Huntsman campaign picks up former T-Paw staffer

Amanda Carey Contributor

Jon Huntsman’s presidential campaign didn’t wait very long before snatching up a former Tim Pawlenty staffer.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reported Monday that Sarah Crawford Stewart, T-Paw’s New Hampshire campaign director has signed on with team Huntsman. (RELATED: Suddenly, everyone wants to be Pawlenty’s friend)

While Stewart won’t be considered an official campaign staffer, she is joining as New Hampshire senior adviser.

“Governor Huntsman is committed to winning the New Hampshire primary, and I look forward to helping him and his team do just that,” said Stewart in announcing her decision. “I viewed Gov. Huntsman as somebody with exceptional governing experience. And I viewed him as someone who would be the strongest competitor against President Obama in a general election.”

Huntsman’s campaign strategy hinges on a clean win in New Hampshire. He has already spent countless days there campaigning since officially announcing his candidacy two months ago.

Pawlenty dropped out of the race Sunday morning after a disappointing third-place finish in the Ames Straw Poll. His campaign staff, including campaign manager Nick Ayers, communications director Alex Conant and adviser Phil Musser, could all be snatched up by the remaining campaigns in the coming days.