Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty announced today that Revenue Commissioner Ward Einess will leave his administration effective Dec. 3 to begin his own government affairs practice. Last Wednesday, Pawlenty announced that Commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget Tom Hanson will leave his administration effective Dec. 1, to take a position in the legislative and regulatory practice of the Minneapolis law firm of Winthrop & Weinstine. It’s not abnormal for Pawlenty’s brain trust to leave him with only a month and a half remaining before he is scheduled to vacate the governor’s mansion.
But this all begs the question, what happens if the gubernatorial recount between Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer drags into 2011, and Pawlenty is forced to remain in St. Paul beyond Jan. 3 (a goal that one GOP insider expressed to the Minneapolis Star Tribune? Who will help him run the ship? And how would Pawlenty keep the ship of state afloat until a new skipper takes charge?