Gingrich nabs Huntsman supporter
December 11th, 2011
11:52 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich nabs Huntsman supporter

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Newt Gingrich's campaign is planning to announce he has snatched a high-profile Jon Huntsman supporter in New Hampshire, CNN has learned.

Early Huntsman supporter Richard Brothers, who was listed as one of the candidate's alternate delegates to the national convention, will now join Gingrich's team, the campaign will announce Monday.

Brothers, a former state commissioner of employment security, is set to serve as special adviser for veterans affairs.

CNN has also learned that New Hampshire State Rep. Stephen Stepanek will also join the Gingrich campaign.

The announcement comes as Huntsman and Gingrich plan to meet for a Lincoln-Douglas style debate in Manchester on Monday.

Huntsman entered the presidential primary race to great fanfare but struggled to gain traction in polls and has posted anemic fundraising numbers. Recent polls have shown his support rising to double digits in New Hampshire.

He has concentrated his efforts on running a retail politics-style campaign in the state, and has hosted more than 100 events here.

Gingrich suffered through a summer with dismal polling numbers but has made a comeback in the race and is now considered a front-runner. Recent polls show him in second place in New Hampshire.

- CNN Political Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • New Hampshire • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. BJ

    The gentleman is about the best thing the GOP has onboard. Too bad he won't talk bad about Obama, he doesn't appear to be a racist so he does not appeal to the Teaparty and he is too intelligent for most of the rank and file do as I am told crowd.

    December 12, 2011 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  2. Thinker

    Ron Paul is a real front runner!

    December 12, 2011 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  3. Larry L

    Huntsman falls out as the only sane candidate offered by the Republicans. He should become as Democrat and join the increasingly large population of moderate Democrats moving toward control of the Party.

    December 12, 2011 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  4. dmmaseoseoseo

    Here it is in a nutshell: You need to learn more in respect to.

    December 12, 2011 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  5. Chedar

    Are these Huntsman supporter going banana to support Gingrich? That says what kind of people are packs of GOP. Nothing but snakes out there.

    December 12, 2011 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  6. willie floyd

    Smart move Mr. Brothers–NOT!!

    December 12, 2011 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  7. Bystaner

    There is no loyalty in politics. If I were a politician, I would rather watch my wife.

    December 12, 2011 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  8. Name Independent Thinker

    There seems little loyalty amongst these Republicans, no-one seems to have any staying power. Once your numbers drop in the polls, off the advisors and campaign workers go to yet another hopeful. For me, this seems to be a very telling trait. If they can't be loyal to their candidate, how can they be loyal to the American people.

    December 12, 2011 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  9. Marie MD

    From one loser to another. Not really climbing that ladder are we?

    December 12, 2011 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  10. Bob Moore

    JON HUNTSMAN is anti-establishment & the most successful Governor alive

    :::FACTS::

    as Governor, REFORMED healthcare (w/out mandate), education, & taxes. PEW ranked #1 governed state. Now state #1 eduation spending, #1 JOB GROWTH. WSJ ranked economic plan ***MOST FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE*** often >90% approval in office. Passed pro-life amendments. Safeguarded 2nd amendment. Now, UNLIKE NEWT AND MITT, wants to: end too-big-to-fail, drastically cut deficit, end loopholes, end subisidies, flatten, simplify taxes, reform Congressional lobbying

    :::END FACTS:::

    Newt is polarizing, a DC idea man, not a sturdy leader.

    Romney is a phony. He literally says whatever the majority of his audience wants to hear at any given moment. If he doesn't want to answer a question, he evades it, talks in circles, and changes the subject by attacking Obama. Most of all, he's a PROVEN FAILURE... he left Governor's office with 34% approval!

    Everything that's wrong with Newt and Mitt, is right with Jon Huntsman.

    He's the one! He's the one who can beat Obama and unite this country!

    GIVE HIM A FIRST LOOK!!!

    December 12, 2011 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    ginGRINCH, during ALL of the debates – "arrogantly" rose everyone around him to the TOP as ONE – protecting all of the other candidates on the stage; scorning the media, the pundits, the debate mediators; making such statements as "all” of us on this stage can beat President Obama and would be a better president; he arrogantly lashed out at the mediators stating they are asking “DUMB QUESTIONS and their only goal was to split everyone on the stage apart to fight against each other” and NO ONE, not even the other candidates on the stage, recognized that ginGRINCH was slowly but surely forcing the “short-term memory” audience to LIKE HIM!!

    ginGRINCH stood out as the “protector” of all candidates and then one by one, he KILLED everyone around him. No one really recognized that his poll numbers were rising and about time the other candidates did notice, it was too late. ginGRINCH hypnotized his audience and now he is “drowning” them with false kindness and every one of his followers do not realize it’s all a front!!!

    It’s too late for any of the other candidates to “catch up” with ginGRINCH now. All they have left and all they can wish for is for him to “grab” one of them as his number 2. Another out would be that they ALL gang up on ginGRINCH and expose him for what he is. That is NOT going to work because his followers are seeking for someone other than Romney and they found him.

    ginGRINCH will DIE in the General Election because the “other” audience that was watching – the audience that saw through his attempt to rewrite history – will vote against him!!!

    Obama 2012!!!

    December 12, 2011 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess that the idea that someone who even appears as a moderate has no chance in the GOP. THat is a shame because Huntsman, I think, had the best chance at giving Obama the run for the money.

    December 12, 2011 07:18 am at 7:18 am |