Why would Russian Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. want to return as governor of Utah?

Run could be one way for Jon Huntsman Jr. 'to stay in the political game,' professor says

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  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    June 11, 2019 4:58 p.m.

    Better question would be, "Why would Utah want Huntsman as Governor again?"

  • CoHawk Littleton, CO
    June 11, 2019 4:08 p.m.

    I am tired of the Huntsman PR tactics! Finish a job before getting another one. He is not going to win a national office and he probably isn’t going to win a State office either. He has succeeded in tiring people of the Huntsman name. He took a risk by running in the middle of the road and got run over in both directions.

  • water rocket , 00
    June 11, 2019 2:10 p.m.

    Huntsan is not a resident of this state, and hasn't been since leaving the governor's office a couple of decades ago. He does not know what is going on here in Utah, and quite frankly, he hasn't done a very good job as ambassador to Russia. His liberal views are even worse than the liberal views our conservative wannabe's have that we currently have as leaders. I liked his father, but he is far from being the man his father was.

  • Tuffy Parker Salem, UT
    June 11, 2019 1:49 p.m.

    No way that I can support electing a "stepping stone" governor. Huntsman had his time and did a fine job while in office but when we elect someone, wouldn't it be nice if they fulfilled their term rather than vacating for political expediency?

  • Pig Frizzle Tremonton, UT
    June 11, 2019 1:36 p.m.

    No more perpetual politicians!
    Mr. Huntsman, thanks for the offer, but like an e-mail from the Nigerian Prince, I’ll really pass!

  • Cougalum St. George, UT
    June 11, 2019 12:48 p.m.

    The only things that are worthy of remembrance about Huntsman are (1) his betrayal of his faith to promote his political ambitions (he wasn’t going through a “struggle” —but rather he was making a politically expedient response to a liberal reporter’s questions) In short he came up short when it was time to defend the faith: a disappointment whether he was a Catholic, Protestant, Jew or LDS. (2) Upon the bitter end to his miserable national campaign performance he was zealous in his criticism of his party and coincidentally one reason he was picked by Obama for China post. The rest of his career has not been noteworthy not in the public or private sectors.

  • Flipphone , 00
    June 11, 2019 11:41 a.m.

    If he runs I will vote for him.

  • Craig Coleman Santaquin, UT
    June 11, 2019 10:11 a.m.

    Jon Huntsman certainly has faults and weaknesses. I don't think laziness is one of them.

  • Florwood American Fork, UT
    June 11, 2019 9:55 a.m.

    I voted for Huntsman as governor back in the day, and really liked what he did as governor. His leaving office early was ok, but in my mind eliminates my ever voting for him as governor again. Leave it early, don't try and come back to it--particularly when your motives may include another early exit.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    June 11, 2019 9:12 a.m.

    It amazes me people would not vote for him because he still has questions about his faith. Not to long ago Elder Holland gave a beautiful talk about the fact that all people have challenges to their testimonies, and ebb and flow with life's experiences. For you all to sit there in judgement of what another believes or disbelieves I think shows a lack of understanding of what most people go through. Read the scriptures, and there are many instances where very religious people had doubts and questions, even the Lord as he hung on the cross. Matt 27:46

    I know few people who through their lives have not had challenges that have not made them ask "why did that happen". So please... at least Huntsman was honest and didn't give the company line to a very personal question.

    I would have no issues supporting Huntsman. He has shown he can work across the party divide, in the most difficult of situations. Surely he could wrangle in personalities in what is Utah Politics... if he can negotiate with the Chinese and the Russians.... under two very different administrations.

  • Rick for Truth Provo, UT
    June 11, 2019 9:03 a.m.

    Just what Utah needs, another RINO “Democrat” to screw up the state government even more. I hear the sheeple voters baghing already.

  • Betcha Waltham, MA
    June 11, 2019 8:56 a.m.

    in answer to your question, Why would Huntsman want to be Governor? a 3 letter answer...... E G O !

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2019 8:54 a.m.


    He has quit every job he has had once he got bored - including governor

    I will not support him because it is not a constituents job to merely keep a detached silver spoon occupied

  • Akman Santaquin, UT
    June 11, 2019 8:54 a.m.

    Or not. Metals glass and plastic yes. Recycling governors? No thank you. He is a great guy and has done a lot of good around the world, but I think Lt. Governor Cox is the man of the day.

  • liberal larry Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2019 8:26 a.m.

    I was a big fan of Huntsman while he was governor, but he seriously damaged his credibility as a leader when he quit his elected office to become ambassador to China.

    He further showed his lack of political savvy with his ill fated run for president. He hadn't laid the groundwork, or done the hard grass roots organizing required of a serious candidate.

