Pawlenty won’t be Romney’s running mate; it’s Ryan
Highbrows may dismiss the suburbs as pleasantly drab, but the political schooling of closed stockyards in South St. Paul and leafy cul-de-sacs in Eagan have served one politician well.
And nearly produced a vice presidential candidate.
Speculation was rampant in the past few days that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would select former governor Tim Pawlenty as his running mate, but Romney tapped Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his choice.
For all of Pawlenty’s strengths, the national punditry long ago pinned the label of charisma-challenged on the former Eagan City Council member and state representative from the area, and even Pawlenty supporters do not grow lyrical in describing the strengths of the two-term governor. See more in T.W. Budig’s Capitol Roundup piece.
PHOTO: Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty greets Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to the stage during a campaign stop in February at Freightmasters in Eagan. (Photo by Rick Orndorf, SunThisweek)