Deseret News reports on John Huntsman Sr.’s (Utah Governor John Huntsman Jr’s Dad) work for Romney.
“I don’t want to get involved in situations that would bring the LDS Church into play,” Huntsman told the Deseret Morning News in a telephone interview. “The letters I’m sending out to raise funds all have a disclaimer: This is not because of my church affiliation…”
“I feel it’s important to say that because I don’t want it perceived as a religious campaign of any kind. For me, it’s about the best person who can lead our country at this pivotal point in time,” Huntsman said during a break from touring Huntsman Corp. plants in the Southeast.
For those of you who don’t know who Huntsman is, he is the founder of Huntsman Corporation, a large international chemical company. He is also a finance co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s presidential exploratory committee, as covered in a past post.
Many outside of Utah, may not know that Huntsman Jr. is the Governor of Utah and was an early sign on to McCain’s campaign, along with Utah Atty. General Shurtleff. Many at the time (and still today) wonder why in the world McCain would go to great lengths to sign on the A.G. from such a place as Mormon Utah? The answer? McCain knows Mormon Romney is the real challenger, and likely winner. Has Romney been busy courting people from AZ? Probably not.
The article goes on to say:
Huntsman said he has hosted two events to introduce Romney to potential contributors, in Houston and Philadelphia, and is planning another in New York City. He said he won’t, however, host any events in Utah.
“There are a lot of other folks in Utah who’ll cover those bases. I don’t intend to be one of them,” Huntsman said. “I don’t want to be caught up in anything that’s regarded as church-state.”
But these comments say it all:
“It isn’t like there’s a great split in the family or anything,” Huntsman said. In 2000, for example, he said he supported Elizabeth Dole while his son backed George Bush for the GOP nomination.
Bush won, of course, and the governor expects the same result this time around.
“The governor loves and respects his dad too much to provide an opposing sound bite, but he believes their respective choices in candidates will likely end much like they did in 2000, with the governor riding the winning horse,” his spokeswoman, Lisa Roskelley, said.
What is it about the hubris in the McCain Camp? If you read the article Huntsman Sr. is as kind as could be to his son, yet the Huntsman Jr. can’t avoid the swipe. All I have to say is that McCain stench tends to rub off!