October 12th, 2010
03:12 PM ET
12 years ago

Dems step it up in Colorado: Buck was 'reckless'

(CNN) – The Senate race in Colorado just got uglier.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is launching a new ad Tuesday that lifts "the curtain back on [Republican candidate] Ken Buck's tumultuous time as a federal prosecutor in the Justice Department."

The 30-second spot says Buck, who faces incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet, was rebuked for "professional misconduct," exited his job "under a cloud" and engaged in "reckless disregard."

"Buck gave inside information to lawyers for an illegal gun dealer," says the ad's narrator. "Then the dealer donated money to Buck's campaign. The official reprimand said Buck showed reckless disregard for his obligations. And Buck was ordered to attend ethics class."

Responding to the ad, Buck spokesman Owen Loftus said, "The DSCC and Michael Bennet can't run on their failed record of losing millions of jobs, pushing more Coloradans into poverty and raising the debt to $13.6 trillion."

"This type of smear and run campaign didn't work in the primary, and it's not going to work in the general election," Loftus added.

Recent polls show Buck leads Bennet by low single digits.

Filed under: Colorado • Ken Buck • Michael Bennet
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. stufthis

    Buck is just another republican culture of corruption crony. Americans have been pushed into poverty by the republicans, not the democrats. Perhaps right wingnuts have not heard of the unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy, unfunded drug programs, the unfunded wars, and the shipping of jobs overseas. Bush said we were on the brink of a great depression, and President Obama inherited his mess. Repubs are patient with Bush's ten year war in Afghanistan, but refuse to give Obama 20 months to fix the economy.

    October 12, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Snow

    What do you expect, the liberals are running from their own voting record, running from obama,reid and botox pelosi. These kind of ads only fuel the flames for the Republicans and make our victory over the liberals that much sweeter. Change is Coming and this time there is real Hope.

    October 12, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Democrats have no choice but to get into the gutter with the Republican-Koch-TeaPartiers.

    October 12, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    I love it when the RepubliCAN'Ts always come back with their talking points ""The DSCC and Michael Bennet can't run on their failed record of losing millions of jobs, pushing more Coloradans into poverty and raising the debt to $13.6 trillion." WHENEVER they get caught with something CORRUPT!!!! And they LIE – when did the debt get to 13.6 Trillion????

    Go right ahead RIGHTIES – just keep dodging the media and sticking to 'pre-programmed' talking points – it's just a matter of time before the American people figure you out!!!!

    DEMOCRATS – WAKE up and smell the CORRUPTION coming from the 'far-right' candidates – OH, wait a minute – they're ALL running FAR RIGHT – Jeez, when did that happen???? I guess they ARE the Tea Party!!!!

    DEMOCRATS – continue to STATE the CASE and mean it – UNITE the BASE and be proud of it – WIN the RACE in November 2010 – Yes We Can!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 12, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Steve (the real one)

    OK you gave a reason why I should not vote for Buck. Now, I should vote for you because???

    October 12, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. REG in AZ

    There are those now throwing around tons of money for the sole purpose of buying control of the voters’ thinking and to achieve a return to ‘more of the same’ that so greatly benefited them. They seek to con and manipulate public opinion and to control the elections’ outcome by totally dominating the air waves, and even the internet using paid staffers / volunteers, with their money and substantial efforts to saturate people’s minds with their scripted propaganda. There is no conscience or real concern for other than their own interests as all they want is to regain the advantage they had and they will literally do/say anything to return to ‘more of the same’.

