Mitt Romney congratulated Tim Pawlenty Thursday for his appointment as CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable, a Washington-based lobbying group for the financial industry. Romney praised Pawlenty's work as national co-chair of his campaign -- a position Pawlenty had to resign in order to assume his new appointment.
“Tim Pawlenty is a dear friend,” said Romney. “He’s brought energy, intelligence and tireless dedication to every enterprise in which he’s ever been engaged, and that certainly includes my presidential campaign. While I regret he cannot continue as co-chair of my campaign, his new position advancing the integrity of our financial system is vital to the future of our country. I congratulate him on his new position and wish him every success in carrying out his new mission.”
“It is an honor to call Mitt and Ann my friends,” Pawlenty said. “My new position as CEO of The Financial Services Roundtable does not allow me to participate in partisan campaign activities. For that reason, I am stepping down from my position as co-chair of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. My work with Mitt has been a privilege. Mitt Romney is a truly good man and great leader. As the campaign moves into the home stretch, he has my full support and continued faith in his vision and his policies.”