(Promoted by Colorado Pols)
In 2005, then-Weld County DA Ken Buck declined to prosecute a rape case because, as he told the Greeley Tribune, “a jury could very well conclude that this is a case of buyer’s remorse.” He repeated the statement in a 2010 debate on Meet the Press.
In 2018, Congressman Ken Buck, in support of current Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, had this to say about the nomination of Clarence Thomas, “… Thomas then faced a last-minute, 10-year old allegation of sexual harassment from a former employee whose credibility was questionable and whose testimony was laced with inconsistency.”
That “former employee” was Anita Hill, a graduate of Yale Law School and an attorney, scholar, and law professor. Her treatment by Thomas and the Republicans on the committee was what launched an awareness of sexual harassment, and started a wave of women elected to public office. Those of us in the #MeToo era owe a debt of gratitude to Anita Hill.
I oppose Brett Kavanaugh, as do many Coloradans, because we believe he will be the deciding vote to eliminate Roe v. Wade and criminalize women and doctors. He has made troubling statements that Presidents are above the law, which has implications for the Mueller investigation.
So it’s odd that Ken Buck instead chooses to attack Anita Hill to support Brett Kavanaugh. But these repeated arguments about the credibility of rape and sexual harassment survivors as both DA and Congressman raises a question: Does Ken Buck have a problem believing women? Is that why he constantly votes against their economic interests and their health care?
I’m running for Congress because I believe women of the 4th Congressional District should be listened to, and they should be believed. And that their Representative should support them with their votes.
Dr. Karen McCormick is a veterinarian, small business owner, a resident of Longmont, Colorado of over 20 years, and the Democratic Nominee for Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District. Karen will work across the aisle to fight special interests and will be a strong voice for Coloradans and their families in Congress.