Tim Pawlenty’s exit leaves behind a whole campaign’s worth of free agents ready to be scooped up by the remaining candidates. And the process is already beginning: according to the New Hampshire Union Leader, Pawlenty’s NH state director, Sarah Crawford Stewart, is joining up with Jon Huntsman.
“Governor Huntsman is committed to winning the New Hampshire primary, and I look forward to helping him and his team do just that,” Stewart told the paper. “I viewed Gov. Huntsman as somebody with exceptional governing experience. And I viewed him as someone who would be the strongest competitor against President Obama in a general election.”
Huntsman has yet to make much of an impact in the race despite his impressive credentials as a former governor of Utah and ambassador to China.
Benjy Sarlin is a reporter for Talking Points Memo and co-writes the campaign blog, TPM2012. He previously reported for The Daily Beast/Newsweek as their Washington Correspondent and covered local politics for the New York Sun.