Weld District Attorney Ken Buck received a key political endorsement from U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., on Thursday.
Gardner, who is leaving his seat in the 4th Congressional District to run for the U.S. Senate against Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall, wrote in an email statement that he is supporting Buck as the 4th CD’s next representative in Congress.
“Washington’s lack of common sense and leadership grows daily,” Gardner wrote. “In the many years I have known Ken, his dedication to helping others as a district attorney, coach and community member have shown me that he will help fill this void. Ken will work hard to put Colorado and America back on track. I look forward to working with Ken to return fiscal responsibility, free-market economic ideas and common sense Colorado values to Washington. Ken will be a great, independent leader for the 4th Congressional District.”
Buck, who stepped out of the U.S. Senate race and into the 4th CD race Feb. 26 after Gardner decided to run against Udall, said he was pleased with Gardner’s endorsement.
“I’m honored to be endorsed by Cory,” Buck said. “He is very well known in the 4th and well respected, We’ve known each other for years, and I really appreciate his endorsement.”
Buck said he wanted Gardner to endorse him.
“It was definitely something I hoped for,” Buck said. “I think he’s going to be our next senator, and I think it’s just a great statement about what we’re trying to do in this congressional race.”
Buck is running against Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer, state Sen. Scott Renfroe of Greeley and Steve Laffey of Fort Collins for the Republican nomination in the June 24 primary.