Pawlenty loses New Hampshire supporter to Romney

An early New Hampshire supporter of Tim Pawlenty’s presidential bid has switched camps and gone to Mitt Romney, saying the Pawlenty campaign is too low-key in the state.

State Rep. Shaun Doherty, R-Pelham, was one of the eight original members of the Pawlenty steering committee in New Hampshire. He told the New Hampshire Union Leader that he’s frustrated:

“I have an enormous amount of respect and admiration for Tim Pawlenty,” said the 23-year-old second-term lawmaker, who four years ago was the state youth chairman for John McCain’s New Hampshire campaign.

“The campaign hasn’t really developed into what I thought it would develop into,” Doherty said. “They’re doing a lot of really good things but it doesn’t seem to be working. And [they’re] not quite capitalizing on the momentum that they had with their launch.

“They haven’t capitalized on their opportunities. It just hasn’t developed.”

So Doherty has now decided to back former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the story said.

Pawlenty has not been to New Hampshire since the June 13 presidential debate, spending almost all of his time in first-caucus state Iowa leading up to the Aug. 13 Ames, Iowa, GOP presidential straw poll.

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