Huntsman campaign manager resigns
July 21st, 2011
01:41 PM ET
11 years ago

Huntsman campaign manager resigns

Washington (CNN) – The campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman resigned Thursday, the Huntsman campaign confirmed to CNN.

Susie Wiles will be replaced by communications director Matt David, according to a statement. The former Utah governor will announce the changes to his staff Thursday.

"Susie has served the campaign well and was vital in getting it off the ground in such a short time-frame," Senior Campaign Adviser John Weaver said in a statement. "Now the campaign is moving into phase two which will be more aggressive from a messaging and tactical standpoint and Matt is prepared to take that on."

News of the resignation was first reported by The Washington Post.

Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman
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  1. what1ever

    it's too bad, Huntsman is the ONLY person the Repubs have this year who would do a remotely good job.

    July 21, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. trex

    gop's are simply puking up what each other ate. The crap that conmes out of their collective mouths prevents me from EVER voting gop EVER again. GOP is only interested in protecting the wealth of the rich, and the power of the corporations. They HATE US (A)

    July 21, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. Moe NY

    I wish all republicans would quit...they are ALL a curse on the working class/middle class (If there is still a middle class out there), and the poor.

    July 21, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. Peter s

    This guy is the only Republicans with functional brains!! sober minded, thoughtful and politically he doesn't stink like the rest in the field.

    July 21, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  5. Gemini Girl

    Personally, I too, thought that Huntsman looked & acted the most presidential of the loony Repub candidates. I thought it was funny when he was trying to announce his candidacy in the same area as Reagen did many years ago, but there was a tugboat in the background blocking alot of the view, and his name was mis-spelled on campaign literature, as mentioned above. There were alot of comedic moments. And why is so much attention given on cable new channels to Michelle Bachmann & her migraine disabilities? She will never ever be nominated to the office of the President, so the quesion is moot! Just about all of the Repub candidates are really whack-jobs: look at Newt, Perry, Bachmann, Pawlenty, Palin-who PRETENDS she is thinking of running – first it was June, now it's Aug or September – keep stringing your puny naive followers why don't you – Cain – can you say crazy? Romney, a flip-flopper. A sorry parade of potentials. Not too long ago McCain said "there is a great group of Republicans running." Yeah, we are supposed to believe HIM, of all people, who unleashed the Wasilla Godzilla – er Gorilla er Grizzly on the rest of the nation. I really feel for this country. When did we hit bottom on potential candidates for the greatest office in the greatest nation? To be continued...

    July 21, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  6. Gemini Girl

    SO the Republican governor of Maryland does an about face on the debt ceiling! First he was totally against raising it, now he wants it raised? Why? Because his state currently has an Triple A rating, but if the debt ceiling is not raised, his and four other state's credit rating would drop as well as the country's, because his state and those others are intricately tied to the federal government's economy. (The other states are New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.)

    SO Rick Perry of Texas is slithering away from that wacky extreme right-wing overly religious guy who has an upcoming forum that Rick Perry is supposed to speak at? All of a sudden th elinks are gone on Rick Perry's web-site and his people are saying that he may not even speak at the forum after all?

    I'll bet you'll never ever hear any of these things mentioned on FAUX channel! You don't get much there. They try to keep their viewers in their little bubble. FOLKS! These are just a few of the topics discussed on my favorite cable show, Rachel Maddow Show. Smart, funny & informative. Give it try!

    July 21, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It does make one wonder. I would that Huntsman can get someone who ccould set up the other states as well as the woman who left if Huntsman does well in Iowa and New Hampshire.

    July 21, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  8. WatchDawg

    First Newt's, than Cain's and now Huntsman..this crop of GOP candidates can't even get into the second round with staffers jumping off the sinking ships like the rats they are...

    Well...there is always 2016...

    July 22, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  9. CBR

    There seem to be personnel issues with all of the candidates. Is it the candidate or is it the staff leaders? Something is amill.

    July 22, 2011 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  10. Jim

    I hope Huntsman figures it out. He needs to get his name out to bring needed fundraising revenue. I voted for Obama but no longer have faith in him and every other republican in the line up is standard republican evil. Huntsman seems to have heart and character. At this point, I'd vote for him.

    July 22, 2011 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  11. Aaron

    Does Huntsman have more wives than Romney?

    July 22, 2011 02:25 am at 2:25 am |

    Allen West and the wingnuts are unhinged. Huntsman is too nice for them. Snookie Palin wants Bachmann's money and media attention. She is a perfect fit.

    July 22, 2011 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  13. Marie MD

    Maybe he went to work for Mr. 9/11 (we were never attacked under the shrub administration) or maybe he went over to mr bad hair man who is now thinking of running as an independent because I take it that declaring bankruptcy over and over again makes you a good businessman and economist!

    July 22, 2011 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  14. Mark L.

    ♫♫ Break out the violins and a box of Kleenex tissues Grand Ol' Plunderers (GOP) – You are not going to gain anything in the 2012 elections !! ♫♫

    July 22, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  15. Mindie in Indie

    we are witnessing the implosion of the republican party. (destroyed from within)

    July 22, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  16. Mark

    Leaving like rats jumping off the Titanic!!!

    July 22, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  17. GonzoinHouston

    Huntsman is the only realistic shot the republicans have against Obama, and even then the odds aren't good. His positives appeal to independents, and he displays the intelligence and temperment the job requires. These features also make him completely anathema to the wild-eyed pitchfork types of the TP. 2016 could be his year, or 2020, if it takes that long for the TP to implode.

    July 22, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  18. Larry L

    Huntsman is the only Republican I could vote for. He's a more conservative version of President Obama. The rest of them are crazier than s- house rats.

    July 22, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
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