Jon Huntsman’s Former Chief of Staff Endorses Mitt Romney

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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]