Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman picked up the endorsement of South Carolina's attorney general Monday morning.
Alan Wilson, son of U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, joined the former U.S. ambassador to China and Utah governor for the endorsement event at the South Carolina Statehouse.
About a month ago, Wilson's Director of Public Affairs Adam Piper took a leave of absence from the state attorney general's office to become Huntsman's political director of North and South Carolina.
Huntsman picked up early support in the Southern primary state from longtime state Sen. John Courson, former Attorney General Henry McMaster, and family members of the late South Carolina Gov. Carroll Campbell, all of whom have ties to Huntsman's state strategist Richard Quinn.
Courson introduced Wilson at the statehouse event.
To date, few state lawmakers have thrown their support behind 2012 presidential candidates, partly at the behest of conservative kingmaker Sen. Jim DeMint, who has encouraged officials to "keep their powder dry" and remain neutral through the early part of the primary process.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry received the backing of South Carolina Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler and David Wilkins, former speaker of the state House and U.S. ambassador to Canada.
In early June, Wilson's father endorsed former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who bowed out of the race two weeks ago after coming in a distant third in the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa.
Following the South Carolina endorsement, Huntsman will travel to Indianapolis to speak at an event for the Republican State Party.
Huntsman will announce his jobs plan Wednesday in New Hampshire, a week before his rival for the GOP presidential nomination Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama unveil their own competing plans to jumpstart the nation's economy.