Huntsman staffs up in South Carolina
June 29th, 2011
03:03 PM ET
3 years ago

Huntsman staffs up in South Carolina

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.


Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • South Carolina
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    I really doubt any of this will make a difference for Huntsman. I think Herman Cain has a better chance than him.

    June 29, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    Huntsman sounds the least creepy in a crowd of creeps, but in a creepy state like South Carolina you won't get far in their creepy GOP without being one of the creepy-ist.

    June 29, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Frank

    Yes, she does. I know

    June 29, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Get A Grip

    Huntsman is nothing but a Democrat pretending to be a Republican.

    June 29, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Bill from GA

    Huntsman's only hope is to appeal to intelligent repugs. What is he doing in South Carolina; those people are dumber than here in Georgia, even. That's Bachmann territory.

    June 29, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Mr. Downlow strikes again....

    June 29, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Clear Thinking Independent Voter

    How, honestly in Jon Hunstman substantially different from Barack Obama? He's a moderate – a RINO at best.

    – he supports civil unions for gays
    – he supports Cap &Trade; he believes in global warming,
    – he wants the US out of Afghanistan FASTER than Obama
    – he philosphically supports the individual mandate for universal healthcare
    – he worked for H. Clinton; who works for Obama & supported the administrations policies in China
    – he's civil & genteel in manor; like Obama
    – he's for increased revenue to close the budget gap

    Huntsman seems to be a nice [white] guy, with a telegenic family. He looks different on the outside but philosphically, his actions would say he is closer to the President's views than Newt Gingrich's views.

    I see no reason to change horses; especially with Obama on stride. It's not worth the risk.

    June 29, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. NYC REPUB

    Obama 2012.

    June 29, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. berry

    S. Carolina? This state has,nt "Evolved from the Civil War Loss? Flying their Confederate Flag,and referring to people from any other state,as "Yankees" S.Carolina voters need to know, " Scientist have said for decades, "You can climb out of the trees now, "We can walk upright! Sorry,ya,all deserved that one! Try it, it,s fun?

    June 29, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. bb

    2/3's of the state of SC won't vote for you, Huntsman. And you can forget about seniors in every state by your supporting the Paul Ryan medicare-nixing plan.

    June 29, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds

    An SC office? He's gonna need lots of extra clown makeup if he's gonna try hanging with the crazies down there.

    June 29, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |