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Pawlenty press conference for the press only. And his staff.

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.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Rod Loper on 05/20/2009 - 03:58 pm.

    Sounds Bushie presidential to me. Wait for the brownshirts to appear to appeal to the troglidites on republican talk radio.

  2. Submitted by Nancy Gertner on 05/21/2009 - 03:09 pm.

    So why was my representative not allowed into the reception room?

    I thought I was told this was the People’s Reception Room when I was in the room on Election Day 2008, the December day the Electoral College formalized the election of President Barack Obama.

    The host was not the absent governor or his lieutenant, who sent her regrets that she was unable to commute in snowy weather from her suburban home to the Capitol, so Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was the official host for this event in the Reception Room.

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