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Campaign for a Strong Colorado, a coalition of progressive political groups in the state, is calling on U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck to release a document drafted by an attorney for his campaign defending him against a campaign finance complaint. The complaint (pdf), written by Charles Grice, has been public since it was filed with the Federal Election Commission in May. It has been the subject of discussion in the political blogosphere, on talk radio shows and in the mainstream press, but Buck has played down the charges leveled by Grice and Buck's campaign denied requests by the Colorado Independent this month to make its defense public.
Charles Rick Grice last week sent a letter to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) seeking to withdraw a headline-grabbing campaign finance complaint he filed this summer against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck. Not so fast, says political campaign and government watchdog group Colorado Ethics Watch. The group sent its own letter to the FEC Wednesday (pdf) calling on the FEC to disregard Grice's request and to continue its investigation into the complaint.
On Primary Day two weeks ago, Weld County D.A. Ken Buck had just defeated former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton to win the GOP nomination to face Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in the general election. Buck campaign consultant Walt Klein gave a short speech to the crowd at the victory party in Loveland and then climbed down from the stage onto the floor, smiling and shaking hands. Klein has been working Colorado Republican electoral politics for thirty years and was basking in the hard-fought success of this latest campaign. "How many Nortons is that now?" asked the Colorado Independent. Klein's smile turned into a grin and he shot three fingers into the air.
U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton is teaming up again with John McCain, this time for a campaign swing on the last weekend of the GOP primary. Norton's betting that Colorado GOP voters will be more turned on by McCain's hawkish stand on the Afghanistan war than they will be turned off by the record of lukewarm conservativism that steered them away from his 2008 presidential candidacy in droves.
South Carolina U.S. Senator and national conservative-movement lawmaker leader Jim DeMint officially announced he was endorsing Weld County DA Ken Buck in the Colorado Republican primary contest aimed at taking Sen. Michael Bennet's seat this November. DeMint said he had been watching the race closely for months but that he had waited to see how "Coloradans would speak."
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck got creamed on the numbers this week. He drew $40,000 in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to GOP frontrunner Jane Norton's $550,000 haul. Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet pulled in a cool $1.1 million. "That's today's story," said Buck campaign manager Walt Klein.