Jon Huntsman, Sr, endorsed Jim Matheson this weekend (even though Matheson is still trying to tie himself to Romney – whatever).
The Huntsman family clearly has some long-standing rivalry with all things Team Romney and that spills over onto the candidates Mitt Romney has endorsed. But, the Huntsman approval rating is somewhere down around the bottom of the barrel right now, while Romney’s is through the roof in Utah…
Additionally, Matheson sits on the Energy and Commerce committee, the one that has the broadest reach and which oversees companies like, oh, I don’t know….Huntsman Chemical.
Mia Love is not likely to sit on Energy and Commerce as a freshman. If Matheson wins (which he won’t, but for the sake of argument…), he would have the potential to negatively impact one of his donors (filtered through PACs, of course – Huntsman has donated generously to the American Chemistry Council, which has maxed out to Matheson. Huntsman has also donated to Harry Reid, the DSCC and others.) Why unnecessarily anger someone who has the power to hurt you?
It’s probably not personal – it’s just business….