Ken Buck discusses coordinated sliming by the left

Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck says he was slimed by last-minute ads that distorted who he is.

Unlike Colorado Republican Chair Dick Wadhams, he said the Democratic ground game made a huge difference in an election he expected to win up until the last minutes.

The interview with Channel 9’s Adam Schrager ran Wednesday evening, and is included below. Schrager, author of “The Blueprint: How the Democrats won Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care)”, and Buck talk extensively about the “organization outside the organization” and how there was a “coordinated effort” on the left to bring Buck down.

“They are very good at coordinating what appears to be an uncoordinated attack,” Buck told Schrager.

Buck, talking about ads produced by outside organizations late in the race, said “they clearly slimed me. They created an image of someone that was unlikeable.”

He criticized the Colorado Republican Party, saying “They need to grow up. They took a path that the grassroots just didn’t support.”

He said Colorado Republicans need to figure out why the Republican wave skipped Colorado.

Buck said he has no regrets and is enjoying being Weld County District Attorney. He didn’t say yes or no to running again.

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Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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