Tim Pawlenty is taking a leading and unflinching public position supporting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in the battle with public sector unions.
As pointed out a The Hill, Pawlenty has been more aggressive and consistent at defending Walker:
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) sought Thursday to take the lead among possible GOP presidential candidates in bolstering Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) in his state’s labor dispute.
Pawlenty released a video on Thursday boosting Walker and directing viewers to a petition in support of Walker, who’s locked in a major battle with state Democrats over a labor reform bill eliminating most collective bargaining rights for public employees.
“The gig is up [sic] for public employee groups who demand better benefits than the taxpayers who are paying the bill,” the petition says. “I’m confident Governor Walker’s reforms will succeed in Wisconsin. Stand strong, Scott — average taxpayers everywhere are rooting for you.”
For Pawlenty, the gambit is simple: As a former union member who’s been more willing to speak out on labor matters in the past, he could own the issue and score points with Republican primary voters, who might be inclined to support Walker.
Is this the move for which Pawlenty has been waiting to propel himself out of the pack?
I’m beginning to think I could be convinced about Pawlenty.
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