Jacksonville native Susie Wiles has announced her resignation as the manager of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s 2012 presidential campaign.
Wiles was a driving force behind Rick Scott’s successful gubernatorial campaign, and also acted as a top advisor to two former Jacksonville mayors: John Peyton and John Delaney.
The Washington Post reports that Wiles will be replaced by communications director Matt David.
Via the Post:
“Susie has served the campaign well and was vital in getting it off the ground in such a short time-frame,” Weaver said in a statement provided by the campaign. “In just under three months, Governor Huntsman has returned from China, launched a campaign and created a strong infrastructure in the three early primary states. He’s built important relationships with donors, as well as political, policy and grassroots leaders that other candidates have been courting for half a decade.”
High-level staff departures early in a presidential campaign are generally not seen as a good thing, but thus far, Wiles is the only known departure from Huntsman’s team. (Another staffer recently took a leave for personal reasons.)
According to the Post, Wiles’ husband, Lanny Wiles, remains employed by the campaign.