Republican Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who is a potential candidate for President in 2012, will be hosting a fundraiser for Rick Scott, the Republican candidate for Governor of Florida, later in the month according to the Miami Herald.
The fundraiser for Scott, who campaigned as a political outsider unencumbered by potential political paybacks, is a $10,000-per-head private dinner held at the Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club in Naples, Scott’s hometown. The money will be collected by the Republican Party of Florida.
Pawlenty is one among many of his Republican colleagues who bashed President Obama’s stimulus package, and then turned around and accepted the funds for his state, along with taking credit for it. In Pawlenty’s case, he wrote a formal request for $236 for Medicaid from the stimulus funds.
Pawlenty also recently earned an “A” on his Cato Institute “report card” for his anti-tax views and his “budget cutting.”
Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota has proposed pro-growth reforms, opposed tax increases, and been a relatively frugal budgeter. He has proposed cutting the state’s high and uncompetitive corporate franchise tax, and he has repeatedly vetoed giant tax-hike packages passed by the legislature, including increases to gasoline taxes, beer taxes, wine taxes, and income taxes. Under Pawlenty, state general fund spending rose modestly between FY03 and FY08 and has decreased substantially since then. The governor has also proposed a state constitutional amendment to limit general fund spending.
So naturally, it’s fitting that he would hold a $10,000 per person fundraiser for a billionaire with similar pro-business, anti-tax, interests. Oh, and of course, there’s that whole Medicare fraud thing…
Here’s the invitation, should you be interested in helping out an “outsider” like Rick Scott with a little cash, since he’s already invested so much of his own in his race for Governor: