Rep. Ken Buck, Republican of Colorado, is one of the more obscure nuisances in the Republican minority. He’s neither as loud as Jim Jordan nor as psychedelically nutty as Louie Gohmert. But he does have his moments. From the :
Colorado Republican Party Chair Ken Buck, a U.S. representative from Windsor, pressured a local party official to submit incorrect election results to set the primary ballot for a state Senate seat, according to an audio recording of a conference call obtained by The Denver Post. “You’ve got a sitting congressman, a sitting state party chair, who is trying to bully a volunteer — I’m a volunteer; I don’t get paid for this — into committing a crime,” Eli Bremer, the GOP chairman for state Senate District 10, told The Post on Wednesday, confirming the authenticity of the recording. “To say it’s damning is an understatement.”
快乐飞艇开奖appBuck is a member of Congress. Why he would meddle this way in a state senate election back home is not for small minds to ponder.
In merciful brief, two Republicans run for an open seat. To qualify for the ballot in November, a candidate must get 30 percent of the Republican vote. One of the guys gets 24 percent but screams foul, and the whole matter goes before the state GOP central committee. (Yeah, I’m thinking about Brezhnev too.) Enter Congressman Buck, whose eye, it would appear, is on the sparrow.
The central committee consists of nearly 500 members, including elected officials and county officers. About 200 were on the line during an April 17 conference call in which the group voted to place Stiver on the ballot for the seat, even though he failed to receive 30% of the district’s votes. After the vote, Buck asked Bremer, the District 10 chair, whether he would comply with the committee’s decision. “Do you understand the order of the executive committee and the central committee that you will submit the paperwork to include Mr. Stiver and Mr. Liston on the ballot, with Mr. Liston receiving the top-line vote?” Buck said on the call.
Chairman Bremer don’t take no mess.
“Uh, yes, sir, I understand the central committee has adopted a resolution that requires me to sign a false affidavit to the state,” Bremer replied. “And will you do so?” Buck said. Bremer: “I will seek legal counsel as I am being asked to sign an affidavit that states Mr. Stiver received 30% of the vote. I need to seek legal counsel to find out if I am putting myself in jeopardy of a misdemeanor for doing that. ” Buck: “And you understand that it is the order of the central committee that you do so?”
Da, Comrade Congresscritter. Bremer refused to file a false affadavit. (Good move, by the way.) But Buck’s clumsy attempt to put his thumb, both feet, and a walrus on the scale didn’t sit well in Colorado. In a small way, this is characteristic of the modern GOP’s attitude toward electoral politics. There are no rules worth respecting, not even their own.
“How in the heck is the Republican Party going to go out and say we’re for the rule of law except when it applies to us — we can do whatever we want to?” Bremer said. “That’s not my Republican Party.”
Again, not for small minds to ponder.