A look at Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty's new book cover helped end what had been an ongoing source of curiosity here in the Post-Bulletin newsroom. A few months ago, Post-Bulletin reporter John Weiss had spotted the governor posing for professional photos at Frontenac State Park near Red Wing. But Pawlenty's spokesman would never say what those photos were for. Now we know.
Frontenac State Park serves as the background for the cover to Pawlenty's new book — Courage to Stand: An American Story. It features the governor standing on the bluff with Lake Pepin in the background and a tough, determined look on his face.
Pawlenty's book is set to be released on Jan. 1, 2011 after leaving office. The book is being published by Tyndale House Publishers, which offers the following description of the outgoing Republican governor.
"Tim Pawlenty is the two-term Governor of Minnesota. Pawlenty has used innovative and conservative leadership to balance that state's budget, cut spending, reform health care and improve schools without raising taxes. Under his leadership, Minnesota has nation-leading health care, the highest school test scores and a leading economy. Pawlenty has often fought uphill battles as a Republican governor in a very Democratic state. He has been married for over 20 years to his wife, Mary, a former district judge. The Pawlenty's have two teenage daughters."
Pawlenty is considering running for president in 2012 and these sorts of biographies have become the norm for presidential hopefuls.