Pawlenty opposition researchers already at work

As former Gov. Tim Pawlenty waits to hear whether he is Mitt Romney’s choice for running mate some parts of his record are showing up again in the news.

The latest example is a piece published by the Guardian in England today that resurrects a story first reported by the St. Paul Pioneer Press back in 2003.

The story details nearly $60,000 Pawlenty earned from a telecommunications firm owned by a close political ally as he was running for governor the first time, money that Pawlenty did not report as income during the campaign. He later revised disclosure forms to report the money.

Democrats tell the Guardian they intend to exploit the incident if Pawlenty ends up on the GOP ticket, in part because Pawlenty then, like Romney now, refused to release his income tax returns.

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