Local GOP welcomes Buck | VailDaily.com

Local GOP welcomes Buck

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, Colorado
Lauren Glendenning | lglendenning@vaildailyKen Buck, the Republican hoping to unseat U.S. Senator Michael Bennet in Tuesday's election, talks to a crowd of about 30 at the Eagle County Republican office in Eagle on Saturday. Buck fielded questions from the crowd, composed mostly of supporters, before continuing his campaign trip around the Western Slope.

EAGLE – In a campaign that has been dubbed one of the sleaziest in Colorado history, Ken Buck is taking the high road.

He told a crowd of about 30 at the Eagle County Republican office in Eagle on Saturday that his campaign has focused on government spending and jobs, not on attacking his opponent.

Democrats and Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, whom Buck is trying to unseat, have relentlessly run television and radio advertisements this fall attacking Buck, focusing largely on Buck’s stance on women’s rights.

Buck acknowledged Saturday that he is pro life but said he has never once said he’s in favor of banning any common form of birth control – an accusation made frequently in the advertisements.

Buck said it’s one thing with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee running negative advertisements, but it’s another when Bennet himself does it.

Eagle County Republican Party Chair Randy Milhoan said the Democrats’ campaign in this race is one of the dirtiest he’s ever seen.

“The Democrats are spending a fortune,” Milhoan said. “I personally think (the ads) are hurting (Buck).”

Milhoan said local Republicans like Buck and think he would represent the party well in Washington. Milhoan trusts that Buck would be a common-sense senator and would fight to stop wasteful government spending.

Milhoan said it’s imperative to get Buck elected to the Senate, as well as just about every other Republican on the ticket.

Other Republican candidates at the event included Kaye Ferry, running for the State Board of Education; Debra Irvine, running to unseat Democrat Christine Scanlan in state House District 56; Ted Archibeque, running for Eagle County surveyor; and Claudia Alexander, running to unseat Eagle County Commissioner and Democrat Sara Fisher.

The Eagle County Republicans have held multiple events in recent months, proving there’s an energy within the local party this year. Other conservative groups have also emerged around the country and the state, including the local Vail Valley 9.12 Project, part of a nationwide group of constitutional conservatives.

Debbie Buckley, a Republican from Avon, said she thinks Buck is the grassroots choice. She said he was her choice in the primary. She said she’s seen people argue points with Buck and he always stands his ground.

“I think he would do the same in Washington,” Buckley said.

That’s one of the reasons John Chizmadia, a Republican from Eagle, said he likes Buck.

“He’s consistent – he’s been able to stay true to his message, and we need that now,” Chizmadia said. “We need some clarity from Washington.”

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at lglendenning@vaildaily.com.

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