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Tim Pawlenty attacked by activists with glittery confetti in San Francisco

Pawlenty Tim Pawlenty was minding his own business running for president, signing books at an American Health Insurance conference Thursday when two women representing Reproductive Rights and CODEPINK sprinkled pink, glittery confetti on the former Minnesota governor.

Complaining that the Republican doesn't have "the courage to stand up for gay rights and women's reproductive rights," the two women opened manila folders filled with confetti and doused the man who in 2010 vetoed a Minnesota bill that would have allowed gay couples the right to the remains of their deceased partner.

"Marriage –- defined as between a man and woman –- should remain elevated in our society at a special level, as it traditionally has been," Pawlenty explained in regard to the "Final Wishes" bill that would have also given domestic partners rights to sue in wrongful death cases.

"I oppose efforts to treat domestic relationships as the equivalent of traditional marriage. Accordingly, I am opposed to this bill," the conservative said.

A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows Pawlenty is gaining awareness among American voters, but as Neil King Jr. wrote today, "the more voters get to know him, the more blah they are."

Maybe he should keep the confetti in his hair?

Pawlenty shouldn't feel singled out by the activists. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had the glitter treatment applied to him recently, too.

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Gingrich gets glittered:



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-- Tony Pierce

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This is completely wrong. No matter which political side you are on. Protest is one thing, but this is more of an attack. It reeks of immaturity. Code Pink does themselves no favors. It makes me think of them as more of pranksters than serious people devoted to a cause. Shame on them.

Laugh it off and move on.

Pawlenty: Read "A Single Man" by Chris Isherwood, change your stance on the "Final Wishes" bill, and then admit that you are totally gay. (But I still won't vote for you.)

ps: that video is awesome.

I am Happy to see we have a canditate in Tim Pawlenty That has the courage to stand up for what is right & for Christian rights.

Oh, that's pathetic. I just ask that people not assume that all (or even most) gays approve of this behavior.


This is stupid. How much longer before someone get the wrong idea? If some tea party member did this to Pelosi, Reed or especially Prez Obama they would be branded as a racist. Go do something better with your time.

Really, LA Times? You call dumping pink glitter on someone an 'attack'? Is Pawlenty such a fragile crybaby that he makes a china teacup look like battle armor?


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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