This is going to hurt him. Just like Huckabee releasing that criminal that committed those crimes will come back to haunt him as well if he decides to run for president. Pawlenty's supporters will think this is nothing but you have to hold this against him because it was his dicision alone that was the catylist of letting this guy go. Oh well. Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota Political analysts say a pardon Gov. Tim Pawlenty granted to a sex offender could haunt him on the presidential campaign trail _ but only if the Minnesota Republican emerges as a serious contender. Pawlenty was on a board that pardoned Jeremy Giefer, who was 19 when he was charged with having sex with his 14-year-old girlfriend, whom he later married. The 36-year-old Vernon Center man is now charged with sexually abusing another girl, allegedly more than 250 times, both before and after he was pardoned in 2008.