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June 06, 2023 10:42 AM MDT

Jenna Ellis Tests Ken Buck's Integrity at WCS

  • by: Colorado Pols

The Western Conservative Summit, a yearly confab of hard-right conservatives held in the Denver area annually that seeks to compete with CPAC and the other big-name conserva-cons coming up this weekend, has frequently aimed to stir up controversy with their roster of speakers. Over the years, WCS has brought in such colorful types as leading Dutch racist politician Geert Wilders who called for a moratorium on mosque construction, in addition to Republican luminaries big and small–the more important the election year for Republicans, the bigger the luminaries including President Donald Trump and Cabinet officials. In recent years as Republican fortunes have waned dramatically in our state, the speaker list at WCS has slipped from relatively “A List” early in the Trump years to this year’s pack of relative unknowns:

Rep. Ken Buck (R).

The list does go on from here, and Colorado’s three remaining Republican members of Congress are all set to speak, but this roster is a far cry from the days when Trump and Sarah Palin packed the hall at the WCS. The year’s speaker’s list has more people we’ve never heard of than perhaps any other year, and not even a major presidential candidate on the list.

But if you’re looking for controversy, recently reprimanded attorney Jenna Ellis at least has that commodity in ample supply. Ellis was formally censured by the Colorado state board of attorney regulation for a “pattern of misconduct” related to her false statements about the 2020 presidential election. This admission, which was required in order to save Ellis’ law license, resulted in her being excommunicated from Trump world.

But as the Colorado Times Recorder reported last week, that hasn’t slowed Ellis down in the controversy department:

Jenna Ellis, a controversial conservative talk show host and attorney from Colorado, announced on social media this week that she supports the new, highly criticized Ugandan anti-LGBTQ law, which prescribes the death penalty for those found guilty of “aggravated homosexuality.”

Ellis is a former legal advisor to President Trump, censured election denier, and a former professor of law, leadership, and ethics at Colorado Christian University, where she taught from 2015-2018.

Even Sen. Ted Cruz has condemned Uganda’s extreme anti-LGBT laws. But for Ellis there’s a more immediate problem in the form of Rep. Ken Buck, who was at least at one point so opposed to Uganda’s persecution of LGBT people that he refused to share a stage with a supporter of their crackdown:

Back then, U.S. Representative Ken Buck (CO-04), another Colorado conservative and member of the House Freedom Caucus, backed out of an event where a Ugandan proponent of that 2014 law on the bill. “I can’t share the stage with someone like that,” Buck said at the time. [Pols emphasis]

Well folks, unless something changes in the next 48 hours, he’s about to. Ken Buck of course knows Jenna Ellis, having fired Ellis from the Weld County District Attorney’s office back in 2012 for “unsatisfactory performance.” Buck also tried to put distance between himself and the 2020 presidential election conspiracy theories that drove Ellis to the pinnacle of fame and then disgrace.

Add it all together and it looks like a real dilemma for Ken Buck.

At the very least, we expect some top-shelf Buckisms as he talks his way out of it.


7 thoughts on “Jenna Ellis Tests Ken Buck’s Integrity at WCS

  1. “a former professor of law, leadership, and ethics at Colorado Christian University”

    A fine chuckle for this Tuesday afternoon.

    1. Well, she does represent the best ethics of CCU, along with Hunt and Andrews.  Tiresome bigoted white christofascists masquerading as so-called thinkers.  

  2. On the speaker list, Jennifer Fielder (MT) and Ken Ivory (UT) are two of the top dogs in the movement to take over federal public lands in the West and turn them over to the states.

  3. re:  "not even a minor presidential candidate on the list."

    Actually, there are two among the pictured speakers.  Larry Elder and Asa Hutchison are both declared candidates, and I don't know that you can get more minor than they are and still have people spell the names correctly. talks about qualifying for Republican debates, labelling the two coming to WCS as "lesser-known Republican contenders." :

    However, the RNC is starting out with a lower threshold for unique donors than the DNC did in 2019 — 40,000 versus 65,000 — which may reflect the GOP’s comparatively lower amount of small-donor fundraising. Nonetheless, some lesser-known Republican contenders, such as former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and radio personality Larry Elder, expressed frustration with even that comparatively lower figure, viewing it as a serious barrier to their qualification chances.


      1. And with the GOP delegate selection rules, it doesn't take too many wingnuts to clutter the field for Trump.

        Many of their primaries are winner-take-all at the state or CD level. So as long as Trump retains his 40-45% REAL MAGAdonians, he could win all of the delegates in many states or congressional districts assuming that the cluttered field divvies up the remaining 55-60%.

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