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February 11, 2016 03:48 PM UTC

Ken Buck Replaces Brophy with Former AFP Lobbyist

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  • by: Colorado Pols
Hide your watermelons, kids: Brophy is back in Colorado.
Hide your watermelons, kids: Greg Brophy is back in Colorado.

Yesterday we came across a short entry from Legistorm.com that caught our attention because of the name that was not included in the story. Take a look:

A longtime staff member for retired Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Col.) has returned — again — to the Hill from a prolonged hiatus.

MacArthur “Mac” Zimmerman is the new chief of staff for Rep. Ken Buck (R-Col.) following a seven-year absence from Congress…

…Zimmerman waited until 2014 to return to politics, this time as a lobbyist for Americans for Prosperity.

The story includes an interesting summation of Zimmerman’s strange political ride since his former boss, Rep. Tom Tancredo, retired from CD-6 in 2007. Not mentioned in the Legistorm article, however, is why Rep. Ken Buck was looking for a new Chief of Staff in the first place.

Former State Sen. Greg Brophy had an unsuccessful run for Governor in 2014, but he ended the year on a high note when the newly-elected Buck chose him to run his congressional office in Washington D.C. Brophy had served as Buck’s Chief of Staff ever since…until a few weeks ago when Buck let him know that he would be resigning. There was no press release from Buck’s office, and we apparently missed this late Friday Denver Post blog entry from Mark Matthews in which Brophy declines to talk about his next professional role (if one exists).

We don’t know why Buck made a change at the top of his staff, though it is certainly noteworthy that his new COS, Mac Zimmerman, had been working for the Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity. Buck has risen quickly in the Koch world, as we noted late last year when he was a featured speaker at a big Koch fundraising event in New York.

As for Brophy, we don’t know what he’s doing now…other than auditioning to be a “silencer lobbyist.” Trophy re-tweeted this message on Wednesday:

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8 thoughts on “Ken Buck Replaces Brophy with Former AFP Lobbyist

    1. Oh, Dio. You force me to bring out the big shoes again. This is what Brophy left for Sonnenberg; this is what he left for the new AFP Chief of Staff.

      Brophy would not rule out running for Colorado office when this article came out in the Denver Post a month ago. Presumably, Sonnenberg is content to keep the Senate seat he inherited from Brophy, but Jon Becker may want to superglue himself to his House seat.

        1. Closets.  Peter Principle.  He's the latest Cannon Office Building Post Turtle. It's no secret this appointment was the Party consolation prize for getting edged out of the CD-4 and the Governors race.  To be fair (just this once), he was in waaay over his head; governing a Congressional office is hard work and managing a member of the Freedumb Caucus  would be no easy task – even for a fellow ammosexual who controls the ticket distribution to the coveted annual watermelon slaughter.  

          I'm just relieved he's come home to save us from ourselves.  I've missed the little rascal, his blatant lies and inability to perform simple mathematical equations

  1. Won't be long before this government hating, government employee loafer (get the shoe tie-in) will be waging a furious and outraged campaign to become a government employee again so he can blame all the ills in society on government.  Only in America.

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