Huntsman campaign manager quits

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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (file)
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (file)
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There’s been a major shake-up today at former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman’s headquarters. NBC News confirmed his presidential campaign manager Susie Wiles left, and top communications aide Matt David will be the replacement.

“Susie has served the campaign well and was vital in getting it off the ground in such a short time-frame. In just under three months Gov. Huntsman has returned from China, launched a campaign and created a strong infrastructure in the 3 early primary states,” Huntsman’s senior adviser John Weaver wrote in an email. “He’s built important relationships with donors, as well as political, policy, and grassroots leaders that other candidates have been courting for half a decade.”

No word on the exact reason for Wiles’ departure. Weaver said the campaign wants to move on to the next phase, “which will be more aggressive from a messaging and tactical standpoint.” While more moderate on political stances, Huntsman is still widely off the radar with voters compared to other GOP contenders.

Fellow Republican candidate Newt Gingrich has been in his shoes, but worse. Most of Newt’s staff resigned in a mass exodus .

Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich

Huntsman campaign manager quits

Updated