DENVER -- Let us take a brief break from the racismdebate and talk about high heels.
We'll start with a one-liner:
What's the difference between the two GOP Senate candidates in Colorado?
High heels, according to the man in the race, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck. He's running against former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton in the Aug 10 primary. Appointed Sen. Michael Bennet faces former state House speaker Andrew Romanoff on the Democratic side, but they're not arguing about footwear. Yet.
So Buck stopped by. And as always these days, so did folks with video cameras, in this instance filming for the People's Press Collective, a conservative citizen journalism site. Buck told the crowd he wouldn't offer his stump speech, but would just take questions.
The first one came from a woman, who asked, "Why should we vote for you?"
"Because I do not wear high heels," replied Buck to guffaws and groans in the background. "She has questioned my manhood, and I think it's fair to respond. I have cowboy boots, they have real bullshit on them. And that's Weld County bullshit, not Washington, D.C., bullshit." (Click play below for video.)
"Ken is going to have to use all of his best lawyer-speak to explain this really stupid statement," said Norton spokeswoman Cinamon Watson in an e-mail. "He may say it's no big deal, but just ask . . . George Allen what a comment like this can do to a statewide race."
Late Wednesday, Buck's campaign issued a release calling the high-heel issue "another desperate smear" by Norton.
And they cited an interview Norton did last week with the Independence Institute's Jon Caldara. According to the Buck news release, "Caldera asked Norton, 'What is the crucial difference between the DA from Weld County, Ken Buck, and the former lieutenant governor?' Jane responded, 'Well, I'm a girl first.' Caldera asked, 'Is being a girl important in this race?' Norton replied, 'No, it isn't. I was trying to be funny, but it didn't go well.' "
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