July 6th, 2010
01:04 PM ET
4 years ago

Buck gets big endorsement

Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck has won the backing of FreedomWorks, a nonprofit organization associated with the Tea Party movement.
Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck has won the backing of FreedomWorks, a nonprofit organization associated with the Tea Party movement.

(CNN) - Five weeks before Colorado's primary, Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck has landed a helpful endorsement.

The conservative candidate announced Tuesday that he's won the backing of FreedomWorks, a nonprofit organization that helps train volunteer activists and has provided some of the organization behind the Tea Party movement.

Buck, the district attorney in Weld county in north-central Colorado, is facing off against former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton for Colorado's GOP Senate nomination.


"FreedomWorks PAC has a strong record of helping conservatives get elected," says Buck, in a statement. "I'm thrilled to have such a respected grassroots organization on our side."

"Ken Buck is the clear choice for true conservatives in this election," says FreedomWorks PAC Chairman Dick Armey, He has enough common sense to recognize that a nation cannot tax its way to growth, or spend its way to prosperity. There is a shortage of that kind of thinking in Washington right now."

Norton, who won the important endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last week, has the backing of national Republicans, who view her as the strongest candidate this November. The Republicans are trying to recapture the seat now held by Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, who was appointed early last year to replace Sen. Ken Salazar. Salazar stepped down to serve as Interior Secretary in the Obama Administration. Bennet is being challenged in the Democratic primary by former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.

Earlier this year Buck won the backing of conservative Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina. DeMint has used his political action committee, the Senate Conservatives Fund, to promote and raise money for other conservative Republicans in competitive primaries, moves that often put him at odds with national Republicans. DeMint is scheduled to campaign in Colorado with Buck on Thursday.

FreedomWorks says they'll help Buck with get out the vote efforts in Colorado over the next five weeks. The group helped in the campaign to defeat Republican Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah, who lost his bid for a fourth term in the Senate by GOP delegates at a state party convention. The group then backed Mike Lee, who ended up winning last month's Republican Senate primary in Utah. FreedomWorks has also endorsed Rand Paul in Kentucky and Marco Rubio in Florida.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Ah, so was it FreedomWorks' idea to put Obama in white face all over the Teatard signs? Did they copywrite the Obama-as-Hitler (or Stalin) image? I just wanna make sure I don't get any "cease and desist" letters if we decide to throw those images back in their faces.

    July 6, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Peter s

    Bucks gets Big Bucks from the big corporations!!! which supports the tea baggers and pays them! they are ll for sale!!!

    July 6, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Wisconsinite - the GObP Loves Big Oil, But Hates Suffering Americans

    And the GObP continues to be eaten alive by the Tea-Peeing-Nut-Bags! Love it, love it, love IT!!!! Seems to me that Colorado will still have a Democratic Senator in the fall thanks to FreedumbWorks & Jim Demented :-)

    July 6, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Gary

    Cut Spending.....stop the deficit spending now.

    July 6, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. one voice

    Just more CORRUPT,DIRTY money being donated to defeat the American taxpayer by the CORPORATE DRIVEN GOP. CROOKS.

    July 6, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. marlene

    Ken Buck, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Dick Armey – what a group. I wouldn't want to paint with to broad a brush, but Freedom Works and Dick Armey should just wave a red flag for voters. Marlene in Mich

    July 6, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    Even Joe Scarborough, a staunch republican, in his book says the following:

    " ...... Before he headed Freedomworks, Dick Armey was House Majority Leader. According to Scarborough, Armey was bereft of common decency, a shameless liar who betrayed his colleagues. Armey worked hard to destroy the career of a young reporter. After that reporter's suicide, Armey helped spread rumors about a gay affair between the reporter and Bill Paxon, a congressman who angled to replace Armey as House Leader. Paxon immediately retired from politics, while Armey stayed on....... "

    July 6, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. once upon a horse

    wow looks like the right wing wackos are trying to overtake Colorado now. Denver was once such a nice open minded place to live. I guess it's good I moved when I did!

    July 6, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. vic of New Yotk

    You mean to say he got Dick Army's endorsement, don't you.

    We all know that pupetmaster is the money and push behind the so called "Freedomworks" organization. Why it is considered a tax-free haven and not a lobbying organization is another question.

    That question talks more to the sleeziness and hypocrisy of the Right-Wing front.

    So I guess what Ken Buck is telling us is that he is the willing puppet of Dick Army!

    Yeah, like that will get my vote....

    July 6, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Michael from Ventura

    Just what Colorado needs- another wingnut backed by other winguts.

    July 6, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Captain Crunch

    Excellent. Buck takes out Norton and a Democrat wins!

    July 6, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. S Callahan

    This man had to be born to run office....who could top the name 'BUCK'.......LOL the buck stops with him!!! lol

    July 6, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. onlysanetexanleft

    Big endorsement from a group with zero ideas, just hate and misinformation.

    July 6, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Thomas, Illinois

    Freedom Works, a non-profit org? Now thats funny..

    July 6, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |