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Huntsman's troubled campaign pulls staff out of Florida

Things are looking grim for Jon Huntsman as he shuffles his campaign, abandons Florida and desperately tries to gain momemtum for his Republican presidential campaign.

This just in to Crowley Political Report from the Huntsman campaign: 


Orlando, FL – Jon Huntsman for President announced the addition of four senior staff members all of whom will play an integral part in the campaign organization in the coming months. They are as follows:

  •  Tom Loeffler, Campaign Chairman
  •  Ann Woods Herberger, Senior Finance Director
  •  Ben Porritt, Senior Adviser for Communications
  •  Sarah Crawford Stewart, New Hampshire Senior Adviser

“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. 

At the same time, David made it clear the campaign is taking nothing for granted, and will remain well positioned for the second and third primaries in South Carolina and Florida.  


Tom Loeffler - Loeffler has a distinguished record of public service, including four terms in the United States House of Representatives (1979-1987) representing the 21st Congressional District of Texas. Loeffler has advised candidates in local, state and national elections since leaving public service, most recently as the General Co-Chairman and National Finance Chairman for the John McCain 2008 Presidential Campaign. He served as Texas Co-Chairman, Bush for President (1988); National Advisor to the 1992 Bush-Quayle Campaign; He was the Texas Finance Co-Chairman, George W. Bush for Governor (1994); National Finance Chairman, Phil Gramm for President (1996); National Deputy Finance Chairman, Dole for President (1996); National Co-Chairman, Republican National Committee's Team 100 (1997-1998 and 2003-2005); National Finance Co-Chairman, George W. Bush for President (1999-2000); and South Texas Co-Chairman, Bush-Cheney '04, Inc. (2004).

Ann Woods Herberger - In the 2012 cycle, Ann was asked to serve as the Senior Finance Advisor for the Pawlenty for President campaign. She has served as the  Bush family fundraiser (Governor Jeb Bush, President George W. Bush, President George H.W. Bush) in Florida for the past 13 years.   Herberger was the Senior Finance Consultant for Mitt Romney's Presidential campaign in 2008. Herberger also continues The Woods Herberger Group fundraising consulting business whose client list has included the Republican National Committee, the Republican Party of Florida, the Republican Governors Association, National Republican Senatorial Committee, Bush-Cheney 2000/2004, Romney for President, Inc., Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart & the Diaz-Balart Florida Victory Committee, Boehner for Speaker Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Ben Porritt - Porritt was national spokesman and senior advisor for the McCain-Palin campaign during the 2008 presidential election. Porritt is a partner of Outside Eyes, a consulting firm specializing in public strategy and crisis management. Porritt serves as a regular on-air contributor for MSNBC and ESPN and is adjunct professor of communications at the University of Miami.

Sarah Crawford Stewart - Sarah Stewart began her professional career as a field director in New Hampshire for John McCain in 2000. In 2002, Sarah worked on Craig Benson's successful campaign for Governor of New Hampshire. She then worked for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and as a lobbyist in Concord, NH. In December 2006 Sarah accepted the role of Deputy New Hampshire Campaign Manager for John McCain's second Presidential Primary. When Senator McCain clinched the Republican nomination for President, Sarah left the campaign to co-found b-fresh consulting LLC. In the spring of 2011 Sarah took a leave of absence from b-fresh to rejoin the Presidential campaign trail as Governor Pawlenty's New Hampshire Campaign Manager. In August Sarah joined Jon Huntsman for President Campaign.

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