[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/21/art.getty.huckabee.jpg caption="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.