The Iowa Republican: Gov. Tim Pawlenty heads to Iowa
Excerpted from this post at The Iowa Republican
A week after Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty hired a trio of GOP consultants with presidential experience, there is news that Pawlenty is scheduled to be in the state next month to raise money for the Republican Party of Iowa. Governor Pawlenty will headline an RPI fundraiser on Saturday, November 7th in Des Moines. Two of the political operatives that Pawlenty hired are Iowa natives with deep political roots - Sara Taylor and Terry Nelson. Both Taylor and Nelson have vast knowledge of the Iowa caucuses, and they appreciate the ability the caucuses have to catapult a candidate like Pawlenty to frontrunner status. While Iowa has already seen numerous potential presidential candidates like Haley Barbour, George Pataki, John Ensign, and Rick Santorum, visit the state this year, Pawlenty is the first potential 2012 candidate who is actually already building a campaign structure to come to the state. In Iowa, starting early has a lot of benefits.