Don't call former Gov. Tim Pawlenty "boring," says the co- chair of the Minnesota Republican's presidential campaign committee.
"I never heard this criticism of Tim Pawlenty ever in Minnesota politics," former Minnesota congressman Vin Weber told Andrea Mitchell Reports. "I think when people get to know him, they'll feel he has a charisma that is deep and endearing to people. He relates to average people probably better than just about anybody I've seen in politics."
Weber also said Pawlenty, who officially announced his candidacy Monday to a crowd in Iowa, is "doing pretty well" raising money for his campaign.
"Nobody is going to be in the Romney class,” he said of the perceived front runner, Mitt Romney. “Mitt Romney has personal wealth, a donor base nationally that he developed last time, and he's kept it up over four years."
But Weber says the large funds the former Massachussetts governor has amassed will not deter Pawlenty from running a competitive campaign.
"[We] have all the money we need to run a campaign in all the early states particularly and capable of ramping up from there if we have success,” Weber said. “I don't worry about that at all."
Fred Malek, co-chairman of the finance committee for John McCain's 2008 campaign, echoed Weber's belief that Pawlenty is a strong candidate, saying Pawlenty is one of the "three former governors all of whom are outstanding...Any one of the three will be an outstanding candidate [and a] great president." Malek has not yet endorsed a candidate. The other two governors – Romney and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.