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DNC coordinates with Former White House staffer on response to Pawlenty

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      Mike Riggs

      Mike Riggs is a staff writer at The Daily Caller. He has written and reported for Reason magazine and reason.com, GQ, the Awl, Decibel, Culture 11, the Philadelphia Bulletin, and the Washington City Paper, where he served as an arts and entertainment editor.

A rapid response from the DNC attacking an op-ed by Tim Pawlenty published by The Daily Caller this morning may have been a little too rapid: The press release that the DNC sent to reporters appears to feature an email exchange between the DNC’s Devan Barber and Obama’s incoming 2012 campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt who currently works for Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel.

“id [sic] lead on the pawlenty hit w/ leaving MN with a record deficit before the defensive stuff,” reads LaBolt’s email, which he sent from his personal Gmail account. “[A]lso think there’s a typo in the headline for the first section of bullets.”

LaBolt cc’d his email to Elizabeth Jarvis-Shean, a former White House researcher who’s now research director for Obama 2012, and DNC staffers Brad Woodhouse, Hari Sevugan, and Nick Hackworth.

LaBolt left his role as a deputy communications director at the White House in early April to head up the communications team for Obama’s reelection effort.

UPDATE — Pawlenty’s team responds: “The Obama campaign is telling the DNC to bury the President’s record — which is understandable, especially considering how poorly it stacks up to Governor Pawlenty’s record of cutting taxes and spending,” Alex Conant, Pawlenty’s communications director, wrote in a release. “If the President’s team was more focused on the economy and less focused on politics, then maybe they wouldn’t be so worried about Governor Pawlenty’s strong record and agenda. The Obama re-election campaign and DNC’s coordinated attack on Governor Pawlenty is more evidence that Republicans should not wait to start the campaign.”

The email:

  • Taters N Beans

    The lack of commentary speaks volumes about the lack of excitement for this guy. Sad part is he’s the only Rep. (that’s in now) that even seems like he might have any chance.

    • RosiesSeeingRed

      There’s “lack of excitement” for some of the people throwing their hats in the ring because we don’t know much about them yet. They’ve barely begun to get themselves known nationally, but I’m open-minded about all of them. I’ll be watching the debate tonight so I can start getting a better idea of who these potential candidates are.