Washington (CNN) - Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's presidential campaign fired back at former eBay CEO Meg Whitman after she described the Republican candidate as a career politician.
Whitman, who mounted an expensive but unsuccessful bid for the California governorship in 2010, made the criticism in a Reuters story this week about the competition for GOP donors between Huntsman and and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Reuters did not print Whitman's exact remarks, but wrote in the story that she "cast Huntsman as a career politician and Romney as a businessman."
Whitman has been one of Romney's biggest supporters for years.
Her remarks prompted a sharp retaliation from Huntsman's communications director Matt David. David also questioned Romney's political record.
"Meg Whitman's comments are puzzling considering, as CEO, she shipped over 1,000 eBay jobs from California to Gov. Huntsman in Utah, which was the fastest growing state under his pro-business policies," David said in a statement Thursday.
"What's more, the only thing separating the length of Romney's political career from Governor Huntsman is that Romney's lost two elections - and Huntsman's two for two," David added. "If I were advising Meg Whitman, I would recommend she not brag about losing elections."