Governor Makes Differing Claims

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty continues to be evasive about the potential of getting a Vikings deal done.

When Gov. Tim Pawlenty took over the job from Jesse Ventura, he had big clown shoes to fill. While he's done his best to botch his own conceal and carry law, Pawlenty is walking a strange tightrope when it comes to a stadium.

VU has confirmed at two separate occasions this week, Pawlenty has discussed stadiums for the Twins, Vikings and Gophers, but the results have been different.

One one hand, Pawlenty said he strongly believes in the Vikings and Gophers sharing a facility and wants to see it done. On the other hand, he pulls out his conceal and carry -- call it "lease and letter" -- with the Vikings.

In both meetings where Pawlenty addressed the issue, he has mentioned both the lease the Vikings have at the Metrodome and the letter from late-NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle.

All that can do is infuriate Red McCombs -- or at least make it known that the top man in the state thinks his lease can't be broken. All of this could be bad news for the Vikings if they continue to be pushed back on the stadium priority list and have to stay in the financial pit of the Metrodome.

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