[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.