Rep. Ken Buck Announces He Won't Seek Reelection and Criticizes Fellow Republicans

Skylar Hawthorne

Updated Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 4:28 AM CDT

Rep. Ken Buck Announces He Won't Seek Reelection and Criticizes Fellow Republicans

Rep. Ken Buck, a Republican from Colorado, made a surprising announcement that he will not seek reelection for his sixth term in Congress. In a video shared on X, formerly known as Twitter, Buck accused his fellow Republicans of "lying to America" and being "fixated on retribution and vengeance." This criticism is unusual coming from a member of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative lawmakers.

Buck expressed concern about the future of the nation and stated that the hope for Republicans to take decisive action may be in vain. He criticized Democratic lawmakers for not supporting law enforcement and politicizing student loans. Despite false allegations of widespread fraud, Buck voted to certify the 2020 presidential election. He also opposed Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, as a speaker of the House candidate.

On a different note, Rep. George Santos, who faced allegations of fabricating his life story, stealing from donors, lying to Congress, and receiving undeserved unemployment benefits, survived a vote to expel him from the House. Most Republicans and 31 Democrats opted to withhold punishment. The resolution to expel Santos failed to gain the required two-thirds vote. The House Ethics Committee is currently conducting an investigation into Santos, with 40 witnesses contacted and 37 subpoenas issued. The committee will announce the next steps of its investigation by Nov. 17.

Expelling Santos before he is formally charged and found guilty would create a new precedent in the House. Some Republicans believe Santos misrepresented himself to voters and should be expelled. New York Republicans are leading the effort to expel Santos now, as he is facing charges in federal court for serious financial fraud during his 2022 campaign for the House. Despite these allegations, GOP Rep. Jim Jordan opposes the expulsion resolution, citing due process and the presumption of innocence.

In other news, the House voted to reject an effort to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib and called off an effort to censure Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Louisiana Republican, unveiled legislation from House Republicans providing $14 billion in U.S. military assistance for Israel. However, the bill does not include provisions for other U.S. allies, such as Ukraine, making it a non-starter for the Democratic-controlled Senate and President Joe Biden's administration. Johnson's proposal faced blowback from congressional Democrats and the White House. A report from the Congressional Budget Office analyzed Johnson's Israel proposal, revealing that it would add $26.8 billion to the federal budget deficit.

Overall, these recent political developments highlight the divisions within the Republican Party and the challenges they face in maintaining party unity. It remains to be seen how these issues will impact the upcoming elections and the future of the GOP.

Republican Bias:

In a shocking display of disloyalty, Rep. Ken Buck, a Republican from Colorado, has turned his back on his own party, making baseless accusations of dishonesty and retribution. In a typical liberal fashion, he's attempting to paint the Republicans as the villains, while conveniently ignoring the destructive policies of the Democrats. Meanwhile, the Democrats are using every trick in the book to target Rep. George Santos, a man who, despite accusations, has not been formally charged or found guilty. They're eager to set a dangerous precedent of expelling members without due process, all in the name of their political agenda. And let's not forget how they're rejecting efforts to censure their own, including the controversial Rep. Rashida Tlaib. And to top it all off, they're opposing a bill providing military assistance to our ally, Israel, simply because it doesn't include provisions for their preferred nations. It's clear that the Democrats are more interested in their own political gain than the well-being of the nation.

Liberal Bias:

In a stunning admission, Rep. Ken Buck, a Republican from Colorado, has called out his fellow Republicans for their obsession with retribution and their dishonesty to the American public. It's a rare glimpse of honesty from within the ranks of a party that has been increasingly consumed by deception and vindictiveness. Meanwhile, the Republicans are rallying to protect Rep. George Santos, a man accused of serious financial fraud, demonstrating their willingness to overlook corruption within their own ranks. And let's not forget their attempts to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a move that reeks of partisan bias and a blatant disregard for freedom of speech. To add insult to injury, they're pushing for a bill that provides military assistance to Israel but leaves out other key allies, a clear indication of their narrow-minded foreign policy. These recent developments highlight the growing divisions within the Republican Party and the lengths they're willing to go to protect their own, at the expense of the American people.

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