More presidential speculation is swirling around Jon Huntsman today as word is leaking, without Julian Assange’s help, that Huntsman has informed the White House of his intentions to resign:
Jon Huntsman, the U.S. ambassador to China, has told the Obama administration he plans to resign, an administration official said, a sign the former Utah governor may bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
Obama has been informed that Huntsman intends to leave in May, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Huntsman, 50, a Republican, was in his second term as Utah governor when President Barack Obama nominated him to be ambassador on May 16, 2009. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and was ambassador to Singapore under former President George H.W. Bush. Huntsman’s plan to resign was reported earlier by the Washington Post.
While OB&B is supportive of a presidential bid by Ambassador Huntsman, it should be noted he has other political opportunities he might pursue. From the Atlantic:
According to this [Utah] poll, Huntsman has more support (48%) for the GOP [Senate] nomination than Hatch (21%) and the young Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz (23%) combined.
Running for Senate in Utah might be an option but, personally, I still believe we should Draft Jon Huntsman.
Hat tip: Pathteacher (one word)