Former Minnesota governor and Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty has endorsed U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s reelection campaign.
Bachmann’s campaign for Congress announced Pawlenty’s endorsement. Many political observers think her entrance into the presidential race hurt Pawlenty’s campaign for president.
Pawlenty dropped out of the race the day after Bachmann won the Ames Straw Poll in August. While a candidate for president, Pawlenty labeled Bachmann’s record of accomplishment in Congress “non-existent.”
Pawlenty is the latest in a string of Minnesota Republicans to endorse Bachmann’s campaign for Congress. She’s seeking reelection to the 6th District even though her home will be located in the newly formed 4th District.
A court appointed panel charged with drawing the state’s new political boundaries paired Bachmann and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., in the 4th District. Bachmann hasn’t said whether she intends to move into the 6th District.