Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty peers
straight ahead in a dark suit with the state Capitol behind him in
an official portrait that will forever hang in the building.
Pawlenty opted against a symbol-laden painting to commemorate
his time as governor as several of the previous 38 have. He says it
reflects the serious times in which he governed.
The portrait was unveiled Monday night at a ceremony for family,
friends, staff and supporters. It will formally take its place for
public view on Tuesday.
The portrait unveiling leads off Pawlenty's most visible week
since leaving the presidential race in August.
He'll appear on Minnesota Public Radio on Tuesday for his first
extensive interview. On Sunday, he'll appear on "Meet The Press"
to vouch for the candidacy of former opponent Mitt Romney.
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