Between yesterday’s Veterans Day observance and the bombshell news that women were accusing Democratic Lebsock of sexual harassment, it wouldn’t be surprising if you missed the news that Rep. Ken Buck is getting a primary challenger. Former Lone Tree Mayor Jim Gunning formally announced that he would primary Buck in the 2018 election.
According to the Castle Rock News Press, Gunning held his announcement in Castle Rock where he noted that “America is incredibly divided, and we need to look for leadership to bring us back together.”
He also said, “Nuclear issues demand toughness. At home we have a drug crisis that needs addressed, and Congress must find a solution to health care. We won’t compromise our children’s future for political gain today.”
Gunning served two terms as mayor of Lone Tree, retiring in 2016. He also retired from the Air Force after 20 years and served on the Lone Tree City Council.
Earlier this year, there was speculation that Rep. Buck might pursue the Colorado Attorney General’s seat in 2018, but he since has claimed he’s staying in his Congressional seat. If Rep. Buck vacates his seat, there is a long line of electeds and former electeds waiting to replace him.