Politics & Policy

Will Huntsman Corp. Be a Liability for Jon Huntsman?

From Bloomberg:

Huntsman Corp.’s revenue in China surged 57 percent from 2009 to 2010 during his ambassadorship, almost two decades after its entrance there, data compiled by Bloomberg shows. …

China has become a bigger and bigger issue in recent elections, especially exporting jobs to China,” said John Feehery, a Republican strategist in Washington who isn’t working with any of the presidential campaigns. “If I were an opposition researcher, I would have a field day with this.” …

“We now employ more people between China and India than we do in North America, which is really quite phenomenal when you consider that about 90 percent of our associates 10 years ago were in North America,” CEO Peter Huntsman, 48, a younger brother of the potential candidate, told an industry conference on June 8. …

“I am proud of my private sector experience helping to grow our family business into a successful, global enterprise that has created thousands of high-paying American jobs,” Huntsman said in a statement provided by [Huntsman spokesman Tim] Miller. “The company’s global outreach brought capital back to America allowing it to greatly expand the number of American employees.”

Full piece here.

Huntsman, who served as vice chairman of the Huntsman Corp. board from 1993 to 2001, does not appear to have had any direct role in the company in recent years.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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