Abby Huntsman said Tuesday that the Republican Party had ostracized her father, former GOP presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman, for speaking about the need for a strong third party.
“Right after the campaign — and I haven’t told a lot of people this, I might get in trouble for saying this — but he was supposed to speak at a fundraiser in Florida and the RNC contacted him and said because you are speaking out about a need for a third voice you are no longer invited to represent us,” she told Current TV host Jennifer Granholm. “In fact, he has actually be uninvited to a lot of events. So the party that we see today is one of not inclusion.
Jon Huntsman dropped out of the 2012 Republican presidential race and endorsed Mitt Romney in January after failing to gain traction in the polls. He blamed his failed presidential bid on his unwillingness to pander to special interests.
In February, Jon said a third party movement was needed to bring new ideas to the public debate and break up the “duopoly that is getting old and tired.” He later compared the Republican Party to the Communist Party of China.
“This is what they do in China on party matters if you talk off script,” he said on MSNBC.
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