Huntsman Campaign in Disarray, Ex-Aide Claims

Thursday, 04 Aug 2011 03:34 PM

By Abigail Walls

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Problems continue to snag former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s campaign, which appears to be disintegrating from within, reports Politico.

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Jon Huntsman on the day he announced his campaign at the Statue of Liberty. (AP Photo)
The plot thickened when controversial campaign strategist John Weaver dismissed longtime Huntsman friend David Fischer, according to Politico. Fischer blames much of the campaign’s woes on Weaver, citing poor leadership. Shortly after, several sources came forward, affirming Fischer’s views.

“One minute he’s [Weaver] a nice man, and the next minute, he’s blasting you with four-letter words,” a former campaign staffer told Politico “I can’t understand why Huntsman keeps him.”

Those on the campaign who support Weaver lay blame for Fischer’s dismissal at his own feet. Spokesman Tim Miller told Politico, “As a volunteer staff member, he attempted to usurp authority, asked inappropriate questions about junior staff and was rightly asked to leave by Gov. Huntsman. His statements about this campaign are untrue.”

Huntsman’s campaign is threatened not only by the high-decibel squabbling of his campaign staff but also by low fundraising, organizational challenges, and a major staff exodus. The campaign’s first manager, Susie Wiles, left the campaign because of conflicts with Weaver, as did Spencer Geissinger, who was head of advance, and Alysia Barzee, campaign scheduler, Politico reported.

Huntsman’s father and his wife, Mary Kaye, also are concerned about the fate of the campaign.

“Why isn’t he on any of the talk shows yet?” Politico quotes Mary Kaye as saying in June. “Why isn’t he on ‘The View?’”

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