Tim Pawlenty quit as co-chair of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign on Thursday to become one of Wall Street’s top lobbyists in Washington. Pawlenty, a former governor of Minnesota, will lead the Financial Services Roundtable…

“Tim Pawlenty is a dear friend,” Romney said in the same statement. “He’s brought energy, intelligence and tireless dedication to every enterprise in which he’s ever been engaged, and that certainly includes my presidential campaign.

“While I regret he cannot continue as co-chair of my campaign, his new position advancing the integrity of our financial system is vital to the future of our country,” Romney said. “I congratulate him.”