Tim Pawlenty opens PACs in New Hampshire and Iowa just in case
Just because he's launched political action committees in two key states in the presidential race -- Iowa and New Hampshire -- doesn't mean that Gov. Tim Pawlenty is actually setting his sites on the White House in 2012.
No no no. Just thinking ahead, ya know?
"We filed these committees now because now is the time to start organizing on the grass-roots level for 2010," Alex Conant, a Pawlenty spokesman, told The Des Moines Register. "The governor doesn't know what he's going to do when he's done being governor. He'll decide that early next year."
The treasurer of T-Paw's New Hampshire PAC told the Manchester Union Leader the organization -- like those of other potential candidates -- is all about making deposits in the political favor bank.
Berke said the Pawlenty group will contribute to GOP candidates up and down the ticket, from U.S. Senate to county sheriff races.
"He hopes to be up in New Hampshire helping candidates wherever he can," he said.
An early start is probably a good idea.
The latest Register poll shows most Iowa Republicans know so little about Pawlenty that they're not sure whether the even like him or not.
Same issue in New Hampshire: The latest WMUR/University of New Hampshire poll shows he continues to trail most of the potential GOP field with just 3 percent support.