Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty’s presidential campaign is out with a new commercial, scrapping the speeches and glitz of previous commercials and stressing Pawlenty’s role in Minnesota’s 2005 shutdown.
The ad makes no mention that one of the reasons the 2005 state shutdown lasted as long as it did, was Pawlenty’s insistence on a tax on cigarettes, which he called a “health impact fee.”
Nor does it contain Pawlenty’s quote after the shutdown ended: “”Government is going to grow. Government does important things. We just want it to grow within reason and grow at a rate that’s sustainable”
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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