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Pawlenty Next Up at Conservatives’ Meeting

Bill Clark/Roll Call

MANCHESTER, N.H. ó The Granite Oath political action committee has confirmed former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty as its second featured guest, according to PAC founder Ovide Lamontagne.

Pawlenty committed during a private meeting earlier in the week in Lamontagneís Manchester law office on the second day of the prospective presidential candidateís two-day New Hampshire tour.

ďIt will be fairly soon. Iím not sure whether itís February or March,Ē Lamontagne told Roll Call.

Lamontagne, a tea party favorite, nearly knocked off Sen. Kelly Ayotte in last fallís GOP Senate primary. He launched the PAC last month. It is designed to both promote conservative dialogue among the likely 2012 presidential contenders and direct financial resources to conservative state and federal candidates.

The PAC hosted its first meeting with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) earlier in the month. Roughly 150 people attended the meeting, held in Lamontagneís Manchester home.

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