Mary Pawlenty: I Love Tim Calling Me His ‘Red-Hot Smoking Wife’

Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) and Minnesota First Lady Mary Pawlenty
Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

Minnesota First Lady Mary Pawlenty is just fine with her husband Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a potential presidential candidate, referring to her as “my red-hot, smokin’ wife.”

Pawlenty made the comment while speaking to the Iowa Republican Party in April. “Thank you, Lord, for my red-hot, smokin’ wife,” he said, quoting the Will Ferrell comedy Talladega Nights, a movie about an idiotic NASCAR driver.

“Obviously I can only speak for myself,” Mary Pawlenty told the Minnesota-based ECM newspapers, “but I don’t know a woman alive who wouldn’t love to have her husband refer to her as his ‘red-hot smoking’ wife.”

Latest DC
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: