Norm Coleman to advise Mitt Romney

Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman will serve as a “special adviser on policy” for presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the campaign announced today.

Coleman, who lost his bid for re-election in 2008 by the narrowest of margins, had been a Tim Pawlenty supporter before Pawlenty dropped out of the race.

Now the chairman of the American Action Network and a member of the board of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Coleman praised Romney’s ability to forge strong diplomatic relationships around the world, including in Israel.

“Throughout his life, Mitt Romney has displayed the leadership that will be needed to get our economy back on track and to preserve, and in some cases mend, our relationships with allies around the world,” Coleman said in a statement. “As a strong supporter of Israel, I am also confident that he is the best candidate to restore America’s relationship with Israel.”

Romney, meanwhile, said, “[Coleman’s] advice will be critical as I lay out my vision for improving our economy at home and strengthening our partnerships around the world.”

Coleman follows fellow Minnesotan Vin Weber in moving from Pawlenty to Romney. Weber, a former Congressman, is currently a top policy adviser for the Romney campaign.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 09/21/2011 - 01:01 pm.

    I’m overwhelmed by my own cynicism. All I can see in this is Norm Coleman trying to inflate his own political life boat.

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 09/21/2011 - 02:35 pm.

    I think that Perry’s nomination has just been assured.

  3. Submitted by will lynott on 09/21/2011 - 07:47 pm.

    Another Minnesota loser is supporting Romney? Oh my. Will MB become the trifecta?

    Nawwww. She’ll back another loser (if her miffedness allows her to)and thus become even more irrelevant.

  4. Submitted by Henry White on 09/22/2011 - 05:42 pm.

    Progressive serious-minded Americans need to jump from the narrow (ruling) interest’s bandwagons of Mitt Romney and Rick Perry to the people’s trusted and rail-worthy express train of Congressman Ron Paul and company if they expect to see their children and loved ones survive the inevitable hardships that await them on the other side!
    What we’re saying here is that someone needs to tell Mitt Romney and Rick Perry that increasing numbers of Americans are becoming sick and tired of supporting a government that is bought and paid for by powerful narrow interests. Indeed, while in uniform It was never our intention to fight and die for *deceitful ‘narrow-interests’ mercenaries in the Oval Office; or for crooked “tenure-in-office” driven legislators who are amenable to selling their soul to get reelected!!
    Henry White
    US Navy (Retired)

    PS: Long live Israel but not at the expense of corrupting this government and covering up its crimes. Really, if we are serious about providing a safe and secure environment for the Jewish state we should nominate, support and elect a Jew as president; someone like Judge Judy “don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining” Sheindlin. Judge Judy is truly a great American. She has an affection for truth, justice, loyalty and integrity unlike any public figure I have ever known; a legitimate heroine who will moderate the aggressive behavior and anxiety of Jews and invalidate cries of anti-Semitism!

    *Those campaigners who would say or do anything to win the support of narrow (ruling) interests. Remember the seditious (politically motivated) cover-up of the Israeli Assault on USS Liberty (AGTR-5), June 8, 1967 when some two hundred young uniformed Americans were abandoned, injured and/or killed. The most heinous crime ever perpetrated against the defenders of our freedoms in our nation’s history!

    You think not? Then insist Federal Judge A. Jay Cristol author of “The Liberty Incident, former United States Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota and/or any other Israeli apologists debate the issue with USS Liberty survivors and their friends on primetime network television while undergoing a polygraph examination administered by independent world-renowned polygraph examiners.

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