Archive for Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Daughter of former GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty attending KU this fall

August 16, 2011


Republican presidential candidate and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, his wife Mary, and daughters Anna and Mara wave to the crowd after he spoke at the Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. Anna Pawlenty will be a freshman at KU this fall.

Republican presidential candidate and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, his wife Mary, and daughters Anna and Mara wave to the crowd after he spoke at the Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. Anna Pawlenty will be a freshman at KU this fall.

After stepping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, ex-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty did what many other parents are doing this week.

He dropped his daughter off in Lawrence to begin classes at Kansas University.

His daughter, Anna, will be attending school at KU as a freshman in the fall, and plans to major in American studies.

The congressional newspaper The Hill reported that Pawlenty sent an email to his supporters on Monday that shared the news.

“Today, Mary and I are driving Anna to start her freshman year at college,” Pawlenty wrote, according to the paper. “As we reflect on this family milestone, we're reminded of what matters most.”

The former Minnesota governor was spotted Monday night at the Mad Greek restaurant with his daughter by Twitter users.

Several other children of political and famous figures have attended KU through the years.

Alex McCarthy attends KU. She is the daughter of Mike McCarthy, the head coach of the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

Aja James, the daughter of Sly James, the mayor of Kansas City, Mo., also attends the university.

Todd Cohen, a university spokesman, said Susan Ford, the daughter of former President Gerald R. Ford, attended KU briefly in the spring of 1977 to study photojournalism. The son of Frank W. Abagnale, the famous con artist portrayed in the movie “Catch Me If You Can,” also attended the university, Cohen said.


KS 5 years ago

They picked a great university. Family does come first. Hope he had a relaxing dinner at the Greek!

moonflower 5 years ago

She should look fine, her father had no discernible masculine traits

dinglesmith 5 years ago

Agreed. Leave her alone and let her enjoy her college experience.

Scott Kaiser 5 years ago

I was just asking myself, "This is news?" So what? Leave her alone and let her be a Student.

parrothead8 5 years ago

It's not like they're hounding her around town or reporting where she lives. They simply reported that she's going to KU. That news has been reported about pretty much every politicians' kid who has ever gone to college.

George_Braziller 5 years ago

Her secret is safe with me. I had the read the article to even figure out who the hell Tim Pawlenty is. I've never heard the name before.

tolawdjk 5 years ago

I'm surprised it isn't a litmus test for "The Party". I mean a republican candidate sending your daughter to a liberal cesspool like KU? The horror. Were Liberty U and Hillsdale full?

ljwhirled 5 years ago

You are kidding right? Though they want to impose their social conservationism on the rest of us, most conservative leaders want their kids to get a quality education.

That means breadth and depth. Not something that Liberty U and Hillsdale offer.

Leave the abstinence only education stuff for idiots like Palin. The rest of the conservative leadership will quietly provide quality sex education, broad travel opportunities and quality service engagements for their children.

Do what they say, not what they do.

Besides, Tim Pawlenty is pretty main stream. Far too main stream for the right wing of his party.

tolawdjk 5 years ago

PS, I was kidding. The printed word doesn't do sarcasm too well.

beatrice 5 years ago

On the bright side, KU won't have to worry about making accomodations for Secret Service next year.

BruceWayne 5 years ago

I'd hit that...and by that I mean her dad, in the face.

BruceWayne 5 years ago

At least she is not studying art! We all know there is no funding for that.

Bobo Fleming 5 years ago

She must be a basketball fan. Rock Chalk

verity 5 years ago

I so hope she is allowed to be her own person and can enjoy her years at KU like a normal person. Please, LJW and everybody else---leave her alone.

beatrice 5 years ago

In other words, you hope she gets the anonymity enjoyed by her father?

(Sorry, couldn't help myself. I do hope the young woman has a wonderful college experience. I'm sure Kansans and the Lawrence community will treat her right.)

Jan Rolls 5 years ago

Who cares? Other people that aren't losers have kids attending also. Why not write a success story about one of them instead of some rich man's daughter?

Steve Jacob 5 years ago

Pawlenty seemed like a normal guy, so no way he could get the Republican nomination. It hurts he basically got knocked out by a women with no chance to get elected, and he even knows that.

Maddy Griffin 5 years ago

Poor kid. Why would you (LJWorld) put her on blast like that?

Mike Hoffmann 5 years ago

Front page story about a girl going to college? Slow news day.

lawrencechick 5 years ago

I agree, this headline is an embarrassment for Lawrence. The poor girl.

situveux1 5 years ago

I don't know what's more shameful, the JW for printing this, or the comments that follow it.

pace 5 years ago

No reason to pick out freshmen and make it harder on them. Write the story when she graduates. Tacky story.

lunacydetector 5 years ago

i'm surprised this article wasn't written by scott rothschild.

sr80 5 years ago

I think i saw Elvis walking down mass too,i figured inquiring minds would like to know !! Thank you ! Thank you very muucchh !!! is all he said.

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