Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, a relative political neophyte next to mainstream Republican rival Jane Norton, took the slow and steady approach to his Senate primary victory during a year and a half of grassroots campaigning. At one point last year, after former Lieutenant Governor Norton jumped into the race at the urging of some powerful Republican officials, Buck considered dropping out.
He didn’t, and on Tuesday night the underdog candidate supported in large part by Tea Party groups across the state, savored his victory at a post-election celebration in Loveland.
Buck thanked the thousands of grassroots activists who supported his campaign and said that Republicans will now get together to win in November.
“Republicans are a family and we have had a dust-up in the family. It’s over now, and we will come together, like any family comes together, and we will get the job done,” Buck said in his prepared remarks.
The focus of Buck’s speech was on America’s future, with the nominee saying that for the last few years, Americans have cried out for their government to listen, but they have been ignored.
“They heard us, but they ignored us. Grassroots Coloradans will not be ignored anymore,” Buck bellowed.
Since President Obama entered office, the United States Senate has rubberstamped legislation that increased the national debt, put healthcare under government control, pushed 10 percent of the population to unemployment, and have refused to protect our borders, Buck said.
With only 83 days to go until the general election, Colorado has a great opportunity to help get the United States on the right track again, the candidate noted.
“In 2010 we have a choice — we can repeat history or we can make history,” Buck said. He asked Coloradans to join him in a campaign that will make history, one that “will make our children and grandchildren proud.”
“We, tonight, have just won the Republican nomination for United States Senate,” Buck told the large crowd gathered in Loveland. “Get a good night’s sleep, because for the next 83 days we are going to unite the Republican Party.”