Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been quietly assembling the blueprint of a presidential campaign and will announce Thursday the support of a group of high-level political strategists and donors, complemented by a handful of top new media consultants, POLITICO has learned.
Pawlenty, under the radar of D.C.â€™s political community, has locked up some of the key operatives who engineered then-President George W. Bushâ€™s reelection campaign â€” a significant feat for a little-known Midwestern politician.
The moves underscore, and will lend credence to, the emerging belief among many establishment Republicans that Pawlenty is becoming the sole viable alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a potential Republican primary rival. The Minnesota governor has even gone so far as to contact some of Romneyâ€™s former supporters.
Congratulations to Liz Mair, a friend of this blog, who has joined Gov. Pawlenty’s PAC.