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Tea Party Pick Ken Buck Wins Colorado Republican Senate Primary

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Weld County district attorney Ken Buck rode outsider sentiment and Tea Party energy to an upset win over Lt. Gov. Jane Norton in the Republican Senate primary in Colorado. He'll face appointed Sen. Michael Bennet in the fall.

Norton, the establishment pick, appeared headed for a smooth primary season until Buck caught conservative imaginations and started to surge. His highest profile ally in Washington was Sen. Jim DeMint, the South Carolina firebrand who is backing Tea Party-favored candidates across the country.

Norton was not aided by her many Washington ties, which included fundraising help from the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Buck stumbled when, asked at a conservative gathering why people should vote for him, he replied, "Because I do not wear high heels." Norton seized on the remark and ran with it, but was unable to stop Buck's momentum.

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It's good for the Tea Party candidates to win these primaries. Come November, when the voters realize the Tea Party is all about complaining but not about solving problems, most of these guys will lose. As a fiscal conservative, I want to see the budget balanced, but that will take hard choices. There is no evidence the Tea Party is capable to making those choices.

August 10 2010 at 11:55 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to thirdsqurl's comment

Well how could there be evidence, it is a new movement? On the other hand, there is overhelming evidence that neither Dems nor Republicans have any interest in being, other than in that campaign promises, fiscally responsible with America's money. I for one, am willing to give someone else the keys for awhile.

August 11 2010 at 11:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Squrl, you are as wrong as can be. Alot of people would disagree with you. The Tea Party is not just about complaining, but about raising their voices against the destructive decisions of both the establishment RINO republicans and the entrenched corrupt democrats. Their voice is about supporting truly conservative candidates who will look out for their mainstream interests and follow the guidelines of the Constitution.

August 11 2010 at 12:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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