Political news junkies in the plastics industry got more than their share of interesting headlines this weekend. The big new is that Jon Huntsman Jr. decided to drop out of the race for the Republican presidential campaign. Huntsman, son of plastics Hall of Famer Jon M. Huntsman, entered the race six months ago, putting his efforts into the New Hampshire primary. But he finished third, and today he endorsed Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination. Insiders don't expect this will end Huntsman Jr.'s political career. Perhaps we'll see him on the presidential campaign trail again in 2016. The other big plastics-in-politics news comes from Missouri, where Dave Spence, the former president and CEO of St. Louis blow molder Alpha Packaging Inc., is running for governor. Jake Wagman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported this weekend that Spence's website contained some misleading biographical information. The site said Spence earned a degree in economics from the University of Missouri. But he actually earned a bachelor of science degree in home economics. Spence has changed the website, and he deflected the story with a bit of humor about his academic performance in college. Is this all just a tempest in a teapot? Stay tuned to see how voters respond. Spence faces an opponent in the GOP primary.
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