Emily Friedman interviews Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell about his friendship with both Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman. Bell says he's now in a "difficult position" as he tries to decide whether to move up Utah's presidential primary from June to early March -- a move that would boost Romney's campaign.
Bell said he was first approached by members of Romney’s team in March of this year about moving the date earlier in 2012 before Huntsman was "even a gleam in the eye of any presidential promoter."
"At the time it was about making Utah a big player on the scene," said Bell, who believes that an earlier presidential primary will boost Utah voters’ impact on the nomination process, unlike a late June vote that typically has “abysmal” turnout.
But now with Huntsman in the race, things have gotten complicated, admits Bell.
Outspoken about his support for Romney’s presidential campaign, Bell knows that by backing an earlier primary date he might appear to be siding with one of his friends -- not to mention one of the presidential candidates -- over the other.
(See also related Wall Street Journal story.)