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Tim Pawlenty Named The 'Least Influential' Person Alive By 'GQ'

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GQ named former Republican presidential candidate and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty as the "least influential" person alive in its December 2011 issue.

"T-Paw (as he calls himself) spent much of 2011 as a six-foot-tall paperweight, an aggressively forgettable fellow perfectly suited to the role of debate filler," wrote Drew Magary for GQ. "The $1 million he spent to lose the Iowa straw poll might as well have been burned in front of a group of orphans."

Pawlenty beat out MSNBC host Ed Schultz, country singer Hank Williams Jr., former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Marcus Bachmann, husband of Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), and others for first place.

Pawlenty dropped out of the Republican presidential race hours after coming in third in the Iowa straw poll behind Bachmann and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). He endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president.

Pawlenty recently spoke on a conference call for the Romney campaign, saying that Democrats were attacking the former Massachusetts governor so much because they see him as the strongest candidate.

In October, he said that he would have stayed in the race "if I would have known then what I know now." Pawlenty had over $450,000 in debt from his campaign, according to his third-quarter report ending September 30.

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