    Remember the bold and arrogant, self-serving irresponsibility that ‘more of the same’ actually refers to: ‘trickle down’ dependency; Tax cuts for the wealthy; Global Warming not a problem; Private Accounts for Social Security; Minimized/ignored warnings before 9/11; Trumped up justification for attacking Iraq; Abandoned effort in Afghanistan; Afghanistan presented as secure; False coalition with America paying 95%+; Iraqi oil money never paying for the war; Pressure put on the intelligence community; Authorized departure from Geneva Convention rules; Misrepresentations on wars to manipulate public opinion; No bid contracts to favored vendors; Responsibility for port security to Dubai Ports; Excusing the humongous deficit and growing trade deficit; Their apathetic reaction to hurricane Katrina aftermath; Blocking bringing American drugs back into the US; Exposing the CIA agent's identity; Squelching the 'wiretapping without court order' story and falsely raising the security threat level, both done just before 2004 election; Excessive deregulation and the lack of any responsible oversight favoring a few and resulting in unchecked greed, gross dishonesty and criminal self-indulgence; Encouraging the deporting of American jobs and taxes; the sociopathic GWBush falsely presented as a 'born again Christian'; and since Bush-Cheney: Republican total belligerent concentration on their political ambitions; Stubbornly obstructing and faulting all efforts to address problems; Irresponsibly withholding any bipartisan cooperation; Aggressively intimidating and coercing their representatives to force unity; Supporters organizing and sponsoring Tea Party movement, much like the ‘Swiftboat” effort, to deceptively manipulate public opinion; Selecting candidates based on demonstrative ability and not on qualifications; Arrogance and gross dishonesty using scare tactics and emotional appeals; The distribution of extensive misinformation intended to mislead and to exploit: yes and even subtly using both sides of racial issue, without conscience; on and on totally without guilt, while arrogantly insultingly the public in just taking them for granted.

    The opportunity the voters now have is to send the message that they can’t be so easily duped, that the ‘full court press’ con isn’t going to work and that they really want bipartisan cooperation to honestly and conscientiously represent the people, the majority. To firmly reject the Republicans, Tea Party and regular, in November will send that message and force them to return to being the Grand Ole Party they once were – representing the people instead of just Special Interests and the few. Then we would see progress based on responsible cooperation instead of self-serving polarization and in 2012 we could even have effective competition that would offer the people real choice for honest representation instead of just ‘more of the same’. To tie government up now with gridlock will completely halt any progress, encourage and reward self-serving irresponsibility and ask for ‘more of the same’, making any real political reform near impossible – and thus completely play into the hands of Special Interests and the influential, powerful and extremely wealthy few who currently ‘call the shots’ for the Republican Party.

    October 12, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Didn't the gun dealer have free speech rights to give money to whomever he wanted? Ethics? We don't need ethics.. not in this election in the GOP. They got away with it under Bush, they're going to go hog wild this time. Think the GOP stacked courts are going to care?

    October 12, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. diridi

    colorado, go and vote Democrats....GOP thugs looted and bribed from Saudi Arabia for their Oil...you and I are paying high prices for Oil....Vote for Dem......God Bless....GOP want to cut down on Minimum Wage, and repeal Health care....nasty idiots of GOP thugs....Arrest the bastard Karl Rowe.....

    October 12, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. barry

    It's starting to get funny now. Desperation is setting in for Dems and they will try anything now. Liberals have such a Entitlement mentality they can't fathom the idea of not being in charge. Bring it all out continue your lies like the Liar In Chief does. The American People will put the majority of Dems in the unemployment lines soon. The Liar In Chief will join them in 2012. Sad

    October 12, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Lon

    the dems will try anything they can to try to hold on to their constitution killing majority

    October 12, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Orlando Patriot

    That's funny – you would think with the Democrats being in full power over the last two years would find slinging mud is not necessary and all they have to do is run on their own record and accomplishments........ Oh that's right – there ARE NONE!!! You Democrats are SOOOOOOOOO busted on November 2nd. You guys have been complaining for YEARS that the Socialist policies would work if they were ONLY GIVEN A CNANCE!!! You had power and FORCED those Socialist policies on the country and, what a surprise, they DON'T WORK!!! Well, how is that whole "Hope and Change" working out for you now?

    October 12, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. Hugo

    roy horner

    Screw you democrats! I am a true blooded tea party and republican. You will loose this november and the republicans will be in power. We will repeal your health care to make it more profitable and money for our lobbiyist. We will make sure that big bussiness makes the rules and law of our country and no t you common people. Screw you democrats, we republicans will win because we have the money from lobbiyis and we will use racism and hate and paranoia to get the people to our side. And you dems cannot do anything about it!
    Nice try you progressive impostor, but it does give an infinite insight into your Solinsky style tactics and how desperate the Democraps have become. See you on the other side, hopefully at a job!

    October 12, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. gt

    that rubber stamp sen. bennet is toast...pull out all the low life dirty tricks democrats...you are desperate....

    October 12, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |