Your morning jolt: Tim Pawlenty heads to Georgia for much-needed cash

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will make his first appearance in Georgia as a presidential candidate next Tuesday at a West Paces Ferry fundraiser.

GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota. AP

GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota. AP

The $500-a-head event will be held at the Cherokee Town & Country Club, just down the way from the state’s most prominent public housing occupant, Gov. Nathan Deal – who has declared he’s sticking with Newt Gingrich.

But as you can see on invitation, the list of hosts – after former Gov. Sonny Perdue, former state Sen. Eric Johnson, and Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus – includes Tricia Pridemore, Deal’s unsuccessful candidate for state GOP chairman.

Otherwise, the host list looks like a reunion of Perdue staffers, led by Nick Ayers, Pawlenty’s campaign manager. Click here to see the entire invitation.

The cash is much needed. With a campaign contribution disclosure looming — which will be a measure of his viability — the Washington Post reported on Thursday that at least five of Pawlenty’s staffers, including two top strategists, are working for little or no pay.

Pawlenty has been to Georgia twice in the last year — last November on a low-key scouting mission, and in January for a quick book-signing appearance.

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Here’s the Wall Street Journal that, very likely, is at the top of the GBI’s reading list today:

A group of hackers that has claimed attacks on websites run by the U.S. Senate and the Central Intelligence Agency posted a cache of documents from Arizona police, calling it a protest against a controversial state law.

On Thursday, Lulz Security posted files labeled as training manuals, emails, intelligence documents and other material that it says it poached from the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

LulzSec, as the group commonly refers to itself, said the posting of the documents was a protest of Arizona’s SB1070, controversial state legislation that critics say is anti-immigration. The key provision of the law has been frozen because of legal challenges.

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The Macon Telegraph today has an excellent piece on state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black’s assignment to explore a state-created guest worker program:

The first thing that Commissioner Black and his researchers will learn is that Georgia already has access to a guest worker program, the H-2A temporary foreign agricultural worker program. The H-2A program, overseen by the federal government, requires active participation by the Georgia Department of Labor to ensure the proper processing of employers’ applications for guest workers and ensure that jobs are made available to qualified U.S. citizens and immigrants. So if Georgia designs its own guest worker program, Georgia taxpayers will be paying twice.

Black seems to understand he’s been charged with duplicating efforts, saying “Just how that (the proposed state guest worker program) interfaces with the federal program is certainly a question that is out there.”

What the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s research would uncover is a long history in this country and in other nations of massive problems with any guest worker program. Guest workers cannot switch employers. They are dependent on employers to obtain their visas and to invite them back the next year. Their “non immigrant” status leaves them without bargaining power and creates a fear of challenging illegal treatment which encourages employers to prefer guest workers over available American workers and helps keep wages low for both.

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The Georgia Chamber of Commerce is getting ready to dump a chunk of change on behalf of next year’s regional transportation sales tax votes. From the Gainesville Times:

Efforts include spending $2 million to $3 million on an advertising campaign in markets outside metro Atlanta, public policy director Ryan Mahoney told a regional transportation panel meeting in Gainesville Thursday.

The Atlanta Chamber of Commerce has taken the lead in marketing the vote in metro Atlanta, he said.

“We’re going to be … helping provide some support and coordinating with local folks, such as yourselves, local chambers of commerce and business leaders on strategy in each of the other 11 regions,” Mahoney said.

The state’s Transportation Investment Act of 2010 calls for regions throughout the state to develop road project lists to put before voters in July 2012.

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State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, our first Republican in the job, continues to say things you’d never hear his Democratic predecessor say – like this suggestion that many of Georgia’s jobless are enjoying their vacation. From the Times-Herald in Coweta:

“We have created a mindset and sometimes people get used to living a certain way. They don’t start looking for work until unemployment payments run out. Unemployment payments can be an incentive for people not to go back to work. They are learning to ‘get by’ on unemployment. We have trained society that if things go bad, we’ll take care of it. Having some safety nets are okay, but we shouldn’t make it too easy to fall into and stay put.”

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AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at the claim by GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich that “every 10th dollar spent by the Social Security Administration on its program for the poor…is waste or fraud.

