Pawlenty: three terms is too many for Gov.

I’d like to take a moment to wish Gov. Perry a speedy recovery from his bicycling accident last night.  For those of you who missed it, the governor broke his collarbone while mountain biking near his home Tuesday night.  Get well soon.

In other governor news, Tim Pawlenty was on Sean Hannity last night discussing his political future, among other topics.  He said something intriguing that Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News caught, as well (full transcript available at that link).  As a two-term governor of Minnesota, Pawlenty said he would not seek re-election to that office.  Like Texas, Minnesota has no term limits, but “we do have common sense and good judgment, and we’re also good about taking turns … And so like everything else there’s a season in life, and eight years is enough,” Pawlenty said.

Many have speculated that Pawlenty might make a run at the White House in 2012, but he was mum on the topic with Hannity.  Although I’m sure he missed the Pawlenty interview last night, I have no doubt Perry’s staff caught him up on the Minnesota governor’s remarks today.  Perry’s re-election hinges on voters not being turned off by politicians holding executive office for, in his case, 14 years.

Personally, I see a significant difference in “time in office” between chief executives and legislators.  Term limits are term limits, but when one person holds the veto power and ability to nominate various officials for state agencies, that’s a tremendous amount of centralized power for an extended period of time.

Pawlenty’s comments continued:

“I’ve talked to a lot of governors that have served three terms without naming names, I think in their quiet or private moments, confidentially, they’d say you know it wasn’t their best effort that last term.”

Tired of reading?  Watch the interview here:


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