Timothy James Pawlenty, the former two-term governor of Minnesota, is renowned for his ability to connect with the masses. His middle-class background and humble personality lends him an earthy appeal to the average Joes, not unlike the warm Texan drawl of former president George W. Bush. |
After withdrawing from the 2012 GOP nomination race, Pawlenty served briefly as the co-chair of Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign for president, lending weight to swirling rumors of a potential Romney/Pawlenty pairing. However, after he was passed over as running mate by Romney in favor of Rep. Paul Ryan, Gov. Pawlenty left to join a Washington D.C.-based financial lobbying firm, reputed to be one of the most powerful in the country.
A comeback, at this point, looks unlikely. However, for some, time away from politics can reinvigorate the tired and jaded soul.