Huntsman backer called traitor as Romney rivalry splits Utah

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  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Jan. 12, 2012 9:22 a.m.

    this hasn't "split" utah. there are only eight utahns that want jonny jr.

  • lsteinbentley South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 10:47 p.m.

    Why waste time, Huntsman hasn't got a prayer of winning. All Republicans need to get behind the one and only candidate that has a true chance of beating Obama, MITT ROMNEY. Besides he is the best choice.

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    per ParkCityAggie | 4:41 p.m. Jan. 10, 2012

    "Huntsman is the only candidate who comes off even near level headed."

    And that is exactly why he won't succeed in the current incantation of the GOP.

  • whoisjohngalt Holladay, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 9:02 p.m.

    I'm LDS and I support the Constitution and Ron Paul who defends it.

  • bricha lehi, ut
    Jan. 10, 2012 7:05 p.m.

    If you will all think back to when huntsman announced his run for presidency, I remember reading a lot of comments about how offended many utahns were that he announced in new Jersey instead of Utah. Considering the warmth he is still receiving in the state I can't say that I blame him

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 5:43 p.m.

    I voted for Huntsman twice. Never again. Romney would smash him in Utah.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 5:40 p.m.

    I like both candidates. I think both would make excellent Presidents. As to who I am voting for, I am thinking I should vote for either CHS85 or Pagan. Any one else?

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 4:49 p.m.

    Huntsman has no chance so why do we care here in Utah. By the time the Utah primary rolls around in June Huntsman won't even be in the race anymore.

  • ParkCityAggie Park City, Ut
    Jan. 10, 2012 4:41 p.m.

    I love all of the Huntsman bashing. He left office with one of the highest approval ratings of any sitting Gov. in recent memory/history. Huntsman was successful because, for the most part, he was able to unite people. In my opinion, he's the only one with a chance at beating Obama. The Republicans may want a staunch conservative, but Republicans often forget, especially after a successful mid-term election, that the vast majority of the American people are NOT righ-leaning, and are much more likely to vote for a moderate. Obama has positioned himself well, despite the blowhards on the right-leaning radio and TV saying otherwise. Americans don't want too far one direction, yet Republicans seem bent on this, and it will be do their demise. If Romney gets the nomination, it wont be without a lot of airing of dirty laundry as we're seeing in the early primaries. Huntsman is the only candidate who comes off even near level headed. He really is the only one in that group who can get so-called "independent" voters to vote for him. He's your best shot at the President.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 4:35 p.m.

    Huntsman is too close to the Obama administration to be a viable candidate to withstand the campaign against him if he runs for President. President Obama has too much insider information to use against the man who was his boss. Everytime Governor Huntsman is shown in New Hampshire there is something about his smile, dress and appearance that is not natural. His wife may have been by his side but she does not seem comfortable in that environment. To see her like that for 4-8 years in the White House area living that kind of life, she will have to be different also. Campaigns take every drop of blood out of people and the energy they need to drive through the throngs everyday for a year or two prior to their terms.

    Long road for a person that does not seem to be in step with anyone else.

  • davidutefan Evanston, WY
    Jan. 10, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    I love the anti-Huntsman comments. Do you forget he was re-elected with something like 88 per cent of the vote. I believe he he even got more Democratic votes than the Democrat that ran against and now, most of the people in Utah are willing to throw a popular, moderate Utahn under the bus for who? a corporate raider from Massachusetts that can't changes from liberal to conservative and back again as the election requires. Mark my words, if Romney wins the Republican nomination, he suddenly stop playing the extreme conservative and suddenly become a moderate again. At least Huntsman doesn't change with the blowing winds. I'm a Democrat that has never voted for a republican for president. I would reconsider should Huntsman win the nomination. So would a lot of other democrats disenchanted with Obama. Any others and I would still plug my nose and vote for Obama.

  • Tami Herriman, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 4:06 p.m.

    Huntsman for some reason did a complete 180 within a few months after he started his second term. He came out for gay rights and liberalizing our liquor laws. There was movement afoot for a recall when he conveniently got a new job and exited the state and the country. Many Utahns felt like we had been hit between the eyes good! I for one would not vote for him for dog catcher and I certainly won't vote for him for president.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 3:51 p.m.

