Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is expected to return to Iowa on April 1 and 2, and is planning a spring campaign announcement. In addition, he just filed papers with the Federal Election Commission forming an organization to explore seeking the 2012 Republican nomination for president.
There is no secret that Pawlenty plans to make a run, he has visited Iowa several times in the past 16 months.
In 2012 he has lined up the support of a team of seasoned Iowa campaign operatives including West Des Moines consultant Eric Woolson. Woolson was a top Iowa adviser to winning caucus campaigns in 2008 and 2000 and would be fill a senior communication role.
In addition to Woolson, Iowa Republican operatives Chuck Larson and Karen Slifka have also been Pawlenty advisers, as have former national GOP strategists Terry Nelson and Sara Taylor, both Iowa natives.
He is also expected to name staff to lead his preparations for Iowa’s caucuses, and is planning an early April return to the leadoff caucus state.
The Associated Press reported that Pawlenty plans to announce the next step in his investigation of a White House bid at 2 p.m., with an entry on his Facebook page.