Pawlenty’s People Leaving Capitol in Droves

Budget Commissioner Tom Hanson

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?

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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