like leeches

    August 24, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Kyle

    @bb: Pay attention to what's going on around you. He's laying out his jobs plan and agenda in Nevada very soon. It was announced just last week. It doesn't do much good to ask these questions if you aren't going to pay attention to the answers.

    August 24, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans are good at playing musical chairs. He will soon be leaving the Mittens camp, so he can join up with the Texas candidate who thinks social security is unconstitutional. Since Eisenhower, republicans have been wrong on everything.

    August 24, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. realitybites

    Would Vin be short for vintage? Been around for awhile.

    Looks another Washington insider w/ his hand in the Romney PAC cookie jar. By the way, can anyone here find out what kind of lobbist he is, since CNN couldn't go as far as explaining that? 1st rule of writing a report, write to the reader so they know what you are referring to. Incomplete info will get you points deducted from your final grade. Lowering your standards to Murdoch Rag journalism will not help you in the long run.

    August 24, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  14. jm

    Romney (the corporate raider and downsizer) was a job killer, not creator. ----His plan will be interesting since he has less experience in hiring than firing people.

    August 24, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Maybe lobbyist Vin liked Mittens telling voters that corporations are people too. Republicans now believe that BP, Bank of America, Koch industries and Enron have feelings.

    August 24, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota


    From Clark & Wienstock web page:

    Vin Weber is Managing Partner of Clark & Weinstock. He provides strategic advice to institutions with matters before the legislative and executive branches of the Federal government. Vin has successfully advised numerous clients on matters pertaining to mergers & acquisitions, crisis management, and strategic communications.

    The mergers & acquisitions advisor is of particular interest. Looks to be right up Mitt's alley of buy 'em, fire 'em, and ship 'em overseas.

    August 24, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. once upon a horse

    @ Kyle......

    I'm from Missouri so he's got to SHOW ME. With Mitt saying that corporations are people too, my bet is his job plan is going to include more tax breaks for people like himself and not really trying to fix our roads, bridges, schools and such that would put people back to work. We all see how much tax breaks for the wealthy has made jobs grow in our country. So far it has made the wealthy MORE wealthy.

    August 24, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. NVa Native

    Rats jumping from ship to ship – of fools.

    More lame stream media following the lame trickle down tea-baggers.

    August 24, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |

    More of the same people who would sell their mothers for a profit.

    August 24, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. Indy

    It's funny the unemployable millionaire wouldn't just hire a corporation for this job, they are people too. Romney has one of the worst records for job creation, and as we all know Governors have more responsibility and powers when it come to job creation then any President . Romney thinks he will do better then 47th in job creation in a position (POTUS) that has less power than any Governor has in creating employment. Can't wait to see how he flip flops around this issue with his jobs plan speech, and if his plan is to bash Obama in this speech we will know for sure he has no clear cut plan for action and accountability.

    August 24, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. SecedingfromTexas

    "Pay attention to what's going on around you. Hes laying out his jobs plan and agenda in Nevada very soon".
    Would this be before or after the President presents his jobs plan? He "announced" this after the President said
    he would speak when Congress returns from its verrrry long vacation.
    WE are paying attention, the proof is in the savvy comments written here.

    August 24, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |