A 'natural' hired to run Pawlenty campaign

Article by: KEVIN DIAZ and JEREMY HERB , Star Tribune staff writers  WASHINGTON - He's…

Georgia (Apr 12, 2011) — Article by: KEVIN DIAZ and JEREMY HERB , Star Tribune staff writers 


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WASHINGTON - He's just a few years out of college, but he's already been dubbed one of the top political "free agents" in Washington. One of his teachers calls him a "natural."

Now Nick Ayers, 28, is taking charge as campaign manager for Gov. Tim Pawlenty's presidential exploratory committee, which is expected to morph into a full-blown campaign in the next month.

"He is without question one of the best political talents in America," Pawlenty said Monday. "His leadership and record of winning tough races in every part of our country will provide even more momentum to our campaign to get America back on track."  …  

… Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University near Atlanta who taught Ayers, said Ayers seemed "older than his years."

"My nickname for him is 'The Natural,'" Swint said. "He is someone who, from a very young age, displayed enormous instinct and talent and just made a real name for himself." 


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