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Rosemount, 55024

Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

ST. PAUL - Minnesota Democratic legislative leaders thought relations with Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty were going well.

Then he told a Minnesota Chamber of Commerce audience: "You don't celebrate getting out of Weight Watchers by going over to the all-you-can-eat buffet. So our message to the Legislature is: 'Push away from the table. Put your fork down.'"

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Assistant Senate Majority Leader Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, was not laughing. A lot of people "might not be very happy with his analogy," Clark said.

A day before Pawlenty criticized Democrats for wanting to expand too many state programs, he met with legislative leaders in what Clark called "a mid-session temperature taking." She said the meeting was "very cordial."

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