The presidential campaign of Republican Tim Pawlenty is out with an advertisement this week that touts his record appointing conservative judges to the Minnesota Supreme Court.
The mention in the 30-second ad is brief, but it makes Pawlenty an early advocate on the issue of judicial nominations during the 2012 election cycle.
Carrie Severino, who praised the ad on the National Review Online’s Bench Memos blog, wrote that it “bodes well for what he might do for the federal courts if he were elected president…. Let’s hope the other Republican hopefuls won’t be far behind.” Severino is chief counsel of the conservative Judicial Crisis Network.
Pawlenty mentions four issues in the ad: government spending, unions, judicial nominations and health care. He says he “appointed a conservative supreme court” and ends the ad with, “If I can do it in Minnesota, we can do it in Washington.”
Pawlenty left office in January after eight years as Minnesota’s governor. His final appointment to the court, David Stras, is a former clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas who taught at the University of Minnesota Law School.