Why can't we be friends?
Conservative groups near and far once lauded Gov. Pawlenty as a hero that stopped the DFL tax and spend machine. My, how things have changed. Now, these groups, like the Taxpayers League of Minnesota (see yesterday’s op-ed) and Americans for Tax Reform attack Pawlenty with a passion that one would think should be saved for the Democrats.
It all started when Pawlenty announced his plans to get a fair share of casinos in
The response from the Americans for Tax Reform was not as venomous. Ran by Republican power broker Grover Norquist, ATR was one of the first groups that started floating that GOP ’08 shortlist that included Pawlenty. Unlike Strom, Norquist started attacking Pawlenty after the cigarette fee came about. ATR one-upped Strom by purchasing television ads (Source: “Ad attacks Pawlenty cigarette revenue increase,” Star Tribune,
With friends like this, who needs enemies?
What these groups seemed to have forgotten is that the DFL proposed an income tax increase on the top wage earners in
I too will cede a point to Strom: Pawlenty needs to make nice with the base if he wants to get reelected by a wide margin. However, groups like the Taxpayers League need to meet Pawlenty half way on this and tout his conservative record, such as the veto of the gas tax and resigning of the conceal and carry law.
If conservative advocacy groups want Mike Hatch to be the next governor of