After Saturday’s chaotic and belligerent GOP state rally in Colorado Springs, Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colorado) said GOP delegates who choose ultra-right-wing extremist candidates are “not making logical decisions,” but are “outraged” by “American weakness.”
In an interview with KOA Radio’s Colorado Morning News on Tuesday, Buck said he favored the caucus and assembly process for selecting candidates for the GOP primary, as opposed to qualified candidates applying for signatures in support of Colorado voters.
Buck said he believes the assembly process is more “respectable” for party workers, insiders and operatives who hold statewide meetings where delegates are elected and ultimately decide who should be the party’s nominee in the November general election.
But at Saturday’s state rally, those same Republican “activist” delegates largely backed candidates with extreme positions and platforms, many of whom are competing in Colorado and nationally for false claims of rigged elections, such as statewide candidate Greg Lopez for governor, Ron Hanks. US Senate and Secretary of State Tina Peters.
Some of these candidates have criminal records or, in the case of Peters, are facing multiple criminal charges.
Asked by 850 KOA radio hosts about his thoughts on the delegates’ strong support for Peters, Hanks, Lopez and other controversial candidates, Buck said that Colorado Republican voters – and by extension, the party’s elected representatives – are not making logical decisions that could win the general election. Who is the best candidate? ”
“Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like Buck Host told April Jesbagh and Marty Lenz that they’re crazy about the withdrawal from Afghanistan and that it shows the weakness of America in the world, which we don’t believe – as Republicans. They are furious for the high price of gas. They are mad for the high price of food. They are furious as crime rises in the city. They’re crazy about losing a well-paying job here in Colorado. They are furious for illegal immigrants crossing the border. People are crazy. They are not sitting down to make a rational decision about who is the best candidate who can win the general election. They are looking for people who are going to fight for them, and they have chosen who they think are the best fighters. “
Despite the fact that Colorado voters favored Joe Biden more than Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, where Biden won by a margin of 13 percentage points, Buck said Republican activists believed that “rational Americans would not throw President Trump,” and therefore backed candidates like Trump. Left that they see as “strong leaders”.
Buck added that he predicted Republican candidates – “candidates who are crazy and show that anger” – would win the November election by “landslide”. “We are looking at a tsunami,” he said.
Republican pundits and political observers have predicted catastrophic results for the state GOP in the November general election if these extremist candidates successfully sew up their respective race nominations. This means that those extremist candidates, although popular with a relatively small and narrow base of hard-right conservatives, will not get votes from more moderate, disjointed voters, including Colorado’s largest political population.
Colorado Republican Party Chair Christy Burton Brown agreed in an interview with Fox 31’s Matt Mauro that the Republican’s chances of winning the November general election depend on the perceived electoral legitimacy of the candidates among voters.
Burton Brown told Mauro, “Well, you know Matt, I think the question of eligibility. And that’s what Republicans across Colorado will be able to decide in June. We need to choose a Republican who is going to send Michael Bennett packing … [person] June, and we’re going to defeat Michael Bennett.
In the Fourth Congressional District Assembly on Friday, Buck lost the top bill to rival and relatively unknown candidate Bob Lewis in the June GOP primary ballot, who received more delegates votes than Buck.
Arriving for comment, Congressman Buck said the situation in the fourth district assembly last Friday was different than the driving result in the state assembly on Saturday.
“What happened in the fourth,” Buck said when reached for comment for this story, “was a requirement for all candidates who wanted to run for office to submit their nominees.” Buck provided that information although Lewis did not, which led some to assume that the race would be uncontested.
For various reasons, only 300 of the more than 500 delegates attended the rally, Buck explained. Bob Lewis was nominated from the floor of the Assembly, and the support of his delegates was lined up, leading to his final victory after counting the delegate votes.
Listen to the full interview with US Republican Buck on the Colorado Morning News (KOA, 850 am) using the media player below: