Huntsman defector faults candidate's N.H. strategy
December 12th, 2011
11:08 AM ET
3 years ago

Huntsman defector faults candidate's N.H. strategy

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – An early proponent of Jon Huntsman is dropping his support over what he calls mismanagement of the candidate's effort in New Hampshire, and will back Newt Gingrich instead.

Richard Brothers, a former state commissioner of employment security who was listed as an alternate convention delegate for Huntsman, said until recently the candidate's national team did not follow a sound strategy for winning New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary.

"It seems like they didn't listen to the locals early on, and I think that's the reason that his campaign really doesn't seem to go anywhere," Brothers said. "It seemed like the New Hampshire campaign was being run outside New Hampshire for quite awhile."

Brothers said the campaign deployed Huntsman to "the wrong parts of the state," instead of focusing on areas where the moderate politician might have better prospects. He said he raised his concerns "repeatedly" with the national team to no avail.

Now, he said, Huntsman is campaigning more in the Northern and Western parts of the state. But he called the push "too little too late."

The Huntsman campaign released a statement denying Brothers' allegations.

"Richard Brothers has left the campaign and his accusations are false," said spokesman Michael Levoff. "We wish him the best in his future endeavors."

On Monday, Huntsman's campaign released the list of a statewide leadership team comprising 140 individuals from 90 towns in New Hampshire. The move is meant to emphasize Huntsman's organization in the state, where he has concentrated his presidential efforts since moving his headquarters here in September.

Huntsman has hosted 120 events in the Granite State.

A CNN poll released last week showed the candidate with 8% support in the state.

Brothers' defection to the Gingrich camp was first reported by CNN. He will now advise Newt Gingrich's campaign on veterans' affairs.

Another high-profile Huntsman supporter switched sides Monday. The candidate's former national campaign manager Susie Wiles will join Mitt Romney's election effort, his campaign announced.

Wiles, who parted ways with the Huntsman campaign this summer, will co-chair Romney's Florida advisory council.


Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • New Hampshire
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Ayeni Chris

    This gonna be a big blow on Huntsman campaign, and a plus to the front runner, Newt Gingrich. Which ever, Obama will still win

    December 12, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. crooked bridge

    Gingrich will win the nomination. He will lose to Obama. If the republicans regain sanity for the 2016 election, they will nominate Huntsman, finally realizing that a "retro-conservative" is not an electable candidate.

    December 12, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Susanbsbi

    Richard Brother left to Gingrich camp to help with veterans affairs. He thinks he is positioning hi self for a position in gomgrocj cabinet.

    December 12, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. politics as usual

    What goes around comes around, Huntsman. Your new website is despicable and reeks of desperation.

    December 12, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. ST

    Let everyone run away from Huntsman. This man acts like Juda. The President issued him a job, he is tauting himself being Ambassador in China at the same time blasting the President. It is totally the bad behaviour, and no one should award him for this!

    December 12, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. nytw

    Liberals always have to someone else for their stupidity and incompetence.

    December 12, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. george of the jungle

    Huntsman is really the smartest of the group . But he has shown how disloyal he is after the remarks he makes about the president. You cant work for the administration and then trash it. You can show differences while being civil. So far non of the repos have shown me any kind of civility or even statemen like conduct. Just a bunch of rich fat cats who think they can buy the presidency or have it bought for them by the likes of the koch brothers or the donald. Shall we make a bet on who they choose? oh I guess newt and romney already have.!

    December 12, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Newt, the flavor of the day, would win the GOP primaries if he would just keep his mouth shut. There are people who will bet $10,000 that he will grab defeat from the jaws of victory.

    December 12, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. manhandler

    Why is this news that some second rate nobody from nowhere withdrew his support?

    December 12, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. Sandy

    ST wrote:

    "Let everyone run away from Huntsman. This man acts like Juda. The President issued him a job, he is tauting himself being Ambassador in China at the same time blasting the President. It is totally the bad behaviour, and no one should award him for this!"

    Exactly what I thought when he announced that he was running. He praised the President while he worked for him, then bashes him while running against him. What a way to treat the person who gave you a job. What a backstabber!

    December 12, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Did all of Her's supporters hop on the Newt Flintstone mobile?

    December 12, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. A Texas Democrat

    Face it, he screwed up !!!!!!

    December 12, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Paula Greenleaf

    Newt Gingrich was bought out by the big money Jewish businessmen and media moguls. Gingrich is a lackey to AIPAC and Israel. Huntsman and Paul are the only two Republican Presidental candidates the are not kissing up to the Israeli lobby. It's time we elect leaders that put American interest first over that of the parasites in Tel-Aviv.

    December 12, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. george of the jungle

    The republican party has turned this election into one big reality tv show. Whoever does not get the nomination will be featured on the apprentice with the Donald!!! Send in the clowns is the new theme song for the repo party and the more you screw around the higher your rating. Gosh herman you should have hung in there you could have beaten newt the newt. Ask any of them what a loaf of bread or a gallon on milk cost. They have no clue. The party of no is only for the rich.

    December 12, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. Laverne

    I think Huntsman is a pretty reasonable guy who clearly was planning to run against the president all the long. He was not loyal to Obama after he gave him a job and now this Brothers guy did the same thing to him. What goes around, comes around and by the way, all now knows just how unloyal Huntsman really is. He will never be able to gain more than 3-5% in any poll.

    December 12, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Bob in Texas

    This is important new? A staffer quits over a strategy disagreement. It happens all the time. Why is this getting so much attention? I don't get it. Somebody please enlighten me.

    December 12, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. Mike in Newmarket NH

    Richard Brothers obviously didn't even understand the candidate he previously supported; as Huntsman is a down to earth fiscal and social conservative on key core issues. Yes Huntsman also appeals to moderates because of his pragmatic leadership which allows him to negotiate to prevent gridlock.

    Gingrich is one of the two most liberal candidates running this cycle as he and Romney have flip flopped themselves dizzy. Gingrich's appeal is his in your face style good for primaries bad for general election. This election was the GOP's to lose and they are heading in that direction unless Gingrich ends up like a shooting star instead of a rising star.

    December 12, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Laverne wrote:

    I think Huntsman is a pretty reasonable guy who clearly was planning to run against the president all the long. ....
    ----------–
    Actually, Huntsman was probably seen by the Obama administration as the up and coming conservative most likely to be a threat to an Obama re-election in 2012. So, they pulled him within the fold knowing full well that once he came aboard there wuold be no going back to the Republican Party and successfully campaigning for POTUS against Obama.

    December 12, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    Huntsman had a stratgey???? THAT should be the news!!

    December 12, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    Actually, Huntsman was probably seen by the Obama administration as the up and coming conservative most likely to be a threat to an Obama re-election in 2012. So, they pulled him within the fold knowing full well that once he came aboard there wuold be no going back to the Republican Party and successfully campaigning for POTUS against Obama.
    =================================================================================================
    Hinestly Rudy, where do you get this comedy? An totally unknown governor from UTAH that is Mormon. Yeah, a real front runner in your dreams.

    December 12, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "Huntsman had a stratgey???? THAT should be the news!!"

    You'd recognize one if you saw one? THAT would be news!!!

    December 12, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |