Pawlenty says it is time to leave
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty will not be around for a third term, but today promised to remain active as the state's chief executive.
"This is not a wake," the 48-year-old governor said in announcing he would step down after his second four-year term ends early in 2011.
Pawlenty said he has not thought about what his next political step may be, although Republicans across the country like him as a potential presidential contender.