Lexington, South Carolina (CNN) – Jon Huntsman's campaign in South Carolina is growing.
The former Utah governor, who is making South Carolina a key part of his Republican nomination strategy, has tapped Republican operative and former Mike Huckabee adviser Adam Piper to be his political director in the state.
Piper joins a team led by Joel Sawyer, the campaign's state director, and Richard Quinn, Hunstman's South Carolina general consultant.
The addition of Piper gives Huntsman a connection to both the grassroots and establishment sides of Republican politics in the state.
Piper has worked for Quinn, a fixture in party politics for years, and served as Attorney General Alan Wilson's campaign manager in 2010. He is close to former Gov. David Beasley and the family of the late Gov. Carroll Campbell.
Piper is also an officer in the state Republican Party and is familiar with many of the activists who helped Huckabee to a close second place finish to Sen. John McCain in the 2008 South Carolina primary.