by J. Patrick Coolican

Ex-governor shows off his grasp of policy in possible prelude to decision to run.

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty spoke to a packed ballroom at Edina Country Club Friday, as he continued to edge closer to a return to Minnesota politics and another run for governor.

“We’ll have some updates on all of that shortly,” he said when asked about his plans. “Today’s not the day, but shortly.”

Friday was Pawlenty’s last day as CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable, the Washington, D.C.-based lobbying trade association for the nation’s largest banks, which paid him $2.7 million in 2016, according IRS documents.

Pawlenty, who is the last Republican to win a statewide election in Minnesota when he was re-elected in 2006, has begun fundraising for a potential bid but has not officially announced a run.

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