    'But did either guy organize a community?' - Carnak | 3:23 p.m. Jan. 10, 2012

    **'Osama bin Laden Killed: 'Justice Is Done,' President Says' - By DEAN SCHABNER - ABC News - 05/01/2011

    **'We have been waiting for this moment': Libya confirms Gadhafi is dead' - MSNBC - 10/20/2011

    **North Korean Leader Kim Jong II dead at age 69 AP Published by KSL 12/18/11


    President Obama has held the highest office in the country for the better part of 3 years. And ended a war based on a complete fabrication.

    What did a successful businessman do?

    **Firm dissolves after giving pro-Romney PAC $1 million By Ken Thomas AP Published by DSNews 08/04/11

    Cashed a check. From somebody.


  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 3:24 p.m.

    'Huntsman was a poor governor who went against the majority of his state's citizens.' - BigRich | 3:00 p.m. Jan. 10, 2012

    The majority does not always choose the correct course of action.

    As supported by:

    Missouri executive order 44, October 27, 1838.

    Huntsman has no chance with Republicans because he DARES to put his country, before his party.

    And as such, Utah has become so blindly partisan, they simply REFUSE to support anyone without a 'R' by their name.

    Want some examples of what this leads too?

    Should I point out the $13 million, federally tax funded settlement due to Herberts endorsment?


    *'Utah House Majority Leader Kevin Garn resigns' - By Richard Piatt, Mark Hamilton - AP - Published by KSL - 05/13/10

    'SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's House majority leader resigned from the Legislature Saturday, two days after acknowledging he paid a woman $150,000 to keep quiet about a nude hot-tubbing incident that took place a quarter century ago when she was a teenager. (sic)
    House Speaker David Clark accepted Garn's resignation Saturday afternoon and offered an explanation about why the House applauded Garn's confession Thursday night.'

    The standing, ovation, to Kevin Garn when he resigned?

  • Carnak Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 3:23 p.m.

    But did either guy organize a community?

    That's what we really need.


  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 3:22 p.m.

    Huntsman was an excellent governor, and is by far the best candidate for the Republican nomination for president. Huntsman is clearly the class of the group. Romney isn't even a close second.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 3:08 p.m.

    @Fitness Freak

    "Utahns were ELATED to have his employment here terminated when he got hired by team Obama!"

    You mean you were ONE UTAHN who was elated. Governor Huntsman's approval ratings were over 80% at the time he resigned to become the ambassador to China.

    While you may not have liked him as a governor, most of us did, so please just speak for yourself and not all Utahns.

  • BigRich Orem, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 3:00 p.m.

    Huntsman was a poor governor who went against the majority of his state's citizens. Had he been the governor he thinks he was, the majority of Utah republicans would be for him and not Romney. Just the arrogance is enough to turn me away.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 2:22 p.m.

    'We elected Huntsman as guv. thinking (oddly)that if he had money, he MUST be good. We were mistaken.' - Fitness Freak | 2:11 p.m. Jan. 10, 2012

    And yet, the same Utah Republicans claim Mitt Romney is 'good' for America because he is a...

    sucessful businessman.


    **'Firm dissolves after giving pro-Romney PAC $1 million' - By Ken Thomas - AP - Published by DSNews - 08/04/11

    Dosen't matter that some of that money can come from out of the country. By firms (people) that only exist 24hours.

    Also, using the phrase 'terminated' about Huntmsans term as Gov. of Utah implies that it was ended, at the request of his employers.

    The Utah voter.

    But no one seems to have an issue with Sarah Palin, the Republican media darling, who quit her first term as Gov. of Alaska, halfway through.

    Huntsman, served his country.

    Can many posters on here say the same?

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 2:11 p.m.

    I'm not sure its much of a "split"!

    More like 80% backing Romney, 10% for Huntsman, and 10% for Obama.

    We elected Huntsman as guv. thinking (oddly)that if he had money, he MUST be good. We were mistaken.

    Utahns were ELATED to have his employment here terminated when he got hired by team Obama!

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 1:16 p.m.

    I liked Huntsman best when he was in China.

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    I wish more people would take a good look at Jon Huntsman. If they did, I think they would like what they see.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    'Huntsman Backer Called Traitor as Romney Rivalry Splits Utah' - Title

    Oh yeah. Utah ONLY votes for the most 'qualified' person. (Sarcasm)

    But only, if they are Republican.