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55 comments Add your comment

Linda

June 24th, 2011
9:28 am

Better to have staff working for “little to no pay” who believe in the candidate – than no staff at all.

Centrist

June 24th, 2011
9:37 am

Maybe now that states are fighting ILLEGAL immigration, there will be a push to fix past problems with the H-2A temporary foreign agricultural guest worker program. Highlighting problems with the existing guest worker problems is NOT a good reason to simply ignore ILLEGAL immigration.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler is merely stating what many studies have already proven – many unemployed do not look for work as long as they have taxpayer supported unemployment benefits. Extension after extension of these supposedly transitional benefits are mostly vote buying.

Last Man Standing

June 24th, 2011
9:50 am

“Unemployment payments can be an incentive for people not to go back to work.”

Butler is correct in this statement. Before I am deluged with posts, I understand that this is NOT true of all people who are jobless. I don’t know what the figures are, but I believe Butler’s statement would apply to a great number of the unemployed.

Looks as if things are beginning to move for the national GOP. Pawlenty will be a good candidate. My hope is that Governor Perry will also officially announce his candidacy very soon.

GaBlue

June 24th, 2011
9:54 am

Highlighting problems with illegal immigration is NOT a good reason to simply ignore problems with the guest worker program. Had the “leaders” (as if) of this State chosen to focus on solutions instead of politics, these problems would be smaller and much less severe. But, we know better than to expect that sort of thing here.

Centrist, it is clear from your comments that you don’t know d**k about unemployment benefits. No one is content getting laid off from $60K/yr salary and trying to sustain their bills $220/week. That’s barely enough to scrape by WITH savings, credit cards, and a home equity load. Your desire to judge people has clearly skewered your comprehension of basic math.

jconservative

June 24th, 2011
9:55 am

I heard the former Minnesota governor had Pawlenty of money. Wrong?

We have had a guest worker program in Georgia for several decades that has always provided all the labor the state needed. Illegal aliens. Then government saw a problem and decided to “fix it”. Now the State is saying we have a shortage of labor.

As Reagan said “government is the problem not the solution”.

GaBlue

June 24th, 2011
10:04 am

jconservative,

That Reagan quote certainly does apply to the State of Georgia, doesn’t it! Funny…. the people who love this quote keep voting for those who use that statement as a basis for their entire platform — AND PROVE IT once they get elected!

Ever wonder what it would be like if we elected somebody who said, “You know, since your tax dollars are paying for this here government (and we’re not ready to abolish government completely and become Somalia), why not explore a paradigm shift in which people on the government payroll actually work on solutions instead of perpetuating the problem that is wasteful, arrogant, ineffective government officials who put politics over common sense?”

Hmmmm….

Centrist

June 24th, 2011
10:11 am

There are lots of two income families, and when one is laid off (especially if the lower income earner) with interim government benefits it is an economic incentive not to look for replacement work. It is not just the loss of differential income – but less expenses associated with commuting, clothing, child care, etc. On top of that – many collecting unemployment find UNREPORTED part time income. It is the combination of these economics that drains taxpayer dollars meant only to help those in transition.

GaBlue

June 24th, 2011
10:20 am

Centrist,

Well, if you say so. I’m sure you have already walked a mile in absolutely everyone else’s shoes, and therefore are in a unique position to JUDGE everyone else who is experiencing hard times. Right? Otherwise you would not be flapping your big, important, all-knowing yap about the misfortunes of others? Right? Thanks for sharing.

Young Lady

June 24th, 2011
10:32 am

-@ It is the combination of these economics that drains taxpayer dollars meant only to help those in transition.

Except those in transition are finding out that there are pretty much no jobs unless you want to go out and pick veg/fruit. And that is unfortunately highly seasonal work which means they’re stuck back being unemployed once the growing season ends. I don’t know how much you make but for the people of Georgia I think 40 weeks of transition (which was the last average for the amount of time one is unemployed in GA) is immensely hard on any person regardless of unemployment benefits. The problem isn’t the benefits. It’s that we have no employement opportunity to get people perminantly afloat. But I doubt Mr. Butler cares about that.

double

June 24th, 2011
10:33 am

unemployment taxes are paid by the employer.Sure if your take home pay is about same, or just a little more than your cost to work.Why not take a vacation.Yes if 60k yr.person you want to get back to work ASAP.Do you need a politican to tell you this.Average person will defraud gov.very little.It takes 2 incomes to live in our tax happy,over governed society.

