Wednesday, June 20 2012, 06:35 PM MDT
Republican Huntsman Joins Liberal Think Tank
(KUTV) Jon Huntsman Jr. made a surprising announcement on Wednesday.
The former Utah governor, and GOP presidential candidate, has joined a Washington "think tank," some call liberal.
Huntsman is still the chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation –but now he is adding another role, which could keep him close to politics in Washington.
Wednesday on Twitter Jon Huntsman wrote –"honored to join Washington’s well respected think tank @brookingsinstitution. Look forward to being part of the convo to strengthen democracy."
Jeff Hartley, a GOP political consultant finds the move interesting. "It's a little surprising because it's Brookings, and Brookings has traditionally been a left-leaning think tank,” he says.
Huntsman's move to Brookings may be part policy, part politics.
"This is an opportunity for him to stay relevant, and that may be part of the motive. But I think he probably believes he has something to offer, given his experiences with China, and other experiences,” Hartley said.
As ambassador to China–Huntsman was far away, before returning and running for president.
Now, if there's another run, Huntsman could be part of big discussions on lofty ideas, physically close, at least, to the center of power.
Huntsman will be a "distinguished fellow" at the Brookings Institution.
He will participate in a range of events, and research projects.
(Copyright 2012 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)