Huntsman’s campaign manager resigns

Katie McHugh Associate Editor
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After only a month on the trail, Jon Huntsman campaign manager Susie Wiles has resigned her post.

“I’m proud to have worked hard to launch Jon Huntsman’s effort and proud of the team we built,” Wiles told The Daily Caller in an email. “Now is a good time for me to go back to my prior life.”

In an interview with the Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo, Wiles said, “It was in my plans to resign at some point. … I intend to be friend and confidante of Huntsman.”

Wiles didn’t offer an explanation for her departure, but plans to resume her business with Ballard Partners and her business partner, Tony Boselli.

While the Huntsman campaign hasn’t suffered from a mass exodus of top campaign staffers like the limping Gingrich effort, Wiles’s resignation could be a sign of darker waters ahead for Huntsman, especially in light of recent poll numbers.

According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Thursday, Huntsman polled only 3 percent among voters leaning Republican.

Gallup polls show the former Utah governor with only 1 percent of ballot support and a 3 percent positive intensity score among Republican voters.

Another campaign staffer, Spencer Geissinger — a Bush White House veteran who worked with Wiles on the Rick Scott campaign — resigned last week to take care of his ill mother.

The Washington Post reports Wiles will be replaced by communications director Matt David.