Last Man Standing

June 24th, 2011
10:46 am

double:

I’ve got to make an appointment with a doctor. Something has to be wrong because I actually agree with you!

ByteMe

June 24th, 2011
11:04 am

We have created a mindset and sometimes people get used to living a certain way. They don’t start looking for work until unemployment payments run out. Unemployment payments can be an incentive for people not to go back to work. They are learning to ‘get by’ on unemployment.

There’s a reason that his predecessors never said this. It’s STUPID wrong. Not just wrong, but amazingly stupid wrong.

Let’s ignore that the average person being paid a living wage at their job does not want to go through the hassle that the DoL puts you through to collect your unemployment check that totals — at best — about $1200/month, which isn’t enough to live on unless you’re used to being poor and unemployed.

Instead, let’s look at reality. In times of low unemployment — like only a few years ago — unemployment payments were the same and jobs were plentiful and how many people would actually want to stay home to collect a pittance compared to going back to work at full pay? So why in times of high unemployment — when many jobs are getting 1000 people applying for every opening — would anyone make the exact opposite choice?

The statement has no basis in logic or reality… unless of course, you believe it just because it’s how you feel about anyone who collects money from the government, because you, of course, would never collect a dime from the government ever in your life… until you do. Some people are just missing the empathy gene and we’re all the poorer for it if they reproduce.

First Sergeant

June 24th, 2011
11:06 am

If an unemployed person is entitled to unemployment compensation, it means that person has paid for that entitlement, period. GA Blue is correct, in that, none of you have the right to judge those who have lost their jobs due to the US economic downturn.

Rule .303

June 24th, 2011
11:14 am

My GF decided to work a 2nd job to help pay off her student loans. She had nearly a dozen job interviews and, get this, was offered work at Lowes, Ann Taylor Loft, and Whole Foods. She decided to take the position at Whole Foods. So I know from first-hand experience that there are a lot of jobs out there.

Jack

June 24th, 2011
11:17 am

“We have created a mindset and sometimes people get used to living a certain way. They don’t start looking for work until unemployment payments run out. Unemployment payments can be an incentive for people not to go back to work. They are learning to ‘get by’ on unemployment.”

FINALLY someone has the balls to say what’s needed to be said out loud for a long time. A bunch of these “long term unemployed” are nothing but freeloaders. Soon as the weekly welfare checks start to taper off you’ll see them going back to work.

Muley powers

June 24th, 2011
11:19 am

Welcome to Georgia Paw. Will you be bringing Maw Lenty with you?

Pawlenty's economics

June 24th, 2011
11:41 am

are more of a pol promising what he cannot possibly deliver.
He says his plan will give us 5% growth every year.
Please.
Reagonomics promised that increased revenues from growth would keep deficits from being huge.
I voted for him and generally liked his presidency.
But the Republican Party belief that somehow deficits don’t matter had a big part in getting us to where we are with 14 plus trillion in debt.
You can blame Obama all you want but he took over the Titanic right before it hit the iceberg.
I am not optimistic that anyone in either party can tell the truth.
W was a poor president giving us at least one if not two unnecessary wars.

Jack

June 24th, 2011
11:45 am

Although I am firmly in the Mitt Romney camp, I am encouraged to see how many more mainstream Georgia Republicans are turning away from the more radical “Tea Party” types who are running for President and going with mainstream pro-business traditional Republicans like Romney and Pawlenty.

Although I am not a President Obama “hater” like many of those radical Tea Partiers, because of his economic philosphy, I do not consider him a viable alternative when determining my vote next November and my vote is driven by economics, not social issues.

If Republicans nominate Hunstman, Romney or Pawlenty, I will vote. If they nominate someone like Palin, Bachmann, Santorium or the current governor of Texas, I will skip the presidential line on my ballot.

