Huntsman campaign fires back at Meg Whitman
July 1st, 2011
07:28 PM ET
11 years ago

Huntsman campaign fires back at Meg Whitman

Washington (CNN) - Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's presidential campaign fired back at former eBay CEO Meg Whitman after she described the Republican candidate as a career politician.

Whitman, who mounted an expensive but unsuccessful bid for the California governorship in 2010, made the criticism in a Reuters story this week about the competition for GOP donors between Huntsman and and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Reuters did not print Whitman's exact remarks, but wrote in the story that she "cast Huntsman as a career politician and Romney as a businessman."

Whitman has been one of Romney's biggest supporters for years.

Her remarks prompted a sharp retaliation from Huntsman's communications director Matt David. David also questioned Romney's political record.

"Meg Whitman's comments are puzzling considering, as CEO, she shipped over 1,000 eBay jobs from California to Gov. Huntsman in Utah, which was the fastest growing state under his pro-business policies," David said in a statement Thursday.

"What's more, the only thing separating the length of Romney's political career from Governor Huntsman is that Romney's lost two elections - and Huntsman's two for two," David added. "If I were advising Meg Whitman, I would recommend she not brag about losing elections."

Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • Meg Whitman
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. John

    That what you like to see Republican Fighting Republican. They can't even agree on thing In there own Party , so how are they going to be expect to run this country. they ran It In the Ground the last time American people have them a chance. I don't think any of them deserve another chance.

    July 1, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Charlie in Maine

    Why would spending your life in public service such a bad thing? Oh that's right the GOP think government is the enemy. That must explain why they do such a poor job they are trying to prove their point that government can't help. Wee I guess when they run it they are right.

    July 1, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th & Amsterdam Ave.

    Pay careful attention. This illustrates perfectly why the claims of these Republican "job creating" Governors are bogus as it pertains to the nation`s unemployment challenges.

    All they do is steal jobs within the 50 states. They DON`T CREATE anything. California unemployment went up & Utah`s went down. No benefit for the national economy.

    When a GOP`er claims to have created a job, the citizens and the press need to scratch beneath the surface.

    July 1, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Meg Whitman is not to be taken seriously. She couldn't even buy an election by spending over 150 million dollars of her own money in a losing bid to become governor of California.

    July 1, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  5. JB

    I will take advise from a tea partier before I listened to that bragger called Meg!!

    July 1, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  6. Sgt Schultz

    Good tell Meg to shut up. She is a liar and fraud. It was amusing to see her make creative excuses for hiring an illegal alien, while complaining about illegal aliens. Meg Whitman you lost. Go home.

    July 1, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  7. Wise1Speak

    Matt David (Jon Huntman Communications Director): "If I were advising Meg Whitman, I would recommend she not brag about losing elections."

    You got that right Mr. David. Meg Whitman spent $322-Million in her bid to win the California Governor's seat, and she still got trounced by a relatively poor Jerry Brown. Of the $322-million she blew through, $144-Million came directly out of her own purse. Every dollar she spent in the campaign, only widen the gap between her and Jerry Brown.

    July 1, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  8. Debbie

    Romney once was Governor and now twice has ran for President. That's a career politician. If Romney was a business person he would attend to his business.

    July 1, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  9. Ken in NC

    Who woke Meg Whiteman? Let the dragon lady sleep.

    July 1, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  10. Craig

    How about none of the above?!

    July 1, 2011 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  11. NameALEQ

    Mr David, well said, She's bucking for a cabinet post, so as a trained dog she all bark and no class-

    July 2, 2011 03:11 am at 3:11 am |

    Move on. Nothing here.

    July 2, 2011 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  13. MarineVet

    Huntsman can quit politics at any time, but Whitman will still be ugly in the morning.

    July 2, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |