Huntsman campaign lays off three junior staffers
September 21st, 2011
12:31 PM ET
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Huntsman campaign lays off three junior staffers

Washington, DC (CNN) - While it continues to build up staff and resources in New Hampshire, CNN has learned that Jon Huntsman's GOP presidential campaign has also released some low-level staffers.

A Republican source in the Granite State tells CNN that the Huntsman campaign laid off three junior-level workers early last week.

A campaign spokesman would not comment on whether any staffers had been let go, but did point out that two campaign officials are being moved from Florida to New Hampshire.

While he's struggled to gain traction in national polls, the former Utah governor and former U.S. ambassador to China has made winning the first-in-the-nation primary a centerpiece of his 2012 effort, and spent much of the past month in the state. He will return to the state Saturday.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I thought Amb. Huntsmann said that he was a job creator.

    September 21, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't know how his fundraising is going, but he is struggling in the polls. That shows me that the GOP (at least some of them) frankly want their way or the highway when it comes to policy. That is ashame because that rules out those that would be able to appeal to a larger majority of people.

    September 21, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Wel, duh...he's gotta save some of those campaign donations for when he actually tries to run in 2016.

    September 21, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC

    I thought Amb. Huntsmann said that he was a job creator.
    Tee hee. Good one Rudy
    ! Isn't that what they ALL say as they pack up the country in a hand-woven basket for it's trip to an irreversible recession?

    September 21, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. R

    "I thought Amb. Huntsmann said that he was a job creator."

    All politicians say a lot of things...

    September 21, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. janedoe

    Funny Rudy. He can hang it up. His association doesn't what him. He's not dirty enough and tries to make too much since out of everything. He knows the Republicans and Tea partiers do not understand anything with common sense in it.

    September 21, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    Please layoff everybody and drop out. It ain't happenin' Jon!

    September 21, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    Whoops, there goes the middle class!!

    September 21, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Drogo, who bit the dust

    Fold your tent, the act has left the stage.

    September 21, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. NVa Native

    Huntsman made the all time mortal sin as far as what the de-evolved Repub party has become – he admitted that science and facts do exist – that global warming is a real concern.

    September 21, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. sortakinda

    Now that Huntsman cut out the dead wood, he'll race to the nomination, only to lose teh election when these "junior staffers" become "senior advisors" to Obama.

    September 21, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. sortakinda

    Huntsman's explanation for the firings: "Hey. I just found out they weren't Mormons."

    September 21, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. sortakinda

    Huntsman: "Two staffers have been moved from Florida to New Hampshire. As President, I'll move the nation's capital from DC to Salt Lake City. Whuh? Something wrong with that?"

    September 21, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. What!!?!

    Does that mean there is a lack of demand for his "product"? He'll hire them back if demand picks up...........Oh, wait. Just lower taxes. That should help him hire back these people and more. Cut taxes so all the job creators can hire. We don't need demand. We need tax cuts. Cut rates in half every year and prosperity will magically appear.

    September 21, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. once upon a horse

    if ANYBODY knows about laying people off it's a Republican. Don't believe me, just ask Mitt Romney.

    September 21, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |

    Yeah, the GOP has lots of job creators in their midsts.


    September 21, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |

    er, that is, midst. 😀

    September 21, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. GDB

    As the only moderate GOP candidate, Jon needs to stop chasing Perry & Mitt in their chase for the "most conservative on earth" award. Jon needs to embrace an openness in the party that the others are not, his get-out-of-our-bedroom philosophy, and his common sense approach to getting things done. His Tea Party debate showing did not highlight his strengths in a powerful way, and even if he can't win this one, he can make a statement: the GOP can have a heart & a brain.

    September 21, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. A Kickin` Donkey

    This is budgetary – you don`t let worker bees go over "strategy or policy" so they can`t use that excuse.

    Mr. Ambassador, want your job back, yet?

    Actually, President Obama would be smart to put him in charge of the Commerce Department from 2012 to 2016.

    Make Ron Paul Undersecretary of Defense – – sorry Ron, you are too wacky to be taken off a leash.

    Make Pawlenty Secretary of the Interior; afterall he FAVORED Cap & Trade and Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 lakes.

    Sorry Mr. Cain, nothing for you; nor you Mr. Gingrich.

    Ms. Bachman, Vivid Entertainment is holding for you on line 2.

    September 21, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |