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In White House bid, Jon Huntsman drops the Jr.

Published September 11, 2011 12:50 pm

Politics • His moniker may not matter, but don't bring up Obama.
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Washington • Jon Huntsman has lost the junior.

In Utah, the then-governor was almost always listed as Jon Huntsman Jr., a nod to his namesake father, the wealthy industrialist and philanthropist who until 2004 was the only Jon Huntsman with whom the state was familiar.

Huntsman Jr.'s gubernatorial campaign materials all included the junior appendage and during his time as governor, so did his press releases, website and public introductions. He signed bills into law with the always-present "Jr."

Nationally, however, he's become just Jon Huntsman.

The now-presidential candidate, who is returning to Utah for the first time since officially announcing his White House bid, has for the most part dropped the junior title as part of his name, opting on his campaign information to just be Jon Huntsman; same with his press materials. On his website, he's just Jon.

"I'll use whatever people want to use," Huntsman, 51, told The Tribune when asked whether he was purposefully dropping the junior. "It's a little bit like when I was governor: It went from one to the other, back to the other. They were used interchangeably, and I suspect [on a national level] people will use whatever they want."

Huntsman offered the same response to reporters who asked him whether he'd like to be known as governor or ambassador after returning as America's top envoy to China. He said "Jon" was fine, though his campaign staff has clearly got the hint that he should be referred to as governor and not by the ambassador title he carried under President Barack Obama.

"I don't much care," Huntsman said of what people should call him. "At home I'm called everything, so people can call me everything."

tburr@sltrib.com