Republicans in Colorado have chosen an unlikely messenger to spread the word about the party's plans to freeze federal hiring and pay for government employees. GOP Senate candidate Ken Buck may be a favorite of the Tea Party, but he is also a long time government employee.
Buck's long career in government began in 1987, when he became a prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice. He then moved on to becomeÂ Chief of the Criminal Division for the Colorado U.S. Attorney's Office, according to a bio posted on his campaign website. More recently, Buck has served as the Weld County Attorney General, leading a staff of more than 60 government employees.
Buck has attacked his Democratic opponent Michael Bennet for voting against measures designed to freeze the pay of government employees. At the same time, he told the Denver Post that federal government spending helped him do his job as Weld County Attorney General. In fact, Buck seems to be a big fan of pork spending. He's requested millions of dollars in federal funding for pet projects in his county.
Maybe Buck's message to voters should be: "I deserve a cushy government job and great benefits funded by your taxpayer dollars, but I don't think that you do."
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Photo of Ken Buck addressing a Freedom Works Rally by Adsworth.