Good news: Pawlenty rounding up McCain strategists for 2012 run

An all-star list of GOP strategists for his PAC’s first fundraiser. Hey — I thought Mitt was supposed to be the RINO candidate this time!

Among those interested in getting to know Pawlenty are Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Randy Scheunemann, two top policy advisers from the McCain presidential campaign who have joined the Minnesota governor’s host committee…

While Romney has a team of tested veterans to rely on if he runs again, Pawlenty is using his PAC to show off some who might come to his aid if he enters the race. Other McCain veterans teaming up with Pawlenty’s PAC are political strategists Bo Harmon, Jon Seaton and Terry Nelson, all of whom played roles in the 2008 campaign…

Earlier this month, Pawlenty rolled out a list of political and Web strategists who would serve as top advisers to his PAC — and, presumably, his eventual presidential campaign.

That list included Phil Musser, the former executive director of the Republican Governors Association; Nelson, a veteran of the Iowa caucuses who briefly served as Sen. McCain’s (R-Ariz.) campaign manager; Sara Taylor, President George W. Bush’s former political director; and Conant, a former press secretary at the Republican National Committee. The Web team includes Patrick Hynes, Liz Mair, Mindy Finn and Patrick Ruffini, all campaign veterans.

Randy Scheunemann? The same Randy Scheunemann who was Sarahcuda’s most loyal defender inside the McCain/Palin campaign? The same Randy Scheunemann who advised her on her Hong Kong speech? That Randy Scheunemann is hanging around with Tim Pawlenty now? At the very least, this means even her close advisors don’t know yet if she’s running. (Further proof that she’s not serious about politics?) At most, it means she’s decided against it and Scheunemann’s looking to latch onto someone else. Hmmmm.

Exit question: Seriously, why isn’t Mitt snapping these people up? He’s got the cash and much more name recognition than Pawlenty. Is his own campaign outfit already so well staffed that he doesn’t need any free agents?

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David Strom 8:41 PM on January 30, 2023