Pawlenty 'happy' in new gig: No more presidential races


What ever happened to former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty? He's living a good life, "rich, relaxed and hanging out in Aspen," BuzzFeed reports in an interview with the former presidential candidate.

Pawlenty last fall became CEO of the influential banking looby group The Financial Services Roundtable, and is enjoying the spoils of post-political life, BuzzFeed reports. “It’s a good gig," Pawlenty tells BuzzFeed during the Aspen Ideas Festival. "I get to stay involved in public policy, which I love and have a lot of passion for ... I get to do it at a leadership level, and the pay’s pretty good. So it’s all good. I’m upright, I’m taking nourishment, and it’s summer so I’m happy.”

A few tidbits from the interview:

Pawlenty praised statistics guru blogger Nate Silver, considered an enemy by many conservatives.

Pawlenty stressed that he has been a supporter of traditional marriage, but he noted, “When you have a vast majority of people under 40 supporting gay rights and gay marriage, that’s a pretty good predictor of what future laws are going to look like."

And Pawlenty says his presidential ambitions are a thing of the past. "I'm not running a second time," he says.

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