July 21st, 2010
03:34 PM ET
4 years ago

Huckabee launches political operation in California

Mike Huckabee has instructed his political action committee to open a California branch.
Mike Huckabee has instructed his political action committee to open a California branch.

(CNN) - He has a cozy and lucrative gig as a talk show host and author, but former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee continues to send signals that he's not ready to abandon his political career.

The latest example: Huckabee has instructed his political action committee, Huck PAC, to open a California branch to support candidates for statewide office.

The state PAC, created so the national PAC can comply with California's campaign finance regulations, is being advised by Chuck DeVore, the conservative state Assemblyman who came up short in his GOP Senate primary bid earlier this year against Carly Fiorina and Tom Campbell.

"Huck PAC has dedicated volunteers nation wide – many of whom live in California," HuckPAC executive director Hogan Gidley told CNN in an email. "Over the past several weeks, they've contacted us about some strong conservatives running for the California State Assembly. With the help of our volunteers and former U.S. Senate Candidate Chuck Devore, Huck PAC is processing through and vetting several of these state candidates."

"While we've not made any formal decisions about endorsing, filing the proper paperwork was a necessary step for potentially endorsing State Assembly candidates in the future," Gidley continued. "True conservatives haven't faired too well in California since the days of Reagan – but we know that the state would greatly benefit from conservative office holders at all levels of government."

Huckabee on Wednesday also endorsed Van Tran and David Harmer, two California congressional candidates. Tran is challenging Rep. Loretta Sanchez in the Orange County-area 47th district, while Harmer is taking on Rep. Jerry McNerney in northern California's 11th District.


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  1. floridian

    So, the bigot still has plans to run in 2012 so he can fight the campaign of Romney and his religion. Huckabee needs to disappear from the political arena and concentrate on playing his guitar.

    July 21, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. B

    The FOOLS rush in..
    Amazing that these people keep showing up..

    July 21, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. matt

    Swell, Mr. 'Clemency for Cop Killers' and his Obamian pseudo-socialist agenda are on the move. Jesus-hugger wants to turn the other cheek until we've all been slapped to death. Never trust a theist.

    July 21, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. keeth in california

    Blood. On. His. Hands.

    July 21, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. Dave

    Please abandon the political arena Tax Hike Mike.

    July 21, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. gt

    a waste of time and money...

    July 21, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. 8 years of the Bush Error = How many years of recession and unemployment?

    Whew, with this "christian" huckster running, mittens and his magic underwear do not have ghost of a chance, again.

    As they say, stupidity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results!

    GObP!

    July 21, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Larry

    LOL. Give it a rest Huckabee.

    We've learned our lessson about putting celebrities in office.

    July 21, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. emma

    Huckabee brings so much of nothing to the table except his notion that the Constitution should be adapted from the Bible. He lacks the depth and breadth of knowing how to govern a complex, contemporary nation such as the US.

    July 21, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Once again........Huckabee is too MUCH of a religious figure to allow into office. That is a direct conflict with separation of church and state.

    July 21, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Nothing is too big to fail

    I hope Huckabee uses all his political connections to get behind Ron paul in 2012

    July 21, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. BC659

    We had an embarrassing reprsentative of God in Pat Robinson a few years ago. Now we've got Mike "The Holy Ghost" Huckabee. Aren't we suffering enough having Sarah Palin in our trenches?

    July 21, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Lynn

    I love seeing this news! There is no doubt in my mind that Huckabee is the one to lead our country out of this mess!

    He's got my vote if he decides to run. I will make the maximum contribution on the day he announces and work hard every day after that to put him in the White House.

    Finally, a conservative leader with solid core principles! I'm convinced that Huck is the one who will add "former" to Pres. Obama's title! Can't wait!

    July 21, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. tcaros

    Huckabee reminds me of a "bigoted Mr. Rodgers."

    He wears those "Dick Cheney" talking points very well- looking like a total idiot.

    July 21, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. That Man

    To say that Mike Huckabee is in a league of his own would be the understatement of this century. Leaders with power and brains are common. So are leaders with riches and popularity. But a competent leader full of integrity and skill, coupled with sincerity, is rare indeed.

    America has a visionary who can topple Obama and bring the true conservative leadership this nation desperately needs. His name is Mike Huckabee and I am glad to see this move into California.

    He has the most experience of anyone in the GOP bullpen at this time and has a likeability factor that would run off of any chart. Plus, his communication skills would even be envied by Ronald Reagan. If Obama wins a second term, it won't be because of the liberals. It will be because many so called "conservatives" were so ill-informed and boneheaded where Huckabee is concerned that they failed to unite behind the wisest, most talented leader our nation has seen in a generation.

    Rush-Beck-Coulter-Malkin and their ilk offered up Obama for us the last time around , and it would appear they are gearing up for act two in 2012. Had they been honest with themselves and their audiences in 2007-2008, they would not be whining 24/7 today about the socialistic drain America is swirling down - because it's quite possible Mike Huckabee would be President today.

    July 21, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Jacob

    gross. he is the last person we need around our state!

    July 21, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Bwahahaha!! His PAC is being advised by Chuck Devore, the right wing teabagger? I love it! The more money donated to Huckleberry's PAC the less money to be used somewhere where some right wing mouth breather may actually win. Harmer denounced the bank bailout and then received a hefty payout of bailout funds when JP Morgan FIRED him. Great candidate, Huckster.

    July 21, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. Gil

    When the rtight wing nut cases diviede up the 20-25% of the extremists in the GOP they should end up with single digit %. What a bunch of hooy!

    July 21, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    Good luck to the rethugs in 2010 and even worse 2012. They have absolutely nobody but a bunch of losers and the same old tired rhetoric points.
    No solutions to anything. It's all about whatever President Obama says they will do the opposite.

    July 21, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. Wisconsinite

    The only hope for the Democratic Party in 2012 is for Hillary Clinton to resign her position as secretary of state now and prepare for another election run. She has to separate herself from the clowns in the Obama Administration immediately before she is permanently tarnished.

    July 21, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |