Huntsman loses advance man
August 20th, 2011
01:04 PM ET
3 years ago

Huntsman loses advance man

(CNN) - Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman lost another member of his presidential campaign team Friday when Lanny Wiles handed in his letter of resignation.

Wiles, who served as John McCain’s advance man during his 2008 presidential bid, also handled advance for Huntsman.

But he resigned from the former U.S. ambassador to China’s campaign in favor of returning to work in the private sector.

“Governor Huntsman was extremely grateful for the help of a political icon like Lanny who was instrumental in getting the campaign off the ground,” Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller said.

“He wishes him nothing but the best as he returns to his lobbying practice.”

Wiles’ departure follows that of his wife, Susie, who stepped down as campaign manager in July, exactly one month after Huntsman launched his bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

Huntsman has been stuck in the low single digits of polling for support since he announced in June.


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Joe

    Huntsman needs all the help he can get. As the only sane, ethical and/or competent Republican running for president, he's going to have a hard time getting the nomination.

    August 20, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. rick s.

    Again, who is this guy and why report on him but not Ron Paul? I'm sick of hearing about Pery, Bachmann, Palin(who isn't even in the race) and Mitt Romney didn't even come close. Huntsman came in dead last in Iowa but you'll still do pieces on him but not Ron Paul. Do you think that the American people don't see how you're obviously ignoring the proverbial "elephant in the room?" I thought this was America where Americans decide the direction of the country, but more and more I'm seeing that politicians and the mainstream media just do and report on what they're told by the powers that be. I quote rockefeller "Give me control of a countries money and I care not who makes its laws." Thats a pretty scary thought from one of American histories richest banking families.

    August 20, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    The rats are leaving the sinking ship...funny, the ship never even left the dock. He should save his money and wait another 4 years.

    August 20, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. thomas

    Good , regroup , be a leader , rats always jump ship and go for the cheese !

    Good Luck in 2016 !

    August 20, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Sorensen

    Mr. Huntsman is the only guy in the GOP gang with common sense, IQ, style, class and honesty.
    If only he had the balls to speak up about what he really thinks.
    Too bad he is a republican. He could go a long way in the democratic party.

    August 20, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Huntsman is a LOSER. He might appeal / fool some Obama supporters but personally, I can't stand the guy. I can't wait for him to completely fold up his ACT and go home. Good riddance!

    August 20, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Matthew

    Again, I really believe you guys cuddle this guy. How bout asking him real questions. He says he would Govern like he did in Utah. Here is the problem, Governors dont have to pay for military/ homeland security/ Social security/ I could go on & on!!!! How would he pay for these things a Goveror does not have to. Its a fair question!!!!

    August 20, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. bb

    Huntsman, you're a good guy, but you are running in the wrong party. We'd be lying if we said you look like you are seriously into this campaign, and as a Republican? No wonder you're not enthused.

    August 20, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Nija

    I thought you got some knowledge from China on how to beat your boss?

    August 20, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. DENNA

    Rats & sinking ships just don't go together. Anyway he hasn't a chance. "Mr. Secede from the United States" will be the Tea Party choice, thereby dooming the Rethugs to another four years of barking dog status.

    August 20, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. Henry

    As the only sane person that Republicans have to offer, it is a shame that Huntsman is underappreciated. This Republican party of today is so destructive but yet so popular with its base. I scratch my head wondering why these people act the way they do. I sometimes (well often) think they are deranged. Their politics has nothing to do with fiscal conservatism or any other conservatism; it is simply a backward and mean-spirited approach to life that they subscribe to. But, as marchers to the beat of their pastors, what to expect. These people are warped. This is not the America that once was great and it is not the Democrats who are tearing it down unless cowardice is an action of some type.

    August 20, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Matthew

    I stand behind that, This is like Karl Rove & FOX, Gimmie a kiss interview

    August 20, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. VistaPoint

    Rather unfortunate, because Jon Huntsman is probably the best of the GOP candidates.

    August 20, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. FM

    I do wonder why Lanny Wiles took so long to realise that Huntsman is not in to win it, just for name recognition only. He doesn't share any value with those he is asking to nominate him. He is not thankful to those who offered him the job (Ambassador to China), which was the ladder to where he is now. Without support from either of these two different sides, how on earth is he thinking he will make it to the White House?

    August 20, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |