In another sign that he’s preparing for a 2012 run, Gov. Pawlenty created state PACs in New Hampshire and Iowa. The PACs allow him to raise money and give to state candidates. Pawlenty has a federal PAC but not every state allows him federal PACs to give to state candidates.
The move allows Pawlenty to help make Republican contacts in states that hold the nation’s first caucuses and primary. Pawlenty has not ruled out a run for the White House in 2012.
Update: Here’s a statement from the DNC’s Hari Sevugan:
“It’s nice that Tim Pawlenty has found a way to help politicians from other states who can help his political ambitions. Too bad he couldn’t do the same for the families of Minnesota who he was elected to serve with his draconian budget cuts. It looks like if you want Tim Pawlenty to work for you these days, you need to live in Iowa or New Hampshire, not Minnesota.”