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Pawlenty endorses Christine O’Donnell in Delaware Senate race

Gov. Tim Pawlenty has endorsed the surprise winning Republican candidate, Christine O’Donnell, in Delaware’s U.S.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty has endorsed the surprise winning Republican candidate, Christine O’Donnell, in Delaware’s U.S. Senate race.

Pawlenty’s action comes long after O’Donnell, the Tea Party favorite who pulled off a big upset in the primary, received the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

The decision to endorse O’Donnell, whose troubled financial background has received considerable media attention, should not come as a surprise, according to the governor’s Freedom First PAC spokesman Alex Conant. She is, after all, the Republican candidate, he noted.

The decision to endorse did give the Democratic National Committee a chance to take a free shot at Pawlenty.

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“The news of Pawlenty pandering to the radical right-wing by endorsing Christine O’Donnell is about as unsurprising as his dismal Presidential poll numbers,” said Hari Sevugan, the DNC’s press secretary. “Once again, Tim Pawlenty has abandoned the little appeal to moderates that he was supposed to have to follow Sarah Palin around like a jealous little brother who has to do everything she does.”

Pawlenty, who has been sprinkling campaign money to Republican candidates across the country through his PAC, has not donated money to O’Donnell. Mitt Romney, another of the party’s likely presidential candidates, has tossed $5,000 to the O’Donnell campaign.

O’Donnell, you recall, not only upset Rep. Mike Castle, who was believed to have the inside track to winning the Senate seat long held by Vice President Joe Biden,but also irked a number of Republicans, including Karl Rove, who has said her victory has cost the party a Senate seat because “of the nutty things” she has said.