In anticipation of campaign stops in the Sunshine State, Florida Party Chair Rod Smith blasts Jon Huntsman

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Since there were the first echos that the then U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, might be considering leaving his job and running for president, the quote from Obama chief campaign strategist David Plouffe was revived: that he was one Republican that the Obama campaign feared going into the 2012 election cycle.

That's because on paper and possibly in person, the former Utah Governor makes a great impression, and unlike much of the GOP field, isn't betrothed to the Tea Party.

But whether that was a smokescreen or not, this morning the chairman of the Florida Democratic Party, Rod Smith, weighed in for the first time this political season on a Republican candidate, and it happened to be Huntsman, who officially entered the campaign yesterday and will be making appearances in the Sunshine State on Thursday.