4th Congressional District primary: Buck will vote to reduce regulation
June 3, 2014
Name: Ken Buck
Occupation: Weld County District Attorney
Born: Feb. 16, 1959
Political Background: Republican, Weld County DA 2005-Present
Education: BA, Princeton University, JD, University of Wyoming Law School
Family: Spouse, Perry; Children, Cody and Kaitlin
Hobbies: Golf, shooting stuff
Kyle Saunders, political analyst from Colorado State University, and Dick Wadhams, former Colorado GOP chairman and Republican consultant, have analyzed the candidates for the Republican primary election on June 24 for the 4th Congressional District. Today they weigh in on Ken Buck.
Saunders: “Buck, he has a high burn rate of his cash. That he had less on hand at the Q1 pole than Renfroe is interesting. This quarter’s numbers will tell us a lot about how this all plays out. So, as of today, I’d say it’s a coin flip between (Buck and Renfroe). At this point coming down to the question of which candidate resonates with the R primary electorate.”
Wadhams: “I don’t think the race has fundamentally changed since it started despite the fact that Renfroe got top line at the assembly. I still think that Buck has a pretty big advantage going into the primary. He’s got much higher name ID, he had a ready made political organization throughout the district from his Senate races and not to mention the solid base he had in Weld County as district attorney. That advantage he has still exists. Right now, Buck (would be No. 1)”
Pros: Has the most name recognition of the four candidates with his run for the U.S. Senate in 2010, narrowly losing to Michael Bennet. Established a solid voter base in Weld County as district attorney. Fought cancer and won the battle over the disease last year.
Cons: Losing to Renfroe in the 4th CD assembly in April was a surprise. Has a tendency to get in hot water with controversial comments.
QUESTION: Why do you feel you are the best candidate?
ANSWER: I share the values of the 4th Congressional District, the passion to articulate those values, the guts to accept the consequences for taking principled positions and the insight to know we have no other choice. I believe America is on the wrong path and Congress is primarily to blame. Professional politicians in both parties are more concerned about their careers than our country's future. I will vote to reduce spending, reduce regulation and increase individual liberty because I believe legislation must promote local control, limited government and personal freedom. I want the next generation to live in a better America. A great America doesn't use the NSA to spy on innocent citizens, or order the IRS to target conservative groups, or force common core on parents, or ban guns in the name of public safety, or write a tax code nobody understands or require a specific blend of gas and ethanol for our cars. America will shine again when we reject dependency and embrace freedom.
Q: What are you most proud of in your professional life?
A: I am proud to work with a diverse community and produce tangible results that improve our quality of life. The people of Weld County are special with varied economic, ethnic and faith backgrounds. We came together to build a Juvenile Assessment Center, develop programs for our youth and reduce juvenile crime by 75 percent. We also worked jointly to address adult crime by focusing on gang violence and drug addiction which has resulted in a 50 percent reduction in adult serious crimes. Finally, we have developed proactive programs to combat senior fraud and white collar fraud that threaten the most vulnerable among us.
Q: What issues do you think are the most important in your district and what will you do to address them?
A: The most important issue facing America is our deficits and debt. Our country is on a path to bankruptcy, and if that is not corrected soon, we not only risk everything that we have built over the last 200 years, but we risk the futures of our children and grandchildren. Secondly, we must stop the federal government from encroaching on our freedoms. NSA spying, infringements on property rights, and restrictions on our second amendment rights are too commonplace, and are unacceptable.
Q: Do you feel there is a disconnect between voters and elected officials? If so, how can that be changed?
A: There is absolutely a disconnect between voters and elected officials. A prime cause of voters' frustration is that their elected leaders change once they go to Washington. Paul's words to the Corinthians describe what happens when a good person stays in Congress too long, "bad company corrupts good character." That is why I support term limits for members of Congress. Government needs to be more transparent and accessible. Members of Congress should not vote on legislation that they have not read and has not been made available to the public for input. Legislation should be short, address a single subject and earmarks must remain a distant memory. We need real oversight without partisan bickering. The Veterans Administration must account to the public for major deficiencies in services that have catastrophic consequences for those who have sacrificed for their country. Nor should we accept lies from the White House about a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.