Gov. Dayton Rips Pawlenty For Deficit By Michael McIntee | January 30, 2011 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Minnesota Subscribe to Minnesota Follow this author Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton disses his predecessor former Governor Tim Pawlenty for leaving Minnesota with a 6.2 billion dollar deficit while spending too much time campaigning for President. Dayton made the remarks during a passionate speech at AM950 KTNF’s “Blue State Ball” on Saturday night. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.