Rep. Ken Buck Announces He Will Not Seek Re-Election
Colorado Republican Representative, Ken Buck, Declares He Will Not Run for a Sixth Term
U.S. Representative Ken Buck, a conservative Republican who represents Colorado’s rural eastern plains, made the decision on Wednesday to not pursue a sixth term in Congress. He attributed his choice to the many Republicans in his party who refuse to accept the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and condemn the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Disillusioned with His Party’s Leadership, Buck Takes a Stand
Buck expressed his disappointment with the Republican party’s “insidious narratives” which he believes lead to widespread cynicism and undermine Americans’ trust in the rule of law. He firmly stated that too many Republican leaders are misleading the country by claiming that the 2020 election was stolen and downplaying the seriousness of the Capitol attack and its aftermath.
Buck’s Reputation as a Fiscally Conservative Wildcard
The 64-year-old former prosecutor has served in Congress since 2015 and has gained a reputation for being a wildcard as a fiscal conservative. However, he has also shown a willingness to challenge his party’s leaders when he disagrees with their actions. Buck was one of the eight Republicans who joined with Democrats to remove House Speaker Kevin McCarthy from his position in early October. He later endorsed Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana for speaker, despite Johnson’s own efforts to overturn the 2020 election results through a legal challenge.
Speaking Out Against McCarthy and Highlighting Concerns
Buck has been vocal about his opposition to McCarthy’s decision to launch an Impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, arguing that House Republicans were relying on weak evidence. Additionally, he has raised concerns about the process for approving spending and has criticized the use of stopgap spending bills.
Granger Also Announces Retirement on the Same Day
On the same day as Buck’s announcement, U.S. Representative Kay Granger of Texas, the Republican chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, stated that she would not seek re-election in 2024 after nearly three decades in Congress. Granger, who is 80 years old, believes it is time for a new generation to take up the mantle and be strong representatives for the people.
Read More of this Story at fox59.com – 2023-11-01 19:16:48
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