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Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Tuesday says he soon will begin deciding what parts of the budget to cut since lawmakers adjourned for the year without an overall agreement with him. Staff photo by Don Davis - Minn. State Capitol Bureau

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

Pawlenty, who dropped his own White House bid more than a year ago, had been the most-seen stand-in for Republican candidate Romney.

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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.