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Pawlenty Taps Crawford as Senior Advisor for NH PAC 

b-fresh consulting's Sarah Crawford To Advise Tim Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC


Manchester, NH -- b-fresh consulting, LLC is pleased to announce that Sarah Crawford will consult for Governor Tim Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC as a Senior Advisor. Sarah is a veteran of over twenty political campaigns including John McCain's successful 2000 and 2008 First-In-The-Nation Primary campaigns.

Sarah Crawford will work with Governor Pawlenty to help elect Republicans in New Hampshire for the 2010 election. Governor Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC has set-up an affiliate New Hampshire PAC, which will allow the Governor to do more to aid local candidates.

Sarah Crawford said, "Governor Pawlenty served as a successful conservative executive in a traditionally liberal-leaning state. Governor Pawlenty's record is drawing a broad spectrum of supporters in New Hampshire who are eager to join him and help elect Republicans in 2010. I am proud to be part of that effort."

For more information, please check out Hotline's story here.


SCRC Picnic with Gov. Tim Pawlenty - July 10, 2010 

Strafford County Republican Committee Announces Annual Picnic

This year’s picnic will feature special guest speaker Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty

Dover, June 15, 2010: The Strafford County Republican Committee (SCRC) is pleased to announce that this year’s guest speaker at the annual picnic will be Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. Governor Pawlenty will be joined by New Hampshire candidates running for national and State offices.

The Strafford County Republican Committee Picnic will be held on July 10, 2010, 12PM-2PM, at Guppy Park, Portland Ave., Dover, New Hampshire. Great food, best pie contest, raffle-prizes, great auction items, and political chat with the candidates and your neighbors.

Tickets are $20.00 per person, $35.00 per couple, and children under 12 years-old eat free. Tickets can be reserved/purchased from any member of the SCRC , or by contacting Jeff Chidester ( or Phyllis Woods ( Those wishing to donate raffle/auction items can also contact Jeff Chidester and Phyllis Woods (or any member of SCRC).

All press inquiries should be directed to SCRC Chairman Kaitlyn Smith,


Pawlenty - Daily Caller: T-Paw Sets the Bar High 

Daily Caller: T-Paw sets the bar high

By Joshua Culling

May 25, 2010

If he seeks higher office on a platform of fiscal conservatism, Tim Pawlenty will have the battle scars to prove it.

As governor of Minnesota, the only state Reagan lost in his 1984 re-election bid, Pawlenty has worked to reverse a culture of big government that saw spending increase an average of 21 percent per budget biennium from 1960 until his inauguration. He has been successful in keeping the state budget in balance throughout his tenure while keeping the pledge he made to constituents never to raise their taxes.

One tool at his disposal to check the growth of government is known as unallotment – an authority unique to Minnesota that allows the governor to make unilateral spending cuts even after a budget is passed and signed into law. Pawlenty has used his unallotment authority multiple times during his governorship, most notably last summer, when he cut $2.7 billion in spending to reflect the reality of the economic downturn. Where Democrats in the legislature sought to raise taxes to eliminate the shortfall, Gov. Pawlenty correctly observed that spending, not revenue, was the problem plaguing Minnesota’s state budget.

A recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision threatens to reverse many of last year’s unallotments. Employing a healthy dose of judicial activism, the Court ruled 4-to-3 that Pawlenty exceeded his authority in cutting some $5 million from a state diet program, potentially opening the door to a flood of lawsuits seeking to restore unallotted funding. As a result, the state budget deficit ballooned from some $500 million to roughly $3 billion.

Gov. Pawlenty reaffirmed his aversion to higher taxes in an already oppressively overtaxed state when the Democrat-controlled legislature promptly passed a budget with a $400 million income tax increase. The governor happily vetoed.

Pawlenty’s argument to Democratic leadership, who argued in favor of the Court’s ruling in an amicus brief, is simple: You got what you asked for. By calling on the Court to reverse last year’s principled unallotments, they have neatly made the case Americans for Tax Reform and others have been making for years: Spending, not revenue, is the driver of budget deficits. Those who expressly advocated for higher spending have promptly and voluntarily increased the state budget hole nearly six-fold.

The overspending problem has become a topic of national conversation with respect to the federal government, but it is even more pressing at the state level. State government frivolity during periods of economic boom have led to full-on crises in the midst of this recession, with appropriators unable to fulfill obligations like lavish public sector wages, benefits, and pensions or automatic increases in education budgets. Exacerbating the problem is the fact that almost every state – including Minnesota – has a constitutional obligation to balance its budget. Unlike the federal government, states cannot print money.

That means one of three options: higher taxes, more borrowing and budget gimmicks, or spending reductions. Governors like David Paterson, Mark Parkinson, Charlie Crist, and Ted Strickland have opted to raise taxes to fund their spending addictions. Blue state governors like Chris Christie and Tim Pawlenty have made the commonsense argument that the last way to promote economic growth is to pass anti-growth tax hikes.

Looking forward to 2012, few potential candidates in the Republican field will have been as battle-tested as Pawlenty. Rather than apologize for principled spending cuts brought on by virtue of economic necessity, he continues to push for structural budgetary reforms such as a constitutional cap on government spending and a 20 percent cut in Minnesota’s sky-high corporate income tax rate.

Pawlenty recently won his showdown with the state legislature on the tax-and-spend issue by securing passage of a budget deal that ratifies most of last year’s unallotments and balances the budget with no tax increases. He has officially solidified his fiscally conservative credentials leading up to a probable 2012 candidacy. And with a president in the White House who has repeatedly violated his “firm pledge” not to raise taxes on families making under $250,000, Pawlenty presents a clear and welcome contrast. He’s promised not to raise taxes and followed through time after time.

