Jon Huntsman Taps Sarah Stewart To Lead New Hampshire Campaign

By Benjy Sarlin TALKING POINTS MEMO September  1, 2011

john-huntsman-bfresh-blogJon Huntsman is shaking up his staff in New Hampshire, dropping his campaign manager for the state, Ethan Elion, and replacing him with a former aide to Tim Pawlenty.

“Sarah Crawford Stewart, a seasoned New Hampshire strategist, will be taking over many of the day-to-day responsibilities in her role as New Hampshire senior adviser,” a spokesman told the New Hampshire Union Leader. The campaign is very pleased with the leadership team we have in place in New Hampshire.”

Stewart was Pawlenty’s state director and also worked on John McCain’s successful 2000 and 2008 primary campaigns.

It’s a bit of a stretch to call any state a “must-win” for Huntsman given that he’s barely registering in national polling at the moment, sharing the bottom-tier with candidates like Thad McCotter and Gary Johnson. But as a far as Huntsman has a path to the nomination, it runs through New Hampshire, where he’s hoping he can appeal to independent and moderate voters to jumpstart his campaign.