Gov. Pawlenty's federal political action committee gave donations to the three Republicans in Minnesota's congressional delegation, Reps. John Kline, Erik Paulsen and Michele Bachmann. In an e-mail to supporters, Pawlenty also said he gave to former Congressman Rob Portman, who also directed the Office of Management and Budget in 2006 and 2007. Here's a bit of the e-mail:
I've been humbled by the initial support for our efforts. Thanks to many generous contributions, Freedom First has already been able to help the campaigns of Representatives John Kline, Eric Paulsen, and Michele Bachmann, as well as former Congressman Rob Portman, who is fighting to retain a critical Senate seat for Republicans in Ohio. This support is just scratching the surface -- we plan to support many more candidates next year as we work to elect more Republican governors and retake control of Congress.
New Year's provides a unique opportunity to recharge and set goals for the year ahead. One of my primary goals for 2010 is to ensure that I do my part in restoring the principle of freedom in America. Freedom requires hard work, gratitude and accountability, and I'm committed to doing everything I can to advance these principles through Freedom First, and elect candidates who embody those principles.
Pawlenty didn't mention Doug Hoffman. Hoffman challenged the GOP backed Dede Scozzafava in a special election in NY-23. At the time, Pawlenty's PAC gave its first donation to Hoffman. Scozzafava dropped out of the race and backed Democrat Bill Owens, who eventually won it.
The full campaign finance reports are due on January 31st.
Mr. Pawlenty is free to support whomever he chooses. However where the U.S. Senate race in Ohio is concerned he will find himself on the wrong side of history.
With the political climate being what it is across the Nation and particularly here in Ohio, the Washington Insider is NOT the candidate of favor.
In Ohio, real Republicans (not elitist Old Guard) know that G.O.P. stands for Ganley Over Portman.
Perhaps Mr. Pawlenty would care to find out more about the soon to be Republican Nominee -
TOM GANLEY at www.tomganley.com