Jon Huntsman Jr. (R) met with Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid(D-Nev.) and discussed the possibility of his being named the head of the World Bank, said multiple sources familiar with the conversation.
Whether the former Utah governor urged Reid to push for his appointment or dismissed the idea is a matter of considerable disagreement, however.
One Huntsman family friend said that the former governor “fought hard to be named by [President] Obama as head of the World Bank.”
Abby Huntsman Livingston, a Huntsman daughter who went to the meeting between her father and Reid, acknowledged that the World Bank opening came up in the conversation but said it was not something her father was interested in.
Reid never placed a call to the White House to advocate for Huntsman, and administration officials said Friday that he was never seriously considered for the job. Obama named Jim Yong Kim, president of Dartmouth College, to the World Bank post early Friday.
The current bank president, Robert Zoellick, is leaving in June. Zoellick and Huntsman are close friends, Livingston said.