GOP U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck dropped by former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff’s birthday party campaign-debt fundraiser Thursday. Buck gave Romanoff a “Buck for Colorado” bumper sticker and he gave Romanoff’s fans a laugh and a thorn to twist in the side of Sen. Michael Bennet, who defeated Romanoff in a hard fought and in the end rancorous primary contest.
According to the Buck campaign, some of the die-hard Romanoff fans at the event ended up volunteering for the Buck campaign. (Others weren’t so sure that was the case.)
“We have a strong coalition of Democrats supporting my campaign,” said Buck. “As senator, you have to represent the entire state. That includes Republicans Democrats.”
Buck told the crowd that, as speaker, Romanoff “demonstrated that you can disagree without being disagreeable. That’s the type of attitude I will take to the U.S. Senate.”
The event came a day before the Democratic National Committee released a video as part of its campaign to underline views held by Buck that the DNC believes swing way outside the mainstream.
The video puts Buck together with far-right tea party-supported candidates such as Sharron Angle of Nevada, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Rick Scott of Florida and Joe Miller of Alaska.
“The Republican Tea Party 2010. Imagine, these people could represent YOU,” the ad warns.
Romanoff turned 44.