Minnesota Republican creates hashtag for Pawlenty exit

A Minnesota congressman has popularized a Twitter hashtag in recognition of the service of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), who handed the reigns to Democrat Mark Dayton on Monday. 

Rep. Erik Paulsen (R) tweeted Monday, "Thank you @TimPawlenty for 8 great years of leadership and for making MN such a great place to live," and attached the marker "ThanksTPaw."

The hashtag was later picked up by constituents to send messages to the former governor, who himself had posted a farewell tweet Monday morning.

"It has been an extraordinary honor to serve as Minnesota's Governor for the past 8 yrs.Thanks to the people of Minnesota for the opportunity," he said.

Next week will see the release of Pawlenty's new book, Courage to Stand, and the start of a related national publicity tour that will take him to Iowa and New Hampshire — both early deciders in presidential primaries.

Continue following the "ThanksTPaw" hashtag here.