Pawlenty shocks Democrats
ST. PAUL - Minnesota Democratic legislative leaders thought relations with Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty were going well.
Then he told a Minnesota Chamber of Commerce audience: "You don't celebrate getting out of Weight Watchers by going over to the all-you-can-eat buffet. So our message to the Legislature is: 'Push away from the table. Put your fork down.'"
Assistant Senate Majority Leader Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, was not laughing. A lot of people "might not be very happy with his analogy," Clark said.
A day before Pawlenty criticized Democrats for wanting to expand too many state programs, he met with legislative leaders in what Clark called "a mid-session temperature taking." She said the meeting was "very cordial."