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Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty Endorses John Kasich and Jim Renacci

June 18, 2010 at 7:57 am Matt Leave a comment Go to comments

From Chris Cillizza in the Washington Post:

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will back former Ohio Rep. John Kasich’s bid for governor and Jim Renacci’s challenge to Ohio Rep. John Boccieri on Friday, the latest in a series of Midwestern endorsements from the all-but-certain 2012 presidential candidate.

Pawlenty — through his Freedom First PAC — had previously endorsed former Rep. Rob Portman, who is running for the Senate in the Buckeye State, and former Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot, who is trying to reclaim the Cincinnati-area seat he lost in 2008.

For the past decade, Ohio has been the swingiest of swing states; George W. Bush’s slim margin there over Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in 2004 handed him a second term, although in the wake of that victory Democrats have scored across the board victories for governor, Senate and several U.S. House seats in 2006 and 2008.

Pawlenty’s focus on Ohio is part of a broader strategic effort to use the power of his endorsements — and the donations that come with them — to build an image as a governor from the center of the country who understands the hopes and fears of people who live in that area, which also happens to be the central battleground in the 2012 presidential race.

The endorsement of Kasich makes perfect sense for Pawlenty- As not only do they both have a folsky, cheerful conservative style… they also both like to talk a lot about their attractive wives. Kasich noted at the Dublin rally last Saturday that his wife is, in fact, hot and jokingly informed the audience he wouldn’t share his secrets to meeting women.

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  1. Mr. Conservative
    June 18th, 2010 at 12:36 | #1

    With the Pawlenty endorsement, Kasich & Renacci might as well suspend their campaigns since a victory is now assured…

  2. OhioanVoters
    July 18th, 2010 at 05:51 | #2

    Email message sent to Tim Pawlenty at :

    Hello Tim:

    Before you start proclaiming that you support John Kasich for Governor of Ohio, you should first learn that John Kasich clearly does not practice what he preaches as described on the web site http://www.NotKasich.com.

    We would appreciate your thoughts on those facts for which there is overwhelming and irrefutable evidence about the Conspiracy of Criminal Negligence, Deception, Fraud, and Cover-Ups against John Kasich, his family, and thousands of others. John refuses to do anything about those serious crimes and dangerous hypocrisy while he continues to send his twin daughters to that private “Christian” school where the administrators remain in power, remain as a serious threat to unsuspecting consumers, and remain as horrible examples to the students (including John Kasich's own daughters) on how to treat your business customers and fellow man.

    Thank you,
    Ohioan Voters

  3. OhioanVoters
    July 18th, 2010 at 12:51 | #3

    Email message sent to Tim Pawlenty at :rnrnHello Tim:rnrnBefore you start proclaiming that you support John Kasich for Governor of Ohio, you should first learn that John Kasich clearly does not practice what he preaches as described on the web site http://www.NotKasich.com.rnrnWe would appreciate your thoughts on those facts for which there is overwhelming and irrefutable evidence about the Conspiracy of Criminal Negligence, Deception, Fraud, and Cover-Ups against John Kasich, his family, and thousands of others. John refuses to do anything about those serious crimes and dangerous hypocrisy while he continues to send his twin daughters to that private “Christian” school where the administrators remain in power, remain as a serious threat to unsuspecting consumers, and remain as horrible examples to the students (including John Kasich’s own daughters) on how to treat your business customers and fellow man.rnrnThank you,rnOhioan

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