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Pawlenty expands his political team


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.

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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.