When Gov. Tim Pawlenty holds a press conference, it’s really a press conference.
Two legislators — DFL Rep. Ryan Winkler of St. Louis Park and Republican Rep. Carole McFarlane of White Bear Lake — tried to get into the ornate Governor’s Reception Room for the governor’s 12:30 p.m. meeting with reporters today, but were turned away by two guards. One was a State Patrol officer, the other from Capitol Security.
The guards wanted to see my credentials, too, and I started to fish my MinnPost press pass out of my briefcase. Meanwhile a couple of reporters inside vouched for me, and the guards allowed me to enter.
Many members of the governor’s staff were in the room, too, along with more than 25 reporters and photographers.
Doug Grow got the short straw and has the MinnPost story on what the governor said about signing bills, vetoing bills and unallotting state funds to make up the budget deficit.