Skip to comments.Operative boosted Jon Huntsman at Republican Leadership Conference
Posted on 06/21/2011 8:24:41 AM PDT by Brookhaven
Perhaps the biggest surprise at last weekends Republican Leadership Conference was the second-place straw poll finish of Jon Huntsman. Continue Reading
He bailed out on his scheduled appearance, is little known among the conservative activists who dominated the event and his closest competitors for the non-Ron Paul vote were grass-roots favorites Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain.
So how did he snag so many votes?
Partly due to the effort of a New Orleans Republican named Bryan Wagner.
An influential former city councilor and big McCain backer, Wagner is close to former Rep. Joseph Cao.
In an interview, Wagner said he, Cao and New Orleans school board member Brett Bonin talked up Huntsman to their friends in the days leading up the gathering.
We were very, very pleased with the outcome we got, boasted Wagner.
But when pressed about who paid for the registration of the pro-Huntsman voters, Wagner grew defensive.
He flatly denied purchasing any tickets but wouldnt say who did put up the money for the Huntsman voters.
I cant speak for everybody on the campaign, he said.
Wagner, did though, confirm that there were two separate groups of Huntsman backers brought into the conference: his friends and associates from the New Orleans area and another group from out of town.
I had nothing to do with the bus, he revealed.
After repeated attempts to get him to clarify where the tickets came from, Wagner hung up the phone.
Huntsmans campaign denied that they had provided Wagner with tickets and wont say how they got their supporters to the event.
a liberal with no forth coming vote from me.
No, he's little-LIKED among conservatives....
Why am I not surprised? Has Megan weighed in on Jonnie boy yet?
Sounds like the SEIU and the leftards way of doing things
but then Huntsman is a Big Big fan of the Kenyans, so it’s no surprise that this is how they have to get votes, unlike the Congressman Dr. Ron Paul who’s grass roots really are
Huntsman is liked among conservatives - where is that?
He’s this election cycle’s McCain. Someone the liberal media will support until actually getting the GOP nomination. Then, like McCain they turn on him.
We will not allow the liberal media to pick our nominee again. That’s our pledge.
ooops - Just saw LITTLE.
Visit the Politico.com. There are five stories on Huntsman above the fold. Why in the world would Politico have any skin in the game for the Huntsman campaign?
People - listen up, Huntsman is nothing but a caricature of the GOP ginned up by the DNC and MSM. They are building him up as the Republican to beat and will use him as the strawman for everything that is ‘wrong’ about the GOP to convince voters that Obama is worthy of a second term.
The MSM is stooping very low with this one to carry the water bottle for the DNC. Pissing me off ...
Hey you just can’t buy.....well...ahhhhh...Never mind I guess you can buy it.
Who says we don’t have a big tent? Another ‘progressive’ republican!! Just goes to show how far the left has moved the ‘center’.
preparing for another obama term. This is gonna get ugly.
Hey you just cant buy.....well...ahhhhh...Never mind I guess you can buy it.
I'm not sure he bought. It sounds like he might have just rented. Or maybe the check bounced.
Apparently, Obama and his minions have notified the MSM that there is no way the conservatives are buying the Mitt Romney as “strong front-runner” line! So, they are throwing out new names like Huntsman and Perry! Using HOPE, to CHANGE conservatives away from well, CONSERVATISM!
We need to stop running in the “middle” and start running STRONG, HARD, DELIBERATELY RIGHT (morally & politically)!
The American people are tired of Budweiser (Dems) and Bud-Lite (Repubs)!! We the American people are ready for something strong and decidedly DIFFERENT such as Sam Adams (Tea Party)!
Ronald Reagan ran as a hard-right nominee and governed right-center-right! We have seen over and over, when a Republican runs “middle of the road,” they govern center-left (See Bush (both))! We must, MUST have a hard right nominee, or America will go the way of the Roman Empire!
Both men are kooks.
Huntsmans dad was a billionaire,,, just saying.
In other words, he’s a liberal.
Oh wait, we already knew that.
Ron Paul did not bus in people. They also didn’t “pay them”
In case you’re actually interested to see if Ron Paul has enthusiastic, motivated, and organized supporters, look at ronpaulforums.com . You’ll see a lot of people there.
Ron Paul has organized supporters. They talk to each other, and help the campaign in ways that they find best. That includes dragging their own butts to these straw polls.
I think that if u ask Ron Paul and his supporters about who was financing/supporting his campaign they would be more honest and forthcoming with the answer.
Something tells me that these libs pay much lip service to public SERVICE and transparency but manage to consistently work to undermine those things because socialism in and of itself relies on coercion so their approach to civil discourse and civil affairs reflects that approach to life.
Yeah, like the Stormfront and “troofer” crowds?
I think you have a good point there about Paul supporters, I take the first part of my statement back.
I guess I was pretty impressed with the his performance over at the GOP debate when it came to the economy and domestic policy. Herman Cain was also great. For years before the TPARTY movement and Glen Beck came out and articulated the case for free markets andorganized campaigning and exposing people like alinsky and the tactics of the unAmerican socialist revolutionary LIEberals rather than just playing into lib medias hands by watering the medicine down, Paul and the libertarians were the most vocal and articulate element in the political spectrum which countered the arguments against socialism most directly fundamentally and consistently arguing how and why capitalism peace progress and freedom are complimentary. I believe that some people are so committed to peace that they blind themselves naively about the necessity to stand up to evil when it is necessary to. You can only avoid conflict for so long.
What rules Paul out for me is his December 6 1941 view on America’s options and responsibilities regarding external threats such as al Qaeda in Yemen. Also his call for neutrality when it comes to Israel vs. the other al Qaedas who believe deliberate mass murder and genocidalfanaticism is fair game is worth moral condemnation in the highest order. I can see the way that very questionable characters could follow and promote such an incapacitating and foolish line.