Pawlenty Spins His Fundraising Numbers

July 2nd, 2011 at 9:28 am | 6 Comments |

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Today, Governor Tim Pawlenty’s spokesman, Alex Conant, released this statement:

“Gov. Pawlenty will report that his campaign has raised about $4.2 million, and begins the third quarter with more available cash-on-hand than the Republicans who won the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary had in July 2007.”

That’s very impressive, considering Mike Huckabee and John McCain won those primaries back in 2007.  Huckabee went on to become a major contender for the nomination, and still has name recognition today.  McCain, as everyone knows, went on to win the GOP nomination.  The only problem is that this is a ridiculously misleading statement.

Huckabee had hardly any name recognition at this point in 2007, and there is a reason McCain was called “The Comeback Kid.”  Comparing himself to two candidates who were considered underdogs at this point in their campaigns is rarely a good sign.

Such a spin denotes trouble in the Pawlenty campaign.  If he is compared to his current rivals in the primaries, Pawlenty is in sore shape.  Jon Huntsman (who many say is faking his campaign so he can make a better run in 2016) seems to be the only major player with less funds: $4.1 million — half of that being his own cash.  Tea Party movement godfather, Ron Paul, has raised over $4.5 million this week alone. And Mitt Romney is estimated to have three or four times as much cash on hand as Pawlenty just reported.  The fact that they are being forced to spin this kind of report to the press doesn’t bode well for Team T-Paw.

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6 Comments so far ↓

  • Stewardship

    This is what happens when a candidate isn’t committed to his own principles. Switch positions for political expediency, and the money is going to sit on the sidelines. Who wants to make an investment in a company that can’t make its mind up what it’s going to make?

    Pawlenty would have the ground Huntsman is staking out, all to himself, if he’d just stuck to his own views and principles, instead of ‘reinventing himself’ as a tea partier. Now, no one believes Pawlenty is committed to any position, and he’s going to continue falling behind the pack. It’s Romney 08 on steroids.

  • Graychin

    I’m still trying to figure out who TP’s target constituency is.

    The donors seem to agree.

    Unfortunately, TP is the closest thing to that formidable “generic Republican” that the party has. Yuck.

  • mlindroo

    T-Paw’s lack of success in the GOP primaries is puzzling … he has an almost immaculate, ideologically consistent track record as governor of Minnesota after all. Apparently he is as bland and boring as the pundits say, since (AFAIK) he has not managed to offend any conservatives so far.


  • Frumplestiltskin

    Stewardship, I used to think that McCain made a mistake in not picking Pawlenty, but as you point out he seems to be an even bigger weathervane than Romney. After Gingrich (who is an outright pig of a human being) I dislike him the most. At the least Santorum and Bachmann’s convictions are geniune (if loopy)

  • NRA Liberal

    Pawlenty’s problem isn’t “bland and boring”. It’s that he’s obviously a little weasel.

  • dmnolan

    Really, if the Republican Party has to point to this gaggle of lightweights and carnival barkers as “viable candidates” we can rightly conclude it has substituted marketability and personality for cogency and principle. Whatever happened to Chuck Hagel? Banished for apostasy and heretical impropriety.