New love letter: TPaw lavished praise on Jon Huntsman

Jon Huntsman doesn’t just send letters of praise. He receives them, too — including from former Minnesota governor and presidential rival Tim Pawlenty.

A letter obtained by The Daily Caller reveals Pawlenty thought Huntsman was an outstanding choice to be the U.S. Ambassador to China when President Barack Obama appointed the then-Utah governor to the position in August 2009. In other words, amid conservative criticism that Huntsman was a member of the Obama administration, Pawlenty at least thought it was a good call at the time. (FLASHBACK: Huntsman’s Love Letters to Obama, Clinton)

“Mary and I extend our congratulations to you and Mary Kaye on your nomination by President Obama to be the next Ambassador of the United States to the People’s Republic of China,” Pawlenty’s letter opens. “It was a brilliant choice by the President and a fitting recognition, of your tremendous skill, knowledge, and ability to tackle this important and demanding job.”

Pawlenty’s letter stresses the importance of the U.S.–China relationship, and of the role Minnesota has played in pioneering the trade relationship between the two countries.

“The economies of the United States and China will become increasingly interdependent in the years ahead,” Pawlenty wrote. “As China is becoming a more responsible global partner, the United States and China will hopefully work together to tackle global issues such as energy scarcity, environmental degradation, infectious diseases, nuclear weapons proliferation, terrorism, and others.”

“Again, congratulations and best wishes on a successful posting in China. I look forward to an opportunity to see you in Beijing,” Pawlenty’s letter concludes.

Tim Pawlenty’s campaign is in its final stretch before the Ames Straw Poll next week in Iowa. Some see it as do-or-die for the campaign, which has been floundering in the single digits in most national polls. Huntsman, however, is not competing in the straw poll event, nor is he campaigning heavily in the state.

“Governor Huntsman was grateful for the letter, as he and Governor Pawlenty have a good relationship,” Tim Miller, a spokesperson for the Huntsman campaign, told TheDC. “It’s unfortunate that in a political campaign, opponents will try to politicize a respectful congratulatory letter like this.”

The Pawlenty campaign did not respond to requests for comment.

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  • Rhys

    I kept reading the story all the way to the end. I never really saw what made it news. It did strike me that t-paw wants to work with china on the environment and infectious diseases. That’s the news here… maybe the headline could have been, “TPaw wants to work with communist china to further the Obama/Bush agenda”

    • Anonymous

      He could pack up and move to china. He could be closer to his pals in peking then.

  • JPalm

    McCain reborn???
    McCain: Harry Reid my friend. Obama is nice man. Palosi nice lady
    These are the people that rammed all Obam’s garbage down HIS & our thoats.

  • Mrbrown0001

    One could call it a human centipede.

  • Anonymous

    Matters not. Both losers will be dead meat soon enough. Then they can go stroke each other in private and spare the rest of us the embarrassment.

  • Colorado Ron

    Must be a slow news day or somebody on the staff has it in for T-Paw. This one’s not up the DC’s usual high standards

  • Rgram1673

    Be careful people. It was the mainstream media that ‘chose’ (through promotion and coverage) McCain in 2008 because they knew he couldn’t beat Obama. Their doing it again as they promote Romney. Although I am disappointed that the Daily Caller (not a liberal rag) is doing such trivial stories as this on Republican candidates, I am not about to throw any candidate that the MSM dislikes under a bus. Open your eyes! The media became ‘king makers’ in 2008 and they plan to do it again!

  • Stephen wille

    whats with the love fest?  that they express themselves like that, is what bothers me most.

  • Anonymous

    This just means that Pawlenty is from the Midwest and was DUPED like the rest of society who voted for the most Liberal President in the US History!

    Pretty sure he doesnt feel so good now…..like the rest of you who voted for him!

  • truebearing

    Well, it was a nice letter, but irrelevant. Pawlenty and Huntsman are no closer to getting the nomination than I am.