Monday, July 26, 2010

Don't pick up the phone

Posted By on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 11:00 AM

We had a reader contact us recently wanting to know how U.S. Senate candidate and Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck could be using his DA phone number in a campaign brochure.

The phone number, 970-356-4010, is cited as the one that people should call to "tell him to support an end to reckless government spending and record taxes so we can get Colorado back to work."

Buck: don't call him.
  • Buck: don't call him.

The brochure was paid for by Virginia-based conservative independent group Americans for Job Security, which The Huffington Post reported has pumped more than $600,000 into Buck's campaign.

Funny. An organization that gripes about reckless government spending is loading up government workers in Buck's office with phone calls that don't relate to his job as DA.

The organization's chief, Stephen DeMaura, says Buck's DA phone number was used because "there's no better place to contact an elected representative than at their government office."

When the Greeley Tribune asked Buck about the phone number in the flier, he said, "We called them and asked them to remove the number and they refused. They told us they can put on any number they want.”

By the way, Americans for Job Security doesn't file reports with the Federal Election Commission reporting who gave it money and how it's spending that money.

"We're doing issue advocacy," DeMaura says. "We're not spending money for campaigns."

Right.

The brochure uses Buck's name four times, prominently placed, and features two large photos of Buck. It states, "Ken Buck's plan frees us from Washington's red ink, massive debt and crippling taxes."

It also says, "Thankfully, Ken Buck has a plan to get tough on spending...." It then has eight bullet points that include "repeal ObamaCare" and "no more bailouts."

Don't forget who orchestrated the first bailout, by the way. That would be George W. Bush in his last year in office.

Buck is running against former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton in a nasty faceoff in which Buck recently introduced gender bias into the debate by referring to Norton as someone in high heels.

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