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Associated press In this 2012 file photo former Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty addresses the 2012 Michigan Republican State Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit. An advisor told the Associated Press Thursday that Pawlenty ruled out a run for political offices in 2014 in Minnesota to take a new job as chief executive of The Financial Services Roundtable, a Wall Street lobbying group.

Pawlenty leaves Romney, lands lobbying gig

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ST. PAUL -- Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty no longer is presidential candidate Mitt Romney's chief surrogate after accepting the top job at a major lobbying group.


The Politico website reported Pawlenty is the new head of The Financial Services Roundtable, a major lobbying organization for financial institutions.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.