GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, the former U.S. ambassador to China, has a first fund-raiser in Atlanta this evening — a 7 p.m. reception at the City Club of Buckhead. We understand he’s to be introduced by state Rep. Joe Wilkinson of Sandy Springs.
Yes, Wilkinson is pledged to Newt Gingrich. But he’s known Huntsman for 30 years — since the Reagan White House years.
In the polls, Huntsman is mired in single digits, and has difficulty establishing a productive niche within the Republican electorate. Texas Gov. Rick Perry leads in the one Georgia poll that’s been done, and probably has the largest crop of state lawmakers as supporters.
But when Huntsman dips into the state Capitol on Wednesday for a little handshaking, look for him to get a very, very healthy reception.
Gingrich aside, the last Republican presidential candidate to stop by the Capitol to ask for votes was Tim Pawlenty – last November.
State lawmakers will be very happy to send the message to the GOP field that votes go to the candidate who asks for them.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider