Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is expected to announce the formation of a presidential exploratory committee Monday, a source close to Pawlenty said.
The 3 p.m. announcement will be exclusive to supporters on Facebook. To access the message, supporters must “like” Pawlenty’s Facebook page.
The move pushes the expected 2012 candidate one step closer to officially running for president. He has already begun hiring staff in early primary states — including Eric Woolson in Iowa two weeks ago — and is coming off a nationwide book tour that took him to Iowa, New Hampshire and Florida.
Last month, Pawlenty held a luncheon and political briefing in Washington, D.C., for supporters. Minnesota GOP Reps. Erik Paulsen and John Kline have been assisting Pawlenty with Hill outreach as he actively woos Members of Congress.
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.