Buck crit­i­cizes GOP as “dead”

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jesse Paul

Repub­li­can Con­gress­man Ken Buck has de­clared that the GOP “is dead” in a Den­ver Post guest com­men­tary, say­ing the U.S. has been dis­tracted with “fri­vol­i­ties” and that Congress has been un­able to ac­com­plish any­thing sub­stan­tive since Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump took of­fice.

“The Repub­li­can Party is dead,” Buck wrote in the opin­ion piece Mon­day. “… Repub­li­cans car­ried a strong vi­sion and val­ues into uni­fied gov­ern­ment six months ago. We cham­pi­oned prin­ci­ples like lim­ited gov­ern­ment, job cre­ation, bor­der se­cu­rity and bud­get bal­anc­ing. We promised to re­peal Oba­macare, en­act tax re­form and roll back bur­den­some fed­eral reg­u­la­tions. But what have we done?”

The Wind­sor law­maker is a mem­ber of the House Free­dom Cau­cus, which has been a vo­cal pro­po­nent of push­ing the GOP fur­ther to the right. But Buck’s pointed crit­i­cism of the Repub­li­can Party comes at a time of frus­tra­tion for con­ser­va­tives who are up­set about the U.S. Se­nate’s in­abil­ity to re­peal and re­place Barack Obama’s Af­ford­able Care Act.

Some top Repub­li­can law­mak­ers have also raised alarm about the tur­moil in Trump’s White House over the past sev­eral weeks, par­tic­u­larly his spat with At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions.

“I think there’s a great deal of frus­tra­tion in the party,” said Dick Wad­hams, for­mer chair­man of the Colorado Repub­li­can Party. “The bru­tal truth is that Repub­li­cans across the na­tion cam­paigned on re­peal­ing and re­plac­ing Oba­macare. It would be hard to find a Repub­li­can can­di­date in the last seven years that didn’t talk about that is­sue and use those very words.”

But Wad­hams dis­agrees with the premise that the GOP is dead, ex­plain­ing that he thinks Oba­macare will still be re­pealed this year and is op­ti­mistic about tax re­form. “I think it’s way pre­ma­ture to write off the party,” he said.

Buck is up for re-elec­tion next year in his GOP­dom­i­nant 4th Con­gres­sional District.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.