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Huntsman Allies: He Wasn't Harry Reid's Source
BuzzFeed ^ | 08/10/2012 | McKay Coppins

Posted on 08/10/2012 10:51:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Two people close to Jon Huntsman this morning rejected speculation from a liberal blog that the former candidate's wealthy father is the source of unsubstantiated claims that Mitt Romney didn't pay taxes for 10 years.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid first made the accusation last month, attributing it to an anonymous source who had invested in Bain. In a widely-circulated blog post yesterday, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulistas suggested that the man behind the claim could be Jon Huntsman Sr., a Utah philanthropist and industrialist who has donated to Reid's campaign in the past, has business contacts in the Bain world, and whose son bitterly fought Romney in the Republican primaries earlier this year.

It's unclear whether Huntsman Sr. himself has invested in Bain, but the venture capital firm did buy a $600 million equity stake in a Huntsman-owned chemical company in 2001.

"Sure, the evidence is circumstantial, but still pretty solid, wouldn't you say?" Moulistas wrote.

But one Huntsman family member, reached for comment from BuzzFeed, expressed amusement at the notion that the conservative family patriarch would turn so sharply against Romney.

"Honestly, we have no idea who Reid's source is," said the family member.

Chuck Warren, a Salt Lake Republican strategist who endorsed Romney in the primary and has fundraised for the younger Huntsman's gubernatorial bid, dismissed the speculation as "ridiculous."

"I mean, people who believe this are the same people who espouse a theory that Big Foot is making crop circles with his space ship," said Warren, whose firm is Silver Bullet. "Besides the obvious fact that Mr. Huntsman is not Gov. Romney's accountant... he is simply a more honorable man than that. He doesn't work in the shadows, and because you donate $9,600 to someone, probably less than .0001% of what Harry Reid collected that cycle, doesn't make them BFFs."

Another Utah powerbroker who endorsed Huntsman in the primaries was similarly incredulous. "Personally I would REALLY doubt [Huntsman Sr.] is behind this — Harry has tons of other dubious source possibility," the source e-mailed. "And [Huntsman Sr.] is behind Mitt now, too."

Indeed, Huntsman Sr. endorsed Romney in 2008 and donated heavily to his campaign effort. While his own son's efforts kept him from backing Romney this time around — causing some hostility between the two camps —many in Utah's political class say the elder Huntsman remains a strong admirer of Romney's, and would have little incentive to spread damaging rumors about the GOP nominee.

"I don't know if Huntsman likes to go bowling with Romney, but I can't imagine he doesn't want a new president," said Warren, adding, "This is just a stupid theory and people who believe it are wearing aluminum foil around their heads. Hell, I thought Republicans had the corner on aluminum foil market. Apparently I was wrong."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: harryreid; huntsman; romney; taxes

1 posted on 08/10/2012 10:51:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Someone at the IRS is Harry’s source. Should be a felony.


2 posted on 08/10/2012 10:54:25 AM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: Dogbert41

Vickie-the-goat is Harry’s source. What he’s done to her is a felony. LOL.


3 posted on 08/10/2012 10:57:46 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie and stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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To: Dogbert41

This is no source. Dingy made this all up.

And now - even funnier - he’s trying to involve his lies with scum-buckets like the Daily Kos.

Hee hee! This gets better and better.


4 posted on 08/10/2012 10:58:14 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

5 posted on 08/10/2012 5:08:10 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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