I say 'unbelievably' because all of the remaining candidates have been strong on crime and punishment. You should really read each candidate's potential "problem." Pawlenty has the most too worry about, but even his "problem" is nothing that he should get blamed for.
Pawlenty’s pardon problem involves Jeremy Geifer, who had been convicted in a statutory rape case involving a 14-year-old girl he later married. Geifer had been described by everyone in his life as a model of reform, which eventually led to a 2008 pardon by a three-person board led by Pawlenty.
But late last year, Geifer was accused of sexually assaulting another underage girl more than 250 times. Pawlenty moved swiftly, asking for a probe into whether Geifer lied on his pardon application and pushing to close down a day care run by his wife.