Jon Huntsman’s Former Chief of Staff Endorses Mitt Romney

JERSEY CITY, NJ - JUNE 21: Republican Jon Huntsman speaks to the media after announcing his bid for the presidency on June 21, 2011 in Jersey City, New Jersey. In a speech with the Statue of Liberty behind him, Huntsman, until recently the U.S. ambassador to China under President Obama, emphasized his record as a two-term governor of Utah. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo: Spencer Platt/2011 Getty Images

Jason Chaffetz, who served as Huntsman's chief of staff during his governorship and now represents Utah's 3rd district in Congress, has decided to endorse Mitt Romney instead of his old boss because Romney, he says, "is uniquely situated to beat Barack Obama." Chaffetz may have ulterior motives as well: He's seriously considering a 2012 primary run against longtime Utah senator Orrin Hatch, and Romney is vastly more popular than Huntsman among Utah Republicans. Chaffetz says the conversation in which he broke the news to Huntsman was "a little awkward." Did Huntsman raise his voice? Probably not.

Chaffetz backs Romney over ex-boss Huntsman [Hill]