Romney Finds Big Support in Huntsman's Backyard
Now don’t get me wrong; Jon Hunstman Jr. is a swell guy that strives to live up to his father’s legacy. He’s got many traits to admire. I really do like how his presidential chances look… in the year, say, 2020. He was a decent, mostly conservative Governor of my state. Yet, I just don’t feel like now is his time — and judging by the tone of his message and his unwillingness to call Obama out on his failed policies — I honestly think he knows it. It seems to me like his strategy isn’t about winning, it’s about getting some name ID and boxing-out for a rebound in a future race. Heck, the way things work nowadays, he might even be vying for the next big FOX News gig or TV reality series.
If Gov. Huntsman needs any further convincing of that now just isn’t his time, he need not look any further than Utah, the state he governed for nearly two terms (before falling all over himself to serve in Obama’s administration in Beijing then hightailing it to the to the east coast to headquarter his campaign). Romney marked his territory in the Beehive State with the today’s release:
MITT ROMNEY ANNOUNCES SUPPORT OF UTAH OFFICIALS
Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today earned the support of Utah elected officials.
“These endorsements represent the deep level of support that I have enjoyed over the years in Utah,” said Mitt Romney. “I formed a strong bond with many Utah residents and officials during my time running the Olympics and continue to appreciate the support of so many in the state.”
“Throughout his life, Mitt has demonstrated that he isn’t just qualified, but has the leadership needed to be President of the United States,” said Senator Orrin Hatch. “Whether in the private sector, during the Winter Olympics, or as governor, Mitt Romney has the proven record to lead our country and understands that middle-class families, small businesses, and the private sector are the key to a bright future – not government.”
“Utah residents and voters across the country are looking for a change in The White House,” said Congressman Jason Chaffetz. “President Obama has failed to steer our economy in the right direction and has made the environment for job creation even worse. Mitt Romney knows how jobs are created and is the right man at this critical time to lead us toward recovery.”
“Mitt Romney has a record of job creation that the President lacks,” said Congressman Rob Bishop. “We need someone in office who understands how the economy works. President Obama has failed in his mission to create jobs – Mitt Romney has the record to lead an economic recovery.”
“President Obama’s policies have failed to get our country out of this economic downturn,” said Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. “Mitt Romney has shown that he has the experience to grow the economy and create jobs. He led a successful Winter Olympics, created jobs as governor and has the private sector experience that President Obama lacks.”
Announcing his support, Lt. Governor Greg Bell said, “President Obama’s policies have been categorical failures for the country – he has failed to grow the economy and create jobs. Mitt Romney’s record in the private sector and as governor speaks for itself: he created jobs, balanced budgets, and kept taxes low. Utahns clearly want the federal government to balance its budget and stop its insane deficit spending. Mitt is the guy to do that.”
Utah Officials Endorsing Mitt Romney:
· Senator Orrin Hatch
· Congressman Jason Chaffetz
· Congressman Rob Bishop
· Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell
· Attorney General Mark Shurtleff
· State Senate President Michael G. Waddoups
· State Senate Majority Leader Scott K. Jenkins
· State Senate Majority Whip Wayne L. Niederhauser
· State Senate Assistant Majority Whip Peter C. Knudson
*See the remaining 54 endorsements here.
Ouch, that’s 63 elected officials from Huntsman’s backyard that stand with Mitt.
Sorry Jon, no amount of weird country music or motorbike cruises through the desert can calm the sting that comes from being overlooked by the people that know you best. Keep your chin up (but please don’t keep that eyebrow cocked — it’s creepy), and set your sights on the end goal: 2020 will come sooner than you know it!