July 30th, 2010
10:40 AM ET
13 years ago

Huckabee opens PAC in Florida

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/16/art.huckabee.file.gi.jpg caption ="Mike Huckabee is opening a new arm of his PAC in Florida."](CNN) - A week after launching a branch of his political action committee in California, Mike Huckabee is expanding the political operation into his newly adopted state of Florida.

HuckPAC began filing the necessary paperwork on Thursday to create a Florida chapter, with the goal of supporting local and state-level candidates along with federal ones.

"We do this because we recognize that true conservatives must be returned to office at every level of government," HuckPAC executive director Hogan Gidley told CNN.

The potential 2012 presidential candidate switched his residency from Arkansas to Florida, where he and his wife own a home, in April. At the time, Huckabee dismissed speculation that the move to the battleground state was a political calculation. He called it a "personal decision" that would have him splitting his time between Florida, Arkansas and New York, where he hosts a Fox News talk show.

Though Huckabee finished fourth in the 2008 Republican presidential primary, he had strong support in conservative regions of north Florida where he won a handful of counties.

Huckabee's Florida resume also has a significant highlight: In May 2009, he became the first major Republican figure to endorse Senate candidate Marco Rubio, well before Rubio surged ahead of Gov. Charlie Crist in the GOP primary and became a national conservative darling. Rubio backed Huckabee's bid in 2008.

"The formation of this new PAC demonstrates the commitment Gov. Huckabee has to his new home state and the conservative candidates throughout, not solely those with a national spotlight on them, but all the way down through the state and local levels," said the new chairman of HuckPAC Florida, Frank Tsamoutales, a Tallahassee-based lobbyist and GOP fundraiser.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. BeverlyNC

    Huckabee is wasting his time. He will never be close to being a nominee. Besides what Republican ISN'T running for President? That Party is so screwed up and fractured they have no idea who they are and who the leaders are. Let's see – aren't there at least 17 Republicans now running for the 2012 primary?

    Hilarious thing in not one of them could come close to beating President Obama. None of them have done a single thing for this country except call for our failure, criticize everything, obstruct all legislation to help the working families whose lives the Bush years destroyed, and be totally arrogant and clueless about what life in America is really like. They are too busy hanging out with their rich white corporate buddies at their all-whites-only country clubs.

    Republicans are a sad, destructive joke.

    July 30, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Ben in Texas

    I think Huck is going to be the guy Repugnants turn to in 2012. All the rest have too much baggage. Palin and the other teabagger-associated jerks will be recognized for their extremely high negatives, Romney will still be a Mormon (i.e. pagan), Giuliani and some others have passed their sell-by date. Huck is a southerner, which gives him an edge with in the Homeland of Ignorance (i.e. Republicanism), the South.

    This is all good for the Democrats, who will have a successful incumbent in the White House ready to trounce the Huck.

    July 30, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. Gordon Shumway

    Now here's a Presidential candidate I can believe in, finally!

    July 30, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. montag

    "We do this because we recognize that true conservatives must be returned to office at every level of government,"

    What 'true conservatives'? There are none left. The GOP has been taken over by right-wing nutjobs.

    July 30, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Sharron

    That's the problem with Republicans they think that every one all Americans need to be conservative......that's what makes this a Free Country when everyone can be what ever they want to be whether it is Liberal, Moderate or in between.......if this country was totally conservative this country would no longer be the Great Nation that we are......so stop this CONSERVATIVE Stuff and get back to working together for the good of the country and not the good of your Party.....

    July 30, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Proud member of Global Zero

    I used to like him. He has a great sense of humour, calm demeanour, and a nice smile. I just cannot vote for someone that denies science for g-d.

    We in the state of Florida know that it is time to keep religion out of politics. This is just too close for me.

    July 30, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    "We do this because we recognize that true conservatives must be returned to office at every level of government"-Hogan Gidley, and later in the above, "...where he hosts a Fox News talk show" and finally in the above, Frank Tsamoutales, a Tallahassee-based lobbyist and GOP fundraiser. I know who Huckabee is. Now who are the other two? I must look them up.

    July 30, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    I like Huckabee as a guy–seems like a decent sort, and all. But I do so wish he'd take his divisive bible-thumping and go home Trying impose the tenets and implications of Christianity on everyone, regardless of their religion–or dismissal thereof–is a profound repudiation of the right of people to have and exercise their own moral philosophies.

    July 30, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Keith in Austin

    One asset that Huck brings to the table is his sense of decency. He is a far cry from the cesspool of Liberal polititions controlling our Nation now!

    Pelosi drained the swamp alright and found her fellow Democrats left wallowing in the mud

    July 30, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Britt D. Davis

    Living proof that "Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels", Palin has joined Karl Rove and the others to Foxxilize the thinking of the right, following the "law and order" and "hate list" banners of the right wing after McCarthy and Nixon. A pox on their house.

    July 30, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. David in Houston

    Mike Huckabee does not believe in evolution...and why should he?

    His very existence is proof that some people are unable to evolve!

    July 30, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    America needs to beware, the conflict between church and state, and avoid candidates, whose backgrounds are clearly biased to the church.

    July 30, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. John

    I'm not sure if Huckabee's popularity among conservatives is more ominous than Palin's. They're both wingnuts but Huckabee is clearly more intelligent. That's not necessarily a good thing.

    July 30, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. floridian

    Many criticize President Obama for always being in a campaign mode. Take a hard look at this bigot by the name of Huckabee. Moving to Florida is his attempt to secure that state's nod in the 2012 Republican primary - nothing more, and he is lying about it as he calls it a "personal" decision. Why are politicians always in a lying mode? The word "integrity" just doesn't exist in their vocabulary or dictionary. In my opinion, he is not seeking the 2012 Republican nomination, he will be running to try to prevent Mitt Romney (remember the anti-Mormon talk by bigot Huckabee in 2008?) from securing the nomination.

    July 30, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Lynn

    His constituents in Arkansas figured out the preacher man, but he still doesn't get the message. He opened a Mexican Consulate in Little Rock that virtually made Arkansas a sanctuary city. Then he left the mess for Arkansans to clean up by fleeing what he created.

    July 30, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. one voice

    Does this CLOWN really think he has a chance to become President? Moving to Florida means it's all about the electorial votes. Florida voters are smart enough to send this Corpotate shill packing in 2012.

    July 30, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. Dave

    Please go away Gomer. We can't take "Tax Hike" Mike.

    July 30, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. w l jones

    Spending tax payer write off money do not sound conservative to me and many more. Said enough.

    July 30, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Maxine

    Good for you, Gov. Huckabee as you continue to spread your conservative voice in all states in America!!

    July 30, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. The reality is...

    Huckabee would be a refreshing change from "el general" Obama who seems to care more about promoting the one world government agenda, which will enslave all but the elite, than fulfilling his obligation to the office he was sworn into and the legal residents of the U.S.A. Contrary to the "new and false" history that is so eagerly promoted by our politically correct institutions of higher "education" this country obtained it's prosperity by the moral and ethical integrity of hardworking God fearing men and women of integrity who followed biblical precepts whether or not they themselves were Christians. Now that we as a nation generally condemn and mock anyone who espouses such wisdom we are suffering the consequences. The only one who can save this nation from degeneration is God himself, and perhaps he will if we do our part and return to Him wholeheartedly.

    July 30, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. Donkey Party

    If I want to live in a Theocracy, I'll move to Iran.

    July 30, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |