FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 8, 2020
CONTACT: Ian Silverii, Executive Director at [email protected]
DENVER: Responding to the Denver Post’s exposure of egregious misconduct by Rep. Ken Buck, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party and an attorney licensed in the state of Colorado, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, sent a letter to the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation calling for Buck’s license to practice law in Colorado be revoked. The organization also requested an inquiry by the U.S. House Ethics Committee.
“Rep. Ken Buck, in his capacity as chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, engaged in egregious misconduct that warrants the revocation of his license to practice law in this state,” said Ian Silverii, executive director of ProgressNow Colorado. “In a recorded conversation, Buck pressured a local party official to falsify election results to be submitted to the state under penalty of perjury. District Court Chief Judge Michael Martinez ruled that Buck’s attempts to induce a Party volunteer to submit a false affidavit to the Colorado Secretary of State were in violation of Colorado law. Just today, we learned of yet another election fraud scandal Weld County, in which Buck and three other Republican Party officials are accused by fellow Republicans of altering the results from the March precinct caucuses.”
In a letter today to the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation, ProgressNow Colorado asserts that “[T]he ‘Certificate of Designation’ required to be filed with the Secretary of State (C.R.S. § 1-4-603(c)) includes on it a solemn affirmation affidavit (see, C.R.S. § 24-12-102). Mr. Buck’s intervention would have induced his Party volunteer to commit first degree perjury (C.R.S. § 24-12-106). This also constitutes an attempt by Mr. Buck to instigate and suborn ‘corrupt conduct’ under section 1-13-107 of the Colorado Election Code, a criminal offense under section 1-13-111 of the Election Code.” Read the full letter here.
“As the chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, Buck’s flagrant disregard for Colorado election law shows he can’t be trusted in that position,” said Silverii. “As a member of Congress, former prosecutor, and licensed Colorado attorney, suborning perjury as Buck appears to have done in this case is nothing short of disqualifying. It’s time for Buck to surrender his law license, and cooperate fully with the investigations that seem imminent today.”