My real concern is that Hunstman, Pawlenty and Romney will split the more mainstream Republican primary vote and this will benefit the radicals. On the other hand, I hope that Sarah Palin jumps in the race and helps split the radical vote.

It should be quite a primary season.

Either way, sitting on my hands next November if the nominee is a radical will not be a problem as I have no doubt Georgia will remain among the “reddest of the red states” next November. Although I voted for two democrat state-wide candidates last year, it is apparent that it will be some time before any democrat can win a state-wide election in “blood red” Georgia, regardless of their opponent or their message.

Lib in Cobb

June 24th, 2011
11:50 am

“Pawlenty Comes to Georgia”, yeah so. He will not be part of the mix for very long.

MrLiberty

June 24th, 2011
11:50 am

All my available campaign donations are going to Ron Paul. He is the only candidate fighting for freedom and liberty. Just look at his recent bill to end the failed war on marijuana, his fight to audit the Fed, his fight to end the Fed, his fight to restore and preseve the constitution, etc. What has an idiot like Pawlenty done for freedom or liberty??

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 24th, 2011
11:52 am

Is Mr. Pawlenty coming to Emory for a personality transplant?

Pawlenty's economics

June 24th, 2011
11:54 am

Jack,
Sarah needs to start the Entertainment Party because that is her forte.
Governing is not, at least not after she adopted her bait the other party constantly persona.
I like Romney better than Pawlenty as one might guess but answer me this:
How will Romney overcome his problems with the fundamentalists/evangelicals because of his Mormon religion?
My view of the Mormons is that they struggled in this country to be left alone and once they found a place to be free of others, their religion grew to be a good thing.
Many conventional Christians don’t see that at all and consider his religion a cult.

Travis McGee

June 24th, 2011
11:56 am

@Mr.Liberty: From where I sit all Mr. Paul has done through the years is TALK!

Has he ever passed any legislation to back up what he talks about?

Now, there’s nothing wrong with talking about these wonderful things, but I can’t see where he’s been very successful convincing others in congress to stand with him and address his concerns.

I guess he’s just a “voice crying in the wilderness.”

Rev. Dudley Doright, Sr. Minister of the First Apostolic Church of the Good God Almighty in Christ Jesus with adjoing Rib Shack

June 24th, 2011
12:00 pm

A cult is a religious movement without political power.

Pawlenty's economics

June 24th, 2011
12:01 pm

MrLiberty,
I agree with you about Ron Paul but wish he had a better speaking voice.
What good is the Fed if it twice fails to slow down an economy headed toward a bubble with higher interest rates or recommending higher taxes during a booming phase of the business cycle?
When surplus became a dirty word instead of a desired state, huge annual deficits were only a matter of time as both parties mainly buy votes once elected.

Pawlenty's economics

June 24th, 2011
12:03 pm

Rev Dud.
OK if I abbreviate your name?
You’re funny.
I’ll give u that.

GaBlue

June 24th, 2011
12:05 pm

Jack,

It’s refreshing, and I am encouraged to hear from a Republican on here who wants to think (some) things through and look for some common sense in this madness. The hijacking of the GOP by the right-wing fringes has been detrimental to this nation, regardless of a person’s party affiliation. When reasonable discourse is lost, we are lost.

May I make a suggestion? Please look more at state and local politics. The reality is, there is very little WE can do to influence what goes on in Washington. Big money owns that town and nearly all the players in it, regardless of the letter by their name. Most of the “battling” back and forth is theater. The real power does not change from year to year with our silly little elections! Those who control the big money control whomever we elect to some degree. The “of, by, and for the people” stuff is a sweet concept, but the reality of it died long ago.

On the other hand, the laws and policies of our states and counties affect us more directly, by way of the jobs available in our communities, the cost of living, our property values, the schools our children attend, natural resources, and energy costs, etc. Yet MOST people cannot name their state representatives, let alone tell us who funds them and what they voted for. If we really want to see better times, WE need get off the national media frenzy and get involved where we can yield greater influence and greater results from that influence. If we can kick the partisanship aside long enough to focus on what we CAN do, there might be hope for us yet! (IMHO)

Pawlenty's economics

June 24th, 2011
12:07 pm

You can call me Paw no mic jagger to get even.

