The following is an excerpt from Michael Scherer | April 5, 2018 | Thewashingtonpost.com |
Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty announced Thursday that he will run this year for a third term as leader of the state.
“I have the strength and experience to solve problems and bring us together,” the Republican announced in a video posted to his website. “I want to finally put those in the middle . . . first.”
The decision shakes up what is already considered a competitive contest to replace Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who is not running for reelection after two terms in office.
After mounting an unsuccessful presidential bid in 2012, Pawlenty became the leader of the Financial Services Roundtable, a trade group that represents major banking, insurance and investment companies in Washington. He resigned from that job in February to begin exploring a possible return to politics.
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