Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will discuss Tim Pawlenty’s record as governor of Minnesota Thursday on a conference call with Democrats from Massachusetts.
It won’t be a complimentary discussion. Rybak — one of the very early Barack Obama supporters before the 2008 election — has been outspoken about how state policies under Pawlenty hurt cities and led to property tax increases.
They’re holding the press event attacking Pawlenty on the day before the former governor appears at a Friday Tea Party event in Boston. It’s billed as a Tax Day Rally, even though Tax Day this year falls on Monday, April 18.
Last year, the Boston Tea Party event attracted about 10,000 people to hear former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. This year, they’re excited to have Pawlenty:
“We looked at where Minnesota was when [Pawlenty] came into office and where Minnesota was when he left,” Greater Boston Tea Party President Christen Varley said. “We looked at where we are in Massachusetts and where our governor is taking us and felt he was one of those voices we really need in Massachusetts.”
Rybak hopes to counter that message with reporters and politicians on tomorrow’s conference call.