Joshua Culling is state affairs manager at Americans for Tax Reform, which fights for lower, flatter and fairer taxes. He coordinates ATR’s advocacy efforts in 17 states.


Gerson: Tim Pawlenty: Minnesota's Ronald Reagan? 

Gerson: Tim Pawlenty: Minnesota's Ronald Reagan?

By Michael Gerson

May 5, 2010


"A few days ago," Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty relates, "I was having breakfast with my wife, my 91-year-old mother-in-law and daughters, 17 and 13. On TV there was a news report about the financial situation in Greece. Out of the blue, my 13-year-old said, 'This is going to be us pretty soon.' I almost dropped my fork. This is an eighth-grader."


It sounds a bit like Jimmy Carter in 1980, telling the much-mocked story of a discussion on nuclear proliferation with his 13-year-old daughter, Amy. But Pawlenty -- all Midwestern, blue-collar candor -- is nothing if not sincere. And his daughter's macroeconomic judgment is disturbingly insightful.


"Something is happening for the first time of my adult life," Pawlenty continues. "Average people, not activists, are openly talking about debt and the deficit with an understanding that it matters. They know something is amiss. One of the driving sentiments is that government is out of control."


Pawlenty is among the least known of Republicans angling for his party's presidential nomination in 2012. He estimates that 75 percent of the GOP has no idea who he is. But he exhibits the confidence of a man holding at least a few aces.


If the problem is deficits, Pawlenty believes he is the solution. From 1960 to 2002, state spending in Minnesota increased by an average of 21 percent every two years. As governor, Pawlenty has held the growth of spending to just over 2 percent annually. Last year, he cut state spending in real terms -- the first time that has happened in 150 years. "We cut everything except public safety and K through 12 education," he says. "We changed the entitlement structure." All while moving Minnesota off the list of the top 10 most heavily taxed states.


Pawlenty is the successful conservative governor of one of the most liberal states in the union -- as if Ronald Reagan had been elected in Sweden. One explanation is his disarming, beer-sharing niceness, which is among Minnesota's main exports to the nation (exception: the seething Sen. Al Franken).


In normal circumstances, this virtue would be a pleasing contrast to President Obama's increasingly touchy, brittle public persona. But there are drawbacks to being a nice guy in an angry time. No Tea Party activist will find Pawlenty the most enraged choice. His attempts at stump-speech outrage come across like a Baptist trying to swear; the words are right, but the melody is lacking. Which raises the question: In a party of the incensed, can Pawlenty win the nomination without sacrificing his authenticity?


Pawlenty responds that niceness is not inconsistent with toughness. He recounts his confrontation with Minnesota's public transportation union to limit its overgenerous health benefits. "People were standing outside my house holding signs. We shut down the [bus] system for 44 days." Eventually, like Reagan staring down the air traffic controllers union in 1981, Pawlenty got his concessions.


But Pawlenty suffers from another possible handicap in the Republican race -- a history of policy innovation. In Minnesota, he instituted a performance pay system for teachers and passed a market-based health reform for public employees that reduced health cost inflation. "I can take conservative ideas and values," he says, "and make them connect at the gut level with people who are not Republicans." Pawlenty has been one of the Republican Party's most serious policy modernizers. But given the current Republican mood, modernization and outreach are not much in demand.


It says something about our political moment that Pawlenty's civility and policy creativity are not advantages in a presidential run. But he possesses other possible advantages. His quiet evangelical Christianity could attract interest, particularly if former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee does not run. His governing seriousness might impress Republican leaders and conservative intellectuals.


And Pawlenty's fiscal record may fit the moment, particularly if his daughter's worries about public debt prove widespread. "Change has to come," he says. "It is a matter of junior high school math. Entitlement spending is going up. Revenues are likely to be flat, even as the economy recovers. The outcome is certain; it is just the timing that is in question. When President [George W.] Bush attempted entitlement reform [in 2005], the country wasn't ready to take up entitlements. Congress wasn't ready for reform. But they're warming up. There is a saying: 'When the pupils are ready, the teacher will appear.' The pupils are getting ready."



Pawlenty's PAC raises nearly $1.9 million in first 6 months 

Freedom First PAC raises over $566,000 in first three months of 2010

ST. PAUL, Minnesota – Governor Tim Pawlenty’s Freedom First PAC announced today that it raised over $1.84 million in its first six months, including over $566,000 in the first quarter of 2010. The funds are being used to spread the Governor’s common-sense message and elect conservative candidates in 2010.

 “President Obama and Congressional Democrats are taking our country in the wrong direction and Americans have had enough,” said Governor Tim Pawlenty. “We need to put freedom first again in America, and stop the out-of-control spending in Washington. The early support for our organization will help us elect candidates who can rein in Washington and renew the promise of freedom.”

Since the beginning of the year, the majority of Governor Pawlenty’s political activity has been on behalf of other candidates, state parties, and the RGA. In the last three months, he’s attended fund raisers and events to help Republicans in more than half a dozen different states, including Alabama, Florida, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Texas. 

In a report to be filed with the Federal Election Commission next week, the Freedom First PAC will report that it received nearly 2,000 new donations in the first quarter of 2010 and began April with over $911,000 on hand.

 “We’re very pleased with another strong quarter for the PAC,” said Phil Musser, senior advisor for the Freedom First PAC. “Between his work for the RGA, the PAC, and the many events for state parties, Tim Pawlenty is moving the needle in terms of helping Republicans prepare to win this fall.”