by Charles Lemos, Tue May 03, 2011 at 11:17:54 PM EDT
Former Utah Governor and US Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to set up a Federal political action committee (PAC) as he explores the possibility of a presidential run in 2012.
From The Hill:
Former Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman established a federal political action committee on Tuesday as a possible precursor to running for president.
Huntsman, a centrist former Republican governor of Utah, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to set up a national version of the "Horizon PAC" his supporters had organized during his final months as ambassador.
The new federal PAC, H-PAC, should give Huntsman an opportunity to formalize infrastructure and staff in case he decides to pursue the Republican presidential nomination.
Huntsman's backers had organized some of the framework for a potential campaign over the past few months, but they weren't allowed any coordination with Huntsman while he was still ambassador.
During that time, they established "Horizon PAC," which existed at the state level.
Huntsman is not a well known figure nationally but he does come from the sane wing of the GOP. In fact, you could say that he has that segment of the Republican party locked up. Unfortunately, the trouble for Huntsman is that much of the rank & file GOP primary voters are certifiable. It's hard to see Erick Erickson of Red State, to pick just one demented soul, backing a Jon Huntsman.
I suspect that Huntsman is really looking at 2016 probably surmising that the GOP in 2012 is going to go off the rails with its Tea Party infused radicalism. Come 2016, Huntsman may be able to pick up the pieces what is looking more and more a Republican train wreck next year at least on the presidential level.