First from KUTV 2 (CBS):
KUTV 2News has confirmed through multiple sources that Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. may resign and accept the position of Ambassador to China in the Obama Administration. We hear the official announcement may come as early as Saturday. Governor Huntsman served as Ambassador to Singapore under President George H. W. Bush. Stay tuned to 2News and KUTV.com for more information.
and then from KTVX 4 (ABC):
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. will resign and accept an appointment as ambassador to China, ABC 4 has confirmed.
A press conference has been called for Saturday morning at the White House to annouce the appointment.
The appointment will most likely mean that Gary Herbert will become Utah’s next governor. Since Huntsman has only served a few months into his second term, a special election will most likely be called in 2010.
The U.S. Senate will have to confirm the appointment.
Damnit! Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuckity FUCK!
I know this will be great for Huntsman’s career, especially for his future national aspirations; but this is going to be bad for Utah. I don’t see Gary Herbert carrying on Huntsman’s vision, and it now becomes increasingly possible that many of the reforms that Huntsman has brought about in Utah will be able to be rolled back in the next couple of years.
President Obama … why are you taking Utah’s best politician in decades away from us?