OAN’s Elizabeth Volberding
3:10 PM – Wednesday, November 1, 2023
GOP representative Ken Buck of Colorado declared that he will not be seeking reelection to the U.S. House for a sixth term in 2024.
On Wednesday, Buck (R-Colo.) appeared in an interview with reporters.
During the interview, he expressed that Republicans had “insidious narratives” regarding the 2020 presidential election, insinuating that the election was stolen and that prosecutions after the election added up to the “weaponization” of the Justice Department.
Buck, who was initially elected into office in 2014, mentioned that he believed the GOP needed to go back to its core conservative values, instead of resorting to “self-serving lies.”
“I have decided that it is time for me to do some other things,” Buck, 64, told the press. “I have always been disappointed with our inability in Congress to deal with major issues and I’m also disappointed that the Republican Party continues to rely on this lie that the 2020 election was stolen. If we’re going to solve some difficult problems we’ve got to deal with some very unpleasant lies.”
Additionally, Buck shared a video to his YouTube page in which he thanked his constituents for their help, saying “as we have fought against the left’s policies that have had real world consequences.”
“Our nation is on a collision course with reality,” Buck proclaimed. “A steadfast commitment to truth, even uncomfortable truths, is the only way forward. Too many Republican leaders are lying to America claiming that the 2020 election was stolen, describing Jan. 6 as an unguided tour of the Capitol, and asserting that the ensuing prosecutions are a weaponization of our justice system. These insidious narratives read widespread cynicism and erode Americans’ confidence in the rule of law.”
Buck added, “it is impossible for the Republican Party to confront our problems and offer a course correction for the future while being obsessively fixated on retribution and vengeance for contrived injustices of the past.”
However, the Colorado congressman’s news was not surprising for many. For months, he has been condemning fellow Republicans.
In October, Buck was one of the eight GOP members who voted to dismiss House Speaker Kevin McCarthy from his leadership role. Buck mentioned how he believed McCarthy had not committed to his promises regarding federal spending.
McCarthy’s ousting marked the first time a U.S. House Speaker had been dismissed from the position. After his ousting, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) was elected to replace his role.
Buck has been a core weight in Colorado’s Republican politics for decades. However, he mentioned that his removal from the House will not be his final departure from politics.
“I’m not going to be leaving the party and I’m not going to be leaving my role in trying to tell the truth to the public,” Buck told the press.
Although Buck successfully carried his district in several of his elections, his retirement means that a new seat will be opening up in Colorado for the 2024 election.
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