Will this teach him a lesson? Or push him toward a third-party bid?
Former Governor and Ambassador Jon Huntsman has been uninvited from the Republican National Committee’s lavish donor gathering in Palm Beach this weekend, two sources with knowledge of the snub confirmed to BuzzFeed.
The former presidential candidate was slated to be a speaker at the “Regents” gathering of the party’s fundraisers and politicians, but was informed he is no longer welcome at the event.
His sin: Calling for a third-party presidential candidate to enter the race.
“I think we’re going to have problems politically until we get some sort of third party movement or some voice out there that can put forth new ideas,” Huntsman said on MSNBC last week. “We might not win, but we can certainly influence the debate.”
One GOP strategist told BuzzFeed that Huntsman was not personally informed by RNC Chairman Reince Preibus that he was uninvited, but that an RNC staff-member delivered the news to a former member of Huntsman’s presidential campaign staff.
A spokeswoman for the RNC said the committee would not comment on a private fundraising event.
Yesterday, as I was wasting away part of my life on Facebook, I came across this ad on my newsfeed:
When I read it, several thoughts went through my head.
First of all, it is apparent that I can no longer
stalk a casual acquaintance communicate with friends online without being bombarded by the GOP presidential race. This stuff is everywhere. My friends and family in South Carolina can probably recite every political ad on TV word for word because they are essentially playing on repeat. Now these guys are on my Facebook, too? Come on. Let me waste my time on Facebook in peace.
Secondly: Rick Perry, just stop. You aren’t going anywhere in the polls. You were essentially the “flavor of the week” for part of 2011, but nobody
takes you seriously after watching you perform in national debates really sees you winning the nomination at this point. Stop wasting money on advertising and pack it up.
Also, this really proved to me that yes, companies really do track everything you do online. I “liked” one Jon Huntsman thing on Facebook and now this ad is everywhere. So they really do cater these advertisements to the user. But if this is the case, I’m confused as to why I have ads that say: “FREE baby stuff,” “Lose Weight NOW,” and “Build Your Own Mushroom Town!” (Um, what???) But I digress…
Finally, what I’m really confused about: Why are you promoting Rick Perry to a Jon Huntsman fan? Are you trying to tell me that these two candidates are analogous? And you want me to support Rick Perry (the “Washington outsider”) because my favorite candidate dropped? I think maybe I should put some thought into who to support next… I’m not sure that a Facebook ad written at a third grade level is going to do it for me.
The Post and Courier just posted an article about Jon Huntsman in Daniel Island, SC — he was right down the street from the parents’ house giving a speech. I wish I could have been there!
By Andrew Knapp
DANIEL ISLAND — Switching from a “New Hampshire accent to a Southern accent,” Republican Jon Huntsman told 100 breakfast diners Thursday morning that he would draw on his experience overseas to create manufacturing jobs in the U.S.
The former Utah governor and an ambassador to Singapore for George H.W. Bush and to China for Barack Obama said the nation is on the “cusp of a manufacturing renaissance” and that he’s the only candidate with the international knowledge to take advantage of what he called a crack in China’s stranglehold on the industry. He said the business environment in Asia is deteriorating because of political mistrust, inflation and unemployment.
Bolstering the United States’ manufacturing role would shrink an economic deficit rather than passing it on to this grandchildren, he said.
“This deficit … is a cancer metastasizing in our country,” he told voters as they nibbled on French toast, grits and cheese omelets at Honeycomb Cafe. “We’ve got to radiate it. We’ve got to excise it. We’ve got to cut it out to preserve our next generation.”
In addition to the economic deficit, Huntsman said the nation suffers a deficit of a different kind, “a deficit of trust” of politicians and companies. He vowed a “Grateful Dead-like concert tour” to persuade people to get behind term limits for members of Congress and to stifle politicians’ ability to trade stocks based on inside knowledge of legislation that affects Wall Street.
He again leaned on his foreign policy experience in boosting trust overseas, as well as reducing U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, where he stressed intelligence-gathering over a large troop presence.
But Huntsman, clad in dark blue jeans, cowboy boots and a lapel featuring the U.S. and South Carolina flags, referred to himself as a “crass political salesman” to the diners and admitted that he just wanted their votes. His wife standing behind him, Huntsman spoke for about 30 minutes and answered a half-dozen questions from the crowd about topics like job creation, health care and Iran’s threat as a nuclear power.
“I’ve always been following him,” said one voter, 67-year-old Alana Knuff of Daniel Island. “He has the leadership qualities, the foreign experience. But I just came to see how personable he is.
“After seeing him personally, he’s got my vote.”
Others, such as 65-year-old Bill Estes, who splits his time between Iowa and Daniel Island, said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s “machine” would “leave Huntsman in the dust.” Estes said that he wanted to hear more specifics on policy, such as those pertaining to taxes and that Huntsman’s plan to remove troops from Afghanistan was soft.
“To be elected, you have to be walking on the edge, but he’s not,” Estes said. “He’s way in the safe zone. He’s not a risk-taker, and I’d like to see him take some risks.”
Shaking hands with the assembled crowd members, Huntsman said he was re-energized by his showing in the New Hampshire primary earlier this week.
“When you come from O and get to third place, that’s pretty good,” he told one man. “I’d say that’s a ticket out of New Hampshire.”
…but I like this one! It kind of makes me want to go see Mission Impossible or something…
Good job, Team Huntsman.