Pawlenty's economics

June 24th, 2011
12:11 pm

When I’m not joking, I can agree with GaBlue.
We are a nation by and for the cronies regardless of which party wins.
One group or another of cronies usually wins every election.
Common sense seldom does anymore.

Rev. Dudley Doright, Sr. Minister of the First Apostolic Church of the Good God Almighty in Christ Jesus with adjoing Rib Shack

June 24th, 2011
12:14 pm

@Pawlenty’s economics: Amen and Halledamnlujah about President Reagans failed economic strategy. And Cheney, the ventriloquist with his hand up Dubya’s coat putting the words in his mouth, often said that deficits weren’t important.

The Republican’ts spent money like a drunken sailor during Dubya’s administration but now act like they just arrived at the scene of the accident and are appalled by the carnage when, in reality, most of them have been in DC for 15-20 years and are a substantial part of the problem.

Now, I do hope the Republican’ts are prepared to explain to the working class folks of this fine country why it’s perfectly okay for them to pay their taxes and not okay for Exxon, General Electric and scores of Fortune 500 companies.

Can the brethren say Amen and Amen and Halledamnlujah?

Pawlenty's economics

June 24th, 2011
12:17 pm

I am probably more of a Reagan Democrat than anything.
If the Republicans produce someone with a spine, he gets my vote.
Going to war is seldom the best solution.
JFK and W were both spoiled rich kids without the toughness to control their military advisers.
The Powell Doctrine or Scowcroft’s view of Iraq is better than any ideas emanating from Feith, Rice, Cheney etal.
Most of Feith’s family were killed by the Nazi’s; just the guy we didn’t need trying to influence our foreign policy with that kind of baggage.

Pawlenty's economics

June 24th, 2011
12:26 pm

No but I’ll laugh along with you.
The Democrats unfortunately don’t offer anything better.
For all the many mistakes of Truman, JFK and LBJ in making the mess in Vietnam, they successfully, with Liddy’s help, managed to scapegoat Nixon with most of the blame.
The North Vietnamese didn’t want that war to end even if McGovern in 1972 or Humphrey in 1968 had gone there to kiss their feet and beg.
Both parties play this game.
They make the mistake.
They try to scapegoat the person who replaces them.
It’s typical of both.

Ben Franklin

June 24th, 2011
12:28 pm

The only President that didn’t blame his predecessor was Mr. Washington.

Rev. Dudley Doright, Sr. Minister of the First Apostolic Chruch of the Good God Almighty in Christ Jesus with adjoining Rib Shack

June 24th, 2011
12:33 pm

Enter your comments here

Rev. Dudley Doright, Sr. Minister of the First Apostolic Chruch of the Good God Almighty in Christ Jesus with adjoining Rib Shack

June 24th, 2011
12:35 pm

A President blaming the one who trod before is the Original Sin of Presidential Politics and ALL have sinned. . . . .

Rev. Dudley Doright, Sr. Minister of the First Apostolic Chruch of the Good God Almighty in Christ Jesus with adjoining Rib Shack

June 24th, 2011
12:35 pm

Pardon me, I stuttered!

4 more years!

June 24th, 2011
12:45 pm

obama will; beat pawlenty easy! I hope he gets the nomination–another empty suit republican trying to keep his rich friends in the money. Obama will win big in 2012—mark it down!!!!

Rev. Dudley Doright, Sr. Minister of the First Apostolic Chruch of the Good God Almighty in Christ Jesus with adjoining Rib Shack

June 24th, 2011
12:56 pm

Even with the Republican’ts trying to trip him us and hinder his progress, Brother Obama is heading for the Promised Land.

President Obama stands like David in a land of giants — the giants of Big Business and Big Money and Right Wing Religious Anti-Science Flat Earthers — and will reach down into the sand of the riverbank and pick him out a smoothe, slick, flat river rock. He’s going to put that smoothe, slick, flat, river rock into his folded blue suede tennis shoe tongue —- swing that sucker ’round and ’round and ’round his head and turn it loose and smite these giants and make his way back into the Land of Promise — as Brother Dave would say.

And, all of the brethren said Amen and Amen!

