Jon Huntsman hires Ann Herberger, sniffs at 'diminished' Fla straw poll
Jon Huntsman has talked about making Florida a major focus of his campaign, even basing headquarters in Orlando. But Huntsman, still barely registering in most polls, won't make it to Florida's primary is he does poorly in New Hampshire, so today the campaign announced it is shifting staff from Orlando to New Hampshire. It also announced new senior campaign staffers, including Tom Loeffler as Campaign Chairman, Ben Porritt as Senior Adviser for Communications, Sarah Crawford Stewart, New Hampshire Senior Adviser and Ann Woods Herberger of Miami as Senior Finance Director.
From the campaign: “Coming on the heels of the traditional kick-off of the campaign, we are very fortunate to be adding these accomplished political veterans,” said campaign manager Matt David. “These new team-members will be critical in our efforts in New Hampshire and across the country.”
In addition to adding senior leadership, David announced that the Huntsman campaign is reassigning staff from the Florida campaign headquarters to New Hampshire, a move reflective of the diminished importance of Florida’s “P5”, and the campaign’s focus on success in New Hampshire.
“New Hampshire is a vital part of our strategy, and we want to ensure we have the best possible team in place to spread Gov. Huntsman’s message of serious solutions in the critical ‘First in the Nation’ primary state,” David said
By "diminished importance of Florida's P5" David may be referring to the snowball's chance in Miami that Huntsman has of doing well in that mock election of 3,500 GOP activists in Florida.