Pawlenty moving up in GOP governor’s group

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In American politics, one man’s career implosion is usually another’s stepping-stone to bigger things.

In this particular case, Gov. Tim Pawlenty happens to be the one moving on up in the wake of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s admission in late June of an extramarital affair.

Later today, Pawlenty will be named vice chair of the Republican Governors Association as the group’s current vice chair, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, steps into the top position, which Sanford had held, according to POLITICO.

Pawlenty, who is a two-term governor, announced earlier this year that he will not be seeking reelection, leaving the door open for a possible run for the presidency in 2012.

The promotion to vice chair will now give Pawlenty a more visible national leadership role heading into the upcoming gubernatorial elections.

Later this week, Pawlenty is also booked to give an important speech at the Republican National Committee’s summer meeting in San Diego.

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