If there's one thing Tim Pawlenty's campaign will not tolerate, it's talking about how sexy GOP frontrunner Michele Bachmann is.
I mean, think about it from the former Minnesota governor's perspective: It's bad enough to lose to his state's congresswoman in an election, but losing to her in a "Hot or Not?" contest? Now that's crossing the line.
Thus, only hours after Pawlenty's national campaign chairman, Vin Weber, told The Hill about how sexy he thinks Bachmann is, he was forced to apologize.
"She's got hometown appeal, she's got ideological appeal, and, I hate to say it, but she's got a little sex appeal too," Weber told The Hill.
Pawlenty apparently put his foot down, right away:
"You shouldn't use sex appeal in evaluating a candidate's fitness for office," Pawlenty told AP.
Last night, Weber sent out a statement, apologizing:
"I made a mistake that was disrespectful to my friend Congresswoman Bachmann," Weber said. "I've been a Bachmann supporter in her Congressional bids and I apologize. I was not speaking on behalf of Governor Pawlenty's campaign but nevertheless, it was inappropriate and I'm sorry."
Good. That should teach Weber. The next time he wants to talk about hot candidates, he better mention how tall, dark and handsome Pawlenty is.
And, by the way, Michele Bachmann is sexy? Really?