Governor has D.C.'s attention
Patricia Lopez, Star Tribune
May 31, 2007
Vin Weber, a Republican strategist and former Minnesota congressman, walked into a book party in Washington the other night primed to talk up his choice for president in 2008, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
"But when I got there," Weber said with a laugh, "all anyone wanted to talk to me about was Tim Pawlenty."
In the aftermath of a legislative session that just ended with Pawlenty fending off a barrage of proposed tax increases, the Minnesota governor's national profile is rising, as is talk of him becoming a vice presidential candidate.
"He's a Republican who's saying no [on taxes] and making it stick," Weber said. "That he accomplished it against big Democratic majorities in the House and Senate enhances the credit he gets for that."