Gov. Tim Pawlenty Confirms Participation in RPOF
& FOX News Debate and Announces Additions to Florida
– As his Florida team continues to grow, Gov. Pawlenty today confirmed
his participation in the Republican Party of Florida and FOX News
Debate in Orlando on September 22nd. The Pawlenty for President
campaign also announced that Slater Bayliss has endorsed Gov. Tim
Pawlenty for president and will serve as Florida Co-Chair. In
addition, Bret Prater will help lead Pawlenty for President's efforts
on the ground in Florida.
nation is facing big challenges, and President Obama has failed to rise
to the occasion," Gov. Pawlenty said. "Our nation needs a leader
who doesn't just talk but actually gets things done, and I am excited
to present my record to voters to the RPOC and FOX News Debate."
the months leading up to the debate, Pawlenty for President continues
to gain new endorsements.
Bayliss has a proven record of achievement in both the public and
private sector, and I look forward to him leading my team to success in
Florida,” Gov. Pawlenty said. "We share a commitment to cutting
spending and restoring fiscal discipline, and I am honored by his
the former director of 'Floridians for Responsible Spending,' I admire
Gov. Pawlenty's unwavering dedication to reducing unnecessary
spending," said Bayliss. "As governor of Minnesota, Pawlenty did
not shy away from the oftentimes unpopular decisions necessary to
balance the budget. Unlike President Obama, Pawlenty will make
tough choices to spur economic growth and increase jobs."
Bayliss is a Partner in The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners, a
political and government affairs firm which represents businesses and
organizations before the Florida Legislature and State agencies.
Bayliss previously served as Executive Director of
"Floridians for Responsible Spending." The political committee
was successful in mounting Florida's first statewide campaign to repeal
a mandate from Florida's State Constitution. He has also worked
in Gov. Jeb Bush's office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development,
served as Director of the Republican Party of Florida's Committee of
100, their highest donor level, and was a Bush-Cheney 2004 Maverick and
Victory 2004 Clean-up hitter. Bayliss began his political career
with the Republican Governors' Association in 1996, and he also worked
on Jeb Bush's gubernatorial race in 1998 and George W. Bush for
President Iowa straw poll effort in 1999.
Prater will also help to lead Gov. Pawlenty's efforts in Florida.
Pawlenty is an extraordinary leader who was able to make real
conservative change in a traditionally liberal state," Prater said.
"I look forward to familiarizing Floridians with his record of
Prater has been involved in Florida grassroots campaigning for close to
a decade. Prater organized grassroots in Miami during Bush/Brogan 02,
served as a Regional Victory Director in the panhandle during
Bush/Cheney 04 and has managed statewide projects for the Republican
Party for the past three election cycles. Bret Prater most recently
served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Florida for
the 2010 election cycle. As Political Director, Prater served as
the Florida Victory Director, managed Congressional Affairs and worked
with the statewide campaigns and grassroots leaders around the state."