(CNN) - The Utah State Democratic Party accused former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman of pandering to the Republican Party one day before he is expected to announce his bid for the White House.
State Party Chair Wayne Holland said Utah voters are disappointed in Huntsman's flip flopping positions on the recovery act, health insurance and cap and trade.
"Huntsman's changed positions so quickly over the past few days it's enough to give Utah voters whiplash," Holland said on a conference call with reporters Monday. "It comes off not as honest, but as a dishonest expression of his values, as coldly calculating political efforts to win over Republican primary voters."
"It is pandering and not consistent with who he has been in the past and who Utah voters expected him to be," he added.
Before serving in the Obama administration as U.S. ambassador to China, Holland said Huntsman was a moderate voice in Utah, supporting the recovery act, looking favorably upon mandated health insurance and supporting cap-and-trade as the "only alternative to a carbon tax."
As an all-but-declared candidate for president, Holland said the former two-term governor is taking a page out of the Mitt Romney playbook, "running fast from his previous positions." Huntsman has recently criticized President Obama's handling of the economy and his health care reform bill.
"People across the country know Mitt Romney for years now as someone who's changed positions drastically," Holland said. "They haven't seen that from Huntsman."
Romney, like Huntsman, is a former Mormon governor with ties to the Beehive State. Both men will visit the state next week.
The Utah Democrats also posted a web spot Monday mocking a Huntsman ad that featured the former governor riding a motorcycle.
"In 1 day. He has reversed positions he took as Governor," the ad read. "Riding away from his record."
Tim Miller, a spokesman for Huntsman, said Holland's "distortions don't pass the smell test."
"Governor Huntsman led Utah as an economic conservative, cutting taxes, balancing budgets, and passing free market health care reforms without a mandate," Miller said. "That is the record he will run on."