Ken Buck Once Again Vows To Thoroughly Investigate Himself

Ken Buck will investigate himself and let you know what he finds he swears.

The Grand Junction Sentinel’s Charles Ashby updates on the developing scandal over Colorado GOP Chairman Ken Buck’s management of the COVID-addled 2020 assemblies, the apparent fudging of the results of which is threatening to plunge an already beleaguered party facing another round of destruction at the polls in November into even more intraparty chaos:

The chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, formed a special commission Wednesday to review the party’s assembly nomination and ballot designation processes, some of which the 4th District congressman is deeply involved with himself. [Pols emphasis]

Controversies in the party’s nomination process first came to light in a Denver Post story last week that included a recording of Buck ordering Eli Bremer, the GOP chairman for Senate District 10, to place a candidate on the June primary ballot who only received 24% of the vote at the district’s assembly in March. His opponent, state Rep. Larry Liston, R-Colorado Springs, received 76%.

If the news that Buck is forming a special commission to look into irregularities that Buck himself appears to have not only been party to but directed sounds familiar to you, it’s because almost exactly one year ago this headline ran in the Colorado Springs Gazette:

That’s right, patient readers–this strategy of setting up an “investigation” to investigate one’s own actions, thus delaying accountability, allowing time to settle emotions, and burying misconduct eventually under procedural jargon in a report no one reads, is a thing that Ken Buck does:

U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, has asked a state lawmaker to lead an inquiry into allegations by another legislator that the March party election won by Buck was so riddled with errors and irregularities that its final results could be open to question.

Buck told Colorado Politics that he’s enlisted state Rep. Mark Baisley of Roxborough Park to assemble a panel to examine allegations made by state Rep. Susan Beckman, a Littleton Republican and Buck’s chief rival in the March party election.

After Baisley and his team investigate Beckman’s complaints, Buck said he wants them to issue recommendations on party election procedures — potentially including holding another vote for state party chairman. [Pols emphasis]

Needless to say, there was never another vote for state party chairman. Within a few days of this story, Colorado GOP vice-chair Kristi Burton Brown had filed her ill-conceived recall attempt against Democratic Rep. Tom Sullivan, Ken Buck got busy in Washington making himself and the party look as bad as possible during the long impeachment inquiry, and the news cycle moved on from the allegations of electoral treachery that kicked off Buck’s term as Colorado GOP party chairman.

As it turns out, Buck’s electoral treachery, and the method of covering it up, follows a pattern.

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  1. davebarnes says:

    So, I have question.
    Who are the GOPers going to run against our State King Governor in 2022?

  2. JohnInDenver says:

    Any announcement of who will take on the task?  GJ Sentinel article says Buck set up "a special commission Wednesday to review the party’s assembly nomination and ballot designation processes," but doesn't explain who is commissioned.

    The State party website doesn't seem to include it on its NEWS page.  Or the 2020 Assembly & Convention Results page.  

  3. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    RECALLS !!!! Why am I reminded of the “Adventures of BUCKaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension?” 

    Pass the popcorn. This just keeps getting better.  And our Party deserves so much better than Buck, Kristi Burton Brown, and Patrick Neville. Where are Hank Brown, Bill Owens, Wayne Allard, and Ben Campbell when they’re needed?

     

  4. Wyowy says:

    Buck is going to thoroughly investigate himself again? No, this is all so fascinating, I can hardly wait for the results of this self investigation. Where all is he looking? I am pretty sure this guy will find nothing during his investigation but aren't all politicians squeaky clean?

  5. I'm generally supportive of the rights of individuals to self-investigate, but surely it should be done in the privacy of one's own home? Nobody wants to see that.

  6. Duke Cox says:

    Speaking of investigations….

    Mitch McConnell’s Patriot Act expansion would hand William Barr unprecedented spy powers

                           

                             “Under the McConnell amendment, Barr gets to look through

                               the web browsing history of any American”

     

     

     

    McConnell’s amendment, which the Senate began debating Wednesday as lawmakers took up the reauthorization of the 2001 PATRIOT Act, would explicitly permit the FBI to collect records of Americans’ internet search and browsing histories without a warrant. It would also mandate that Attorney General William Barr, and his successors, conduct an annual review of the FBI’s submissions into the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court.

     

    Barr would be permitted to review for “accuracy and completeness” evidence presented to the FISA Court by the FBI regarding potential surveillance targets. 

    “Under the McConnell amendment, Barr gets to look through the web browsing history of anyone,” Wyden told the Daily Beast this week, before speaking out against the amendment on the Senate floor.  y American — including journalists, politicians, and political rivals — without a warrant, just by saying it is relevant to an investigat

    This is yet another piece of the mechanism designed to dismantle democracy. How far is it now until we see “extra-judicial killings” by “authorized” militias?

    https://www.salon.com/2020/05/14/mitch-mcconnells-patriot-act-expansion-would-hand-william-barr-unprecedented-spy-powers_partner/

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