Buck to try another bid for Senate

After a failed bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in 2010, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck is trying again.

This time, the Republican has entered the race to unseat Colorado’s other U.S. senator, Mark Udall.

“Since President (Barack) Obama and Senator Mark Udall went to Washington in 2008, Senator Udall has been one of the most reliable rubber stamps for President Obama’s failed policies,” Buck said in announcing his bid Wednesday on his website http://www.buckforcolorado.com. “The fact is, since 2008 America has been drowning in a sea of red ink, with a debt now totaling almost $17 trillion. Colorado needs a U.S. senator that will fight back in Washington, not capitulate to the big spenders.”

Buck, who recently battled lymphoma, defeated former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton for the GOP nomination to challenge Bennet, but lost that bid by less than 30,000 votes out of nearly two million ballots cast.

But before he can face the first-term senator, Buck will have to win a three-way primary.

To date, two other Republicans are in the race, both of whom serve in the Colorado Senate. They are freshmen Sens. Randy Baumgardner, whose district includes Garfield County, and Owen Hill of Colorado Springs.

A graduate of Princeton University, Buck earned his law degree from the University of Wyoming in 1985.

He was first elected district attorney in 2004, and currently is serving his third term.

Buck’s announcement drew immediate reaction from Democrats, who said the state rejected Buck once before and will do so again.

“Coloradans rejected Ken Buck’s extreme views more than two years ago because he was out of touch with hardworking Colorado families, but he fits right in with the current Republican field,” Palacio said. “Buck’s candidacy — like Randy Baumgardner and Owen Hill’s campaigns — shows how the GOP wants to turn back the clock on Colorado families.”


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