Jewish Journal


May 23, 2011

Is Jon Hunstman afraid of anti-Mormon voters?


Jon Huntsman is bright enough to know that one of the things that slowed down Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign was his Mormon faith. Right or wrong, there are a lot of Americans, particularly evangelical Christians, who are uncomfortable with the idea of a Mormon president. The “issue” ended up consuming a lot of campaign energy.

So it would not be surprising if Huntsman was consciously distancing himself from his Mormon and Utah roots, if he could do so without alienating those voters. But is he? The Salt Lake Tribune asked that question this month, comparing him to Romney and stating that he’s not nearly as overtly Mormon:

In a 2010 interview with Fortune magazine, Huntsman, then serving as the U.S. ambassador to China, talked briefly about his personal faith, with the magazine terming his Mormon credentials “soft.”

“I can’t say I’m overly religious,” Huntsman said. “I get satisfaction from many different types of religions and philosophies.”

Huntsman is raising one of his two adopted daughters, Asha Bharati, in the Hindu faith in which she was born. Another daughter, Abby Huntsman, was wed in the Episcopal-run National Cathedral, with the service officiated by the dean of the cathedral, The Rev. SamuelT. Lloyd III.

Since then Huntsman has made a few more comments that cause concern for Mormons.

Politico explores the question of Huntsman political-religious maneuverings a lot more in this article. Check it out.

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