Huntsman distances himself from another Dem
June 22nd, 2011
04:49 PM ET
11 years ago

Huntsman distances himself from another Dem

(CNN) – Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman may not have donated to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's campaigns, but his family sure did.

Huntsman took to Twitter Wednesday to sound off on reports of his family's generosity toward the Democratic senator from Nevada saying, "I've never donated a dime to @HarryReid and wouldn't."

According to the Las Vegas Sun, the 2012 GOP presidential candidate's parents, two of his brothers and their wives donated a combined total of $25,800 to Sen. Reid from 2004-2009. The largest contributions, $9,600 each from Huntsman's parents and his brother Peter and wife Brynn, assisted the senator financially in his seemingly-uphill re-elect during the 2010 midterm election cycle.

Though Huntsman can't necessarily claim loose ties to the Reid family-during his term as governor, Huntsman appointed Sen. Reid's son Josh to the Utah Board of Regents, a governing body that "ensure(s) fulfillment of the mission of the Utah System of Higher Education" - he tried to distance himself from Reid, who said he'd prefer the former U.S. ambassador to China over Romney Tuesday.

And in an attempt to set the record straight on what sets him apart from Reid, Huntsman ended his Wednesday tweet with:

"My record in Utah balancing budgets very different from his."

Filed under: 2012 • Harry Reid • Jon Huntsman
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS

    It sounds as if Mr. Huntsman's family are a bunch of liberals. Maybe they can speak some sense into him against running against his former boss whom they may have contributed to as well.

    June 22, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    My record in Utah balancing budgets very different from his."
    Now see, that was easy. Jon is able to differentiate himself from someone else without resorting to name calling and put downs.
    Mr. Huntsman, while you are still in full posession of that quality you should hold a training class for your fellow GOPers. Then again, you can't make s silk pure out of a sow's ear as Stupid Sarah has confirmed over, and over,and over again can you?
    Obama 2012.

    June 22, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Whoosh

    Jon the cloning and you becoming has begun. That's the second time you have denied knowing a democrat.

    June 22, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. logic in LA

    Politics! He's allowed to like, agree, even support someone from a different party. That does not take away from his own beliefs,. It does make him human and in my mind, a little more honest than most. Too bad he doesn't see it that way.

    June 22, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Luke Brown

    Another rich republican nominates himself to be President. (yawn)

    June 22, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Love it CNN...

    Gore: "Obama has failed to use the bully pulpit enough.'

    CNN: "Gore said Obama has failed."

    ...keep up the good work...the advertisers love it. "Journalistic integrity" is now an oxymoron.

    June 22, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Republican Robber Baron

    So Huntsman's family members are NOT free to support whomever they feel like?

    I didn't get the memo that all family members need to follow like sheep are not allowed to have different views.

    Ron Reagan Jr is a good example...not even close to his dad politically – but still loves his dad regardless.

    June 22, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. S. In California - Obama 2012

    ... and I sir DISTANCE myself from YOU. Bye, bye.

    June 22, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Republicans - "The Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" - Party

    I'm not sure what Ambassador Huntsman means by his record is different. It is the US House of Representatives, not the US Senate, that submits budgets to the President. If Huntsman has a problem with balanced budgets, he should be dinging John Boehner, not Harry Reid.

    By making this statement, Huntsman shows he is frantic to separate himself from Senator Reid. His cool demeanor is crumbling already.

    Remember Sir that your PURPORTED appeal is that you are honest, straightforward, above petty partisan bickering. Why not just man up and say that your family gave the money? Yes, you'd have explain why they supported him – maybe because he himself is a Mormon – but at least you'd still have your integrity.

    It wouldn't be so bad to say that your family supported a liberal that the TEA PARTY was desperate to defeat in 2010 with Ms. "2nd Ammendment Remedies" [Sharon Angle]. Afterall Mr. Ambassador, you are what NeoCons call a RINO. You can wink-wink at so-called conservatives all you want but they won't ever trust you.

    June 22, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. bill

    Flip, flip, flip-flopping in the wind. Huntsman flip-flops any which way the wind blows. Flip-flop, flip-flop..flop...flop...FLOP!

    June 22, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    So to be a Republican candidate you have to distance and disavow yourself from anything you've ever done that involves actually working and/or supporting people other than the radical Republican base.

    And folks are seriously considering electing Republicans in 2012?

    What is it about the UNITED States of America that they don't get? Personally, if I want to live in a rightwing, theocratic dictatorship, I'll move to Iran ...

    June 22, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. gt

    my, my sounds like harry wanted to put the heck on huntsman...and he did not bite...

    June 22, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. roscoe

    If you admire Obama and your family supports Reid, you might be in trouble in TEA town. But, if you sold weapons to Iran, maybe that makes you OK with the Tea Baggers. It's a confusing group of people.

    June 22, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I think he would sound more effective if he said "I haven't donated not a D... dime to Reid", more like a bad boy.

    June 22, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. roscoe

    Huntsman might actually be an attractive candidate for president but if he were elected, you'd get the Tea Baggers in power and the country can't survive that.

    June 22, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. SecedingfromTexas

    I didn't expect him to be so disgusting this early on. I was really willing to give him chance.

    June 22, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. rob

    Good for you Huntsman, punch back quickly against stupid stories from the media and the Dems. The more I see and hear this guy the more I like him. He is smart, articulate and he has the right policies. The media and their friends in the Dem party will try to smear him but I think he can handle it. Lets see how "Civil" the attacks on him will be from the Dems.

    June 22, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |