Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Romney adviser, said Huntsman "did not have the advantage of creating this team over time before the campaign."
Jowers said he doesn't "read anything into this personnel move. It's still very early in the campaign, and it's natural for any campaign to adjust personnel once the teams in place."
That may well mean more changes to come, he said.
"With the Huntsman campaign presumably looking for a bump in poll numbers or other good news, I would not be surprised to see more staff reviews as they take the campaign to the next level," Jowers said.
Utah World Trade Center CEO Lew Cramer, a longtime Huntsman friend, said Huntsman is still running hard.
"I certainly see total commitment to victory," Cramer said. "And a plan for that."
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