The Colorado Independent’s sister site, The American Independent, reported Tuesday that Dick Armey and his FreedomWorks PAC are throwing their weight behind Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck in his Republican senatorial primary battle with former lieutenant governor Gale Norton.
Here’s the entire TAI post, which correctly points out the Armey nod solidifies Buck’s already solid bona fides among Colorado’s conservative tea party elements:
Dick Armey, former Republican House Majority Leader and chairman of FreedomWorks PAC, endorsed Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Colorado Tuesday. FreedomWorks is a political action committee that has organized many of the tea party protests and “trains and mobilizes hundreds of thousands of volunteer activists,” according to its website. Buck has been the favorite over fellow Republican Jane Norton among tea party coalitions in Colorado and beyond.
“Ken Buck is the clear choice for true conservatives in this election,” Armey said. “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.”
Buck praised Armey’s group in a statement. “FreedomWorks PAC has a strong record of helping conservatives get elected…I’m thrilled to have such a respected grassroots organization on our side.”
In April, Buck received the endorsement of Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), who runs his own PAC, the Senate Conservatives Fund, which is not associated with the Republican Party and does not support “liberal Republicans” but seeks to elect “strong conservative candidates.”
Norton, on the other hand, has received endorsements from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Conservative Union PAC and the Family Research Council PAC.
But with the FreedomWorks endorsement, Buck is now the clear favorite of a mobilizing arm of the tea party, which may indeed help turn out voters in November.