Failed 2008 Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has launched Huck PAC, a grassroots organization that aims to support conservative candidates throughout the United States.
Huckabee says the goal is to identify volunteers nationwide, organize into local groups in every U.S. county and then assist Huck Pac endorsed candidates. Huck PAC will be “begin recruiting leadership in every state and county….[with a goal to] have at least one Huck PAC group leader in every county in the nation by the end of 2009.”
Huckabee says that the group is aiming to help locally because America “needs conservative leadership now more than ever. Important issues are at stake: tax reform, controlling spending, the 2nd Amendment, sanctity of life, traditional marriage and much more.”
Huckabee volunteers previously assisted in the re-election of Saxby Chambliss in the Georgia run-off election.
While Huckabee’s desire to help conservative candidates isn’t surprising, the group of this nature, run by Huckabee would appear to be an early play for the 2012 Presidential Elections. It’s smart politics as well: keep your base involved and always in touch, ready to move once the Primary season begins in 2011. Whether Huckabee is the right guy next time around is certainly open to debate: on one hand running a hard line conservative against Obama would be an interesting move, and yet Huckabee does have one strong card to play: he is eminently likable in person, particularly on television.