If the polls hold, 2014 should be a banner year for Republicans.
But Jon Hunstman Sr., a self-described “lifelong Republican” and former special assistant to President Richard Nixon, is looking ahead with concern about the Grand Old Party’s 2016 prospects.
“The Tea Party has completely captivated and ruined the Republican Party today and they’ll show this in 2016,” says Hunstman, author of Barefoot to Billionaire. “Unless a Jeb Bush comes in or John Huntsman Jr., the Republicans don’t have a prayer.”
In addition to being the founder and executive chairman of the chemical company that bears his name, Huntsman is the father of Jon Huntsman Jr., the former Utah Governor and U.S. Ambassador to China who unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination in 2012.