U.S. Rep. Ken Buck announced Thursday that he will not seek a second term as chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.
Buck, of Windsor, has juggled the dual jobs of congressman and state party chair since being chosen for the latter in a narrow party election last March.
“I am pleased with the work the state party has done over the last two years to create a strong base that will benefit our party for years to come,” Buck said in an email to Colorado Republicans on Thursday. “We have reinvested in data, fundraising, communications, our volunteers, and have worked to show the people of Colorado that our party is one that knows how much Results Matter.”
Buck was narrowly chosen for the top spot by the Colorado GOP’s central committee — a gathering of about 400 politicians, party officials and activists — in March 2019, months after Republicans suffered an electoral shellacking in 2018.
This November wasn’t much better for Republicans. Though they mostly held their ground in legislative races, Democratic candidate Joe Biden won the largest presidential margin here in several decades and Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner was easily defeated by Democratic challenger John Hickenlooper.
It’s unclear who will line up to succeed Buck. Vice Chair Kristi Burton Brown has said she is considering a run, as has former Secretary of State Scott Gessler.
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