Candidate’s quip about ‘high heels’ goes viral on Web
A videotaped comment by U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck that voters should support him because “I do not wear high heels” — a shot at his Republican primary opponent, Jane Norton — has taken life on the Web.
It also earned Buck a comparison to other politicians whose bids for office foundered on videotaped comments they made.
Buck, the Weld County district attorney, “is going to have to use all of his best lawyer-speak to explain this really stupid statement,” Norton spokeswoman Cinamon Watson said. “He may say its no big deal, but just ask Creigh Deeds or George Allen what a comment like this can do to a statewide race.”
Republican George Allen’s bid for the U.S. Senate in Virginia and Democrat Deeds’ run for governor in the same state stalled over comments picked up on videotape. Allen referred unflatteringly to a campaign observer as “Macaca,” and Deeds testily addressed a reporter as “young lady.”
Buck campaign spokesman Owen Loftus said, “Obviously, the comment was made in jest after Jane questioned Ken’s ‘manhood’ in her new ad.”
In that ad, Norton, a former lieutenant governor, criticizes an independent 527 organization for attacking her and challenges Buck to “be man enough to do it himself.”
The Norton campaign “has routinely commented about her being a good choice because she is a woman, and her choice of shoes,” Loftus said.
Buck doesn’t believe Norton is disqualified from the Senate because she’s a woman, though, Loftus said. He did, however, accuse Norton of a double standard, saying her campaign “wants gender politics to be an issue in this campaign.”
Democrats criticized Norton and Buck on Wednesday, saying both had “a bad day” and cited Norton’s comment Monday that “we need a NASA budget that doesn’t cater to making Muslims feel good, but that is strong on science.”
Norton’s campaign didn’t back off Wednesday, with Watson citing NASA administrator Charlie Bolden’s comment in February that President Obama asked him to “find ways to reach out to dominantly Muslim countries.”
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Norton’s “man enough” ad: