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Huntsman Hires Three Veteran Florida Pols

June 20, 2011

Updated at 11:40 a.m.

As Jon Huntsman gears up for the opening of his presidential campaign headquarters in Orlando this week, he has tapped three well-known political consultants to help steer his Florida operation.

David Johnson, a former executive director of the Republican Party of Florida, has worked on slew of campaigns and ballot initiatives in the state. He helped oversee the Presidency III straw poll won by Bob Dole, an experience that could be valuable to the Huntsman team as it competes in the Presidency V straw poll in September.

Marc Reichelderfer was a consultant to Mitt Romney's campaign in Florida in 2008 and has close ties to state Sen. John Thrasher, the former state party chairman, who has endorsed Romney. He has advised the state GOP's House and Senate campaign committees and helped elect a number of lawmakers, including House Speaker Dean Cannon. The disgraced former chairman of the state GOP, Jim Greer, said last year that Reichelderfer had offered him a payoff to keep quiet about a secret severance deal -- - a claim he denied.

Alex W. Castellanos Jr., is the son of the veteran GOP media consultant with the same name to the Bush family. He is a partner at Purple Strategies.

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