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May 12, 2021 09:15 AM UTC

Ken Buck's Lonely Stand For Liz Cheney

  • by: Colorado Pols
Rep. Liz Cheney (R).

As the fully-expected ouster of Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position in the Republican U.S. House minority leadership proceeded as planned this morning, one fellow Republican member of Congress, Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado, emerged as one of Cheney’s most visible defenders–leaving fellow Republicans fuming as Buck also publicly refuses to embrace Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen. Forbes:

Lawmakers who were in the room said the vote was decisively against Cheney, with Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) estimating “probably three-quarters” voted to remove her and “one quarter” voted to retain her.

Rep. Lauren Boebert, Cheney’s metaphorical head in hand, says it’s Year Zero for the Republican Party. It was just last year that they appeared jointly at a Denver fundraiser:

Reps. Lauren Boebert, Ken Buck (R-CO).

But as The Guardian reports, Ken Buck was vocally not happy about Cheney’s fate:

Congressman Ken Buck, a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus in the House, described Liz Cheney as a victim of “cancel culture”.

“Liz Cheney was canceled today for speaking her mind and disagreeing with the narrative that President Trump has put forth,” Buck told reporters shortly after the vote to remove Cheney as conference chair. [Pols emphasis]

Buck was one of Cheney’s few defenders in the House Republican caucus going into the vote, and he was the only Republican lawmaker present for Cheney’s defiant floor speech last night, according to CNN.

As for Cheney’s replacement, Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York?

On the underlying issue pertinent to Cheney’s ouster today from her House leadership position, which is the results of the 2020 presidential election, Ken Buck surprised everyone by attempting at substantial political peril to dispel the prevalent myths about the 2020 elections here in Colorado–and by doing so, refuting the case Trump himself was making to his supporters in the buildup to the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Like Liz Cheney herself, Ken Buck’s conservative credentials on the issues are unassailable, and in Buck’s career in office he has outraged Democrats with far more regularly than he ever stood with them. Defending Liz Cheney isn’t about partisan politics, but rather an obligation to the truth that Buck, unlike the vast majority of Republicans today, honors above any one man.

Which means Boebert, Matt Gaetz and his “America First” tour, and the “election truther” who succeeded Buck as Colorado GOP chair will be coming for Buck next.

When Boebert scoffs at the “GOP of the past,” how is she not talking about Ken Buck too?


13 thoughts on “Ken Buck’s Lonely Stand For Liz Cheney

  1. It would be very interesting to know who were the one quarter of the votes to not strip Cheney of her leadership position. That is more than I thought, even with a secret ballot.  The circular firing squad continues, and Ken Buck just stepped into it, and I wonder what the repercussion will be.

    And finally, if Pew Pew is the future of the GOP they’re well and truly fucked.

    1. It wasn’t via secret ballot, it was a voice vote.  

      This was more a loyalist position than anything principled for Buck, who worked for (then-Rep.) Dick Cheney in the 1980s on the Iran-Contra investigation. To think that Ken is opposed to the direction the GQP is headed is barely believable.

      1. Thanks for the clarification Michael.  The whole situation is all so, so weird. I don't think letting Trump define what reality is for the Republican party is a recipe for success, but we shall see. Just crazy.

      2. Yes,Dick Cheney was Buck’s mentor. Without Cheney, no Bucko for Colorado. Cheney launched Buck’s political career. 

        Ken Buck is still a conspiracy mongering vote avoiding Trumper sack of shit, but at leaat he remembers his old loyalties, and won’t sell out his old friend’s daughter.

  2. One of the articles I read agreed with the Guardian's reporting that Buck was the only Republican remaining in the chamber for Cheney's speech. Jennifer Rubin excoriated the Republican majority for their moves.

    I wonder if there will be splashback against the on-going statements of Ken Buck, pointing out the election was not stolen and Cheney was ousted for saying the same.

    1. If the Trump loving, “nattering nabobs of negativity,” want to come for Ken Buck, they had better bring their collective lunch. I’d love to see Burton Brown and Boebert try to primary Buck.

      I’ve never been a real fan of Ken, but I’d give $$ to his campaign in that scenario. I also anticipate contributing to Liz Cheney’s campaign next year.

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