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Minnesota GOP chair wants Pawlenty to consider run for U.S. Senate

DES MOINES, Iowa — The chairman of the Republican Party in Minnesota wants Tim Pawlenty, who dropped out the Republican race for president on Sunday, to consider running for the U.S. Senate in 2012. (RELATED: Pawlenty exits presidential race)

Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Tony Sutton first broached the idea of recruiting Pawlenty to challenge Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar during an interview Sunday with the state’s WCCO-TV.

In a subsequent phone interview with The Daily Caller, Sutton said he plans to reach out to Pawlenty about a possible bid “after things cool off, maybe later in the week.”

“I think he’d make a heck of a candidate,” Sutton said.

“I’m sure right now, he’s probably not thinking about these kind of things,” the chairman said. “But you know a week or two, or a month from now, you know, the world could look a lot different. Hopefully, he’ll at least consider it.”

A spokesman for Pawlenty could not immediately be reached for comment.

  • Big E

    We can send him packing like we did Coleman

  • http://twitter.com/Kevinbsnyder Kevin B Snyder

    Tpaw would be a good candidate but who knows what direction he wants to go now. The LAST thing he should do though is think “oh my this senator is unbeatable so I won’t run against her” That’s just stupid. All kinds of things can happen in 15 months and the national tide WILL matter even in  Minnesota  

  • thebigquad

    RUN, T-PAW, RUN!  Chip Craavack showed Jim Oberstar the retirement home early in a total upset!  You can do it, too!  Minnesota is a blue state but WE ARE FED UP!  Minnesota conservatives are awake and MAD AS HELL!

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  • http://twitter.com/eej003 EJ

    This would be the worst possible move for Pawlenty. I’m one of his biggest fans, but he has to realize that Amy Klobuchar has the highest home state approval rating of any Senator, with 70% of Minnesotans approving of her performance. He cannot beat her in an election, the only reason he was elected governor twice is the healthy third party system in the Gubernatorial races which siphoned votes off his Democratic opponents each time. The history of U.S. Senate elections in Minnesota have been dominated by the two-party system much more than the Governors’ race. Although I will support him, he will be lucky to get 40% of the vote if he decides to run against Klobuchar. His best option will be to wait it out until 2014 and go after Franken, but I’m not sure he will have fund raising capabilities then because he will be four years removed from holding an elected office.  As a fan of Pawlenty, I am hoping that he makes the right decision and decides not to run in 2012.

    I really feel bad for the guy, he was one of the most promising young Republicans 8 years ago, but he is pretty much doomed because Minnesota has been a liberal haven for 80+ years. The only reason Bachmann has been able to survive for so long is because her Congressional District is perfectly drawn around the St. Cloud area of the state, which contains the only counties where the numbered of registered Republicans comes close to matching the number of registered Democrats.  Depending on how redistricting goes, it appears likely that her district is going to move further north, thereby essentially ending her political career in Minnesota if she doesn’t succeed in her Presidential bid.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donald-Paluga/100000945052669 Donald Paluga

      I agree, correct his mistake of allowing Stuart Smalley of robbing Norm Coleman of his Senate seat

  • notalone

    This is truly a great idea and what a big plus that would be for the senate.  I have so much respect for him and his wife and so very sad to see that the campaign did not go well but at least it ended early on and yes sounds like this is an excellent opportunity for him.  Wish him well.

  • notalone

    This is truly a great idea and what a big plus that would be for the senate.  I have so much respect for him and his wife and so very sad to see that the campaign did not go well but at least it ended early on and yes sounds like this is an excellent opportunity for him.  Wish him well.

  • Anonymous

    This is a great idea. I was hoping Pawlenty would drop out and run for Senate. He is a good man, but was doing damage to his image and was hurting the other candidates. Re-focusing himself and his campaign and doing a senate run would be a great move.
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  • Hmastercylinder

    Excellent idea.
    The other night, at the debate, I was contemplating all the candidates, and I thought what a wonderful cabinet they would make. All good, solid, people, each with an area of expertise far in excess of the retards currently holding those offices. Rick Santorum ain’;t  ever gonna be President, but he might be an excellent Commerce Secretary (until we abolish it, of course), and If I could get Herman Cain to be Treasuruer, I would snap him up in a trice. Even Ron Paul, given a limited mandate, could be a terrific asset.

  • Hmastercylinder

    Excellent idea.
    The other night, at the debate, I was contemplating all the candidates, and I thought what a wonderful cabinet they would make. All good, solid, people, each with an area of expertise far in excess of the retards currently holding those offices. Rick Santorum ain’;t  ever gonna be President, but he might be an excellent Commerce Secretary (until we abolish it, of course), and If I could get Herman Cain to be Treasuruer, I would snap him up in a trice. Even Ron Paul, given a limited mandate, could be a terrific asset.

    • Phil Sukalewski

      Ron Paul for Sec’y of Department Elimination