In what could be a potential giveaway to Gov. Mick Huckabee’s 2012 aspirations, Race42012 has reported that HuckabeeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s presidential committeeÃ‚Â Huckabee for President, Inc has filed termination paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. Though Mike Huckabee’s political action committee HuckPAC is still an entity and has filed it’s normal year end report, this could show clear signs that Mike Huckabee has decided not to seek the office of President in 2012. However, this could also mean that Mike Huckabee is in fact gearing up for a 2012 run, with a possible re-structure of committee. I also said earlier, that if Mike Huckabee doesn’t run, it could put Sarah Palin in the lead for the GOP Nomination.
I must add an important caveat: as I am not thoroughly versed in FEC campaign laws, it is not precisely clear what this filing means Ã¢â‚¬“ but we will keep digging to find out. Closing this committee could be indicative of Gov. Huckabee retiring old debts incurred in his 2008 presidential run in order to open a new committee for his 2012 campaign, or it could simply be the settling of old accounts. The timing, however, is interesting. Stay tuned for more details and analysis as the situation becomes more clear. As Drudge says, developingÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
UPDATE: A commenterÃ‚Â pointed out that Huck PAC executive director Hogan Gidley told Politico the following:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It should be obvious why the governor closed his 2008 Huckabee for President committee Ã¢â‚¬” itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not 2008 anymore,” Gidley said. “The expenses and obligations acquired from the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ08 Campaign had to settled. After all, Governor Huckabee can’t start a campaign for 2012, until he closes out the old one from 2008.Ã¢â‚¬Â