WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is widely believed to be laying groundwork for a 2012 run for the presidency, is launching a website and a political action committee and has signed up some key political operatives.
The PAC’s name is Freedom First. But, POLITICO reports that the two-term governor is doing far more than just creating a PAC.
“Pawlenty, under the radar of D.C.’s political community has locked up some of the key operatives who engineered then-President George W. Bush’s reelection campaign — a significant feat for a little-known Midwestern politician,” POLITICO wrote.
Pawlenty’s growing team includes GOP consultants Terry Nelson, Sara Taylor and Phil Musser. He will also announce two co-chairman for Freedom First: William Strong, a Morgan Stanley vice chairman, and former Minnesota Rep. Vin Weber, according to POLITICO.
Despite these moves, Pawlenty, who serves as vice chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association, maintains that he has not made an official decision about 2012.