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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/29/2012

Jon Huntsman’s daughters, off the campaign trail but still on the scene


Liddy, Mary Anne and Abby Huntsman at the opening of the Emporio Armani boutique at Tysons Galleria Saturday. (Paul Morigi)

A year ago, it’s safe to assume, the breakout stars of the GOP primary didn’t envision spending one of the final 10 days of the 2012 race as VIP hostesses at a suburban boutique opening.

But if you were looking for a touch of sideline melancholy at Tysons Galleria on Saturday — well, that’s just not how the “Jon2012 Girls” roll.

“We had so much fun!” Liddy Huntsman told us, recalling the pre-New Hampshire jolliness of father Jon Huntsman’s presidential bid. “And you can’t take things too seriously. That’s why I think people liked us.”

“The only thing we regret is that more people didn’t get to know our dad well enough,” Abby said.


Liddy, Abby and Mary Anne Huntsman in their “Jon2012girls Smokin’ Ad,” a parody of a Herman Cain spot. (Courtesy Jon Huntsman Campaign)
With a lively Twitter account and a series of cheeky videos, Liddy and sisters Mary Anne and Abby did their darnedest last year to pump up their dad’s campaign — notably with a fake-mustache shtick parodying an ad by Herman Cain’s campaign manager. It didn’t work — though it did grant the threesome (the oldest of Huntsman’s seven kids) entree into the celebrity-political-kid media universe recently charted by Jenna Bush and Meghan McCain. Though Mary Anne, 27, is focusing on a career as a concert pianist and nonprofit work, Abby, 26, is a frequent cable talking head and host for HuffPost Live, and Liddy, 24, has a weekly radio show in Utah and ambitions to get into film.

On Saturday, they lent their star power to the opening party for the Emporio Armani boutique at Tysons Galleria — champagne and shopping to benefit the developing-world sanitation advocacy group Water.org. Dolled up in the Italian designer’s clothes, they talked about their newfound passion for politics.

“We’re more opinionated now,” said Liddy. “We feel we want to be even more involved in the election cycle now because we saw how much our country needs a good leader.”


The Huntsman family on primary night in Manchester, NH in January 2012. (Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
She seemed to be referring to some theoretical election cycle and theoretical good leader in the future, however: Although their father endorsed Mitt Romney , he has not done any campaigning or surrogacy work for him, and neither have the Huntsman daughters. Their exact feelings about Team Romney could not be divined, though they asserted that if Romney loses, the Republican Party will need to take a serious look at the women’s vote. They offered no predictions on what will happen next week.

Oh, but they do have a Halloween costume lined up.

“We’re dressing up as a binder of women,” Abby said. She promised to tweet a photo.

Earlier: Jon Huntsman daughters on the campaign trail and YouTube, 10/31/11

Jon Huntsman’s daughters and the Romney-mocking video you never saw, 1/18/12



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