Alabama Communist

June 24th, 2011
1:03 pm

More Breaking News On Wimp GOP Pawlenty Visiting Georgia…A Spokensperson for the Pawlenty Campaign said today that he plans to Visit Newt’s Campaign HeadQuarters and declared it as a dead Zone… A new unknown Spokensperson for the Newt Campaign said they will sic Dogs on Pawlenty should he step into Newt’s Campaign HeadQuarters..

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 24th, 2011
1:07 pm

In his rejection of Lemnitzer’s “Operation Northwoods” proposal (9/11’s precursor false-flag attack on Americans) to recapture Cuba for its displaced Roman Catholic rulers (authored by two flag-rank Roman Catholics) and ordering us out of the papal fiefdom of Vietnam, JFK was “controlling” his military. The Big Brass responded by going along with the Roman Catholic CIA’s assassination of him led by Richard Nixon and George HW Bush – agents of the Hitler-financing, Vatican banker Rockefellers’ and the Roman Anti-Christ’s American Fifth Column – for his refusal to be bulled into the Bay of Pigs invasion (run by GHW Bush),

Get your history straight or stop trying to appear to be an American.

Anyone else here swear on their life to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC?

July Fourth approaches.

Who is a Patriot?

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 24th, 2011
1:14 pm

So with all this evidence of treason by Roman Catholics, who in Georgia is supporting Roman Catholic Pawlenty? Same sort who brought the Mafia-controlled lottery to us, I guess.

Serious Robuck

June 24th, 2011
7:28 pm

Last Man, do you think your boy Pawlenty should go after Mitt Romney or not?

A lot of us here depend on you for your independent (Rush Limbaugh notwithstanding) point of view.

I’d much prefer to have you advise us than Shirley Franklin. You are soooooooo much smarter than she.

Last Man Standing

June 24th, 2011
7:42 pm

4 more years!:

Obama is toast. A three-legged dog (if it is breathing) can beat Obama. You might as well get used to saying, “One-term Obama”!

Last Man Standing

June 24th, 2011
7:46 pm

Serious Robuck:

Too early to call. If Governor Perry decides to run, it’s a whole new ballgame. Perry would be my first choice far and away. His efforts have allowed the private sector to create more jobs in Texas than Obama has nationally.

Now, run along and ask Aunt Shirley if it’s OK for you to be up this late.

Serious Robuck

June 24th, 2011
8:47 pm

Last Man, have you checked on that budget deficit in Texas? Are you aware of the draconian budget cuts going on there after all these years of Reaganomics on steroids?

Did you know that the rumors have been there for years that Perry is a big old homo like Larry Craig? What would you think of that, Last Man? Would he still be your first choice?

Are you capable of criticizing a Republican in even the smallest way?

Serious Robuck

June 24th, 2011
8:48 pm

Last Man, how many jobs did W create in 8 years?

Last Man Standing

June 24th, 2011
10:20 pm

Serious Robuck:

Thank you for identifying yourself as a clearing house for homosexual rumor gathering. I will now know who to ask should I ever need verification of such, but I doubt that I’ll need your services. I prefer not to pay much attention to either rumors or homosexuals. Apparently you do . . .

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 24th, 2011
10:35 pm

As if the hypocrisy of George W. Bush’s anti-gay marriage stand while he was “entertaining” his $200 an hour homosexual prostitute, James Guckert/”Jeff Gannon” in the White House would offend LMS.

As “governor” of Texas Bush’s Lt. Gov. was Perry. Birds of feather flock together and Perry’s not being a man is transparently obvious to anyone who watches him. “Men” who can’t see “it” aren’t men.

LMS needs his gaydar or his hypocrisy checked.

Choosey Republican

June 24th, 2011
11:26 pm

Newt – over.

Romney – plastic.

Bachmann – diva.

Huntsman – who?

Perry – bush III.

Cain – record-less.

Pawlenty – maybe.

JD

June 24th, 2011
11:39 pm

Wow, this is a hell of a way to blow $500. I wonder if everyone that attends this fundraiser know they are really just subsidizing Nick Ayers’s salary. Afterall, Pawlenty is amongst the weakest candidates in the crowd.