    Given his image as talented but a lazy son of a wealthy family, he will have trouble acquiring the gravitas need for office higher than governor!

  • Den Den West Jordan, UT
    June 11, 2019 8:19 a.m.

    Lifelong, professional politicians is not the answer!

    We need to rid Congress and the Senate of them and the state is a good place to start!

  • Maverick10 Taylorsville, UT
    June 11, 2019 7:56 a.m.

    Huntsman is just not the right person for Governor. We need leadership not tied to any party. Especially the Central Committee of the Utah Republican Party. Another distastes headed Utah's way. I have been a Republican my whole life; and now it becomes more and more difficult to vote for a Party that has just plain dissolved into a bunch or name callers that shows very little leadership.

  • quackquack Park City, UT
    June 11, 2019 7:51 a.m.

    Huntsman has my vote !!! Utah allowed these incumbents to run a muck, its amazing how the current legislation raises literally every tax in the state, makes deals like the prison move, inland sea port and UTA even after the Utah citizen has voted against it but some how you re-elect them???

    People your Vote is your power let the Utah legislature know if they dont start working with the people they will no longer hold office.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    June 11, 2019 7:44 a.m.

    If it wasn't for politics, what would independently wealthy men do with themselves when they got bored? "Church service"?

  • ConradGurch Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 11, 2019 7:24 a.m.

    I wish he would run for POTUS! If not he has my vote for Governor!

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    June 11, 2019 7:06 a.m.

    The Republicans have two fine choices in Mr's Huntsman and Cox. Mr. Hughes doesn't even come close to these two.

  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2019 6:30 a.m.

    I thought he was a fine governor, and would be pleased to vote for him once again. However, there's really no secret about why he wants to return to Utah. It's because he knows -- with many of the rest of us who live here -- that it's one of the most spectacular places on the face of the earth. Southern Utah has a great many of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders anywhere. And, here in Salt Lake City, we live on the very edge of the Rocky Mountains, which gives many of us great pleasure. Where else can you live in the heart of downtown but be in the heart of a great wilderness in minutes? Anyone who hasn't bothered to hike some of the terrific trails in the Wasatch is really missing out. To name but one example, the Bowman Trail in Millcreek is one of the greatest possible hiking experiences one can have. (Not right now, of course, as it is still pretty much buried in snow. But go in August, and you'll be quite astonished.)

  • Aggielove Caldwell, ID
    June 11, 2019 6:22 a.m.

    Power and ego drive all this.
    Cause it’s certainly kit the money.
    Or is it????

  • LetsSpeakUp Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2019 6:00 a.m.

    Huntsman as governor? Heck no! The guy won't openly admit his religious convictions. What else would he hide?

  • The_Laird Patchogue, NY
    June 11, 2019 5:47 a.m.

    Huntsman-Kasich or Kasich-Huntsman would make a great GOP Presidential ticket, especially if Trump does not survive all the investigations going on.

  • Zabilde Riverdale, UT
    June 11, 2019 5:40 a.m.

    Of the three most likely candidates so far I would support Huntsman. Cox is too much like Herbert and Hughes has saddled the state with enough billion dollar boon-doggles like the un-needed and unwanted prison move, the Draper UTA station he personally profited from, and so on.

    So at this point if Huntsman runs I'm likely to support him. At least, unlike his former Lt . Governor, Huntsman actually reduced rather than increased taxes. Herbert (and Cox) has yet to meet a tax increase he doesn't love. And Hughes was right there with him on most of them.

  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    June 10, 2019 11:34 p.m.

    What is next for him. Either the POTUS's job or buy an NFL franchise. LOL!

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    June 10, 2019 10:49 p.m.

    I love Huntsman and would gladly vote for him as governor.

  • Chessermesser West Valley City, UT
    June 10, 2019 9:36 p.m.

    Anybody but him.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    June 10, 2019 8:43 p.m.

    Huntsman and Hughes are men among men in our state which is becoming capitol of the world; these two are heavy weights, won't be pushed around and Hughes has done tough work the past few years that zero others attempted to do. Make the old prison the new Manhattan, open it up to the highest bidder and make it a huge park too; world watching Utah, we need leadership.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    June 10, 2019 7:53 p.m.

    Huntsman picking Hughes as his number two makes all the sense in the world. Hughes has the support of delegates and is young enough that he could wait out a Huntsman term (however long that may be). My bet brother s that Huntsman runs and Hughes runs with him.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 10, 2019 6:56 p.m.

    He is a good Ambassador to Russia, and was a good Ambassador to China, and we should thank him for that.

    However, he was a mediocre governor, more show than substance, and we do not need him as governor a second time.

    Let him work with the Huntsman Foundation, or other private jobs. He had his ego scratched for four years, and that's enough.