Republican Resigns From GOP With Some Strong Words

The words of long-time Trump critic Republican Ken Buck after mic-dropping his resignation from Congress to an oblivious Republican House. Here are the full details.

Surprise Departure

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In a statement on Tuesday morning from his office, Buck announced he was leaving Congress “at the end of next week,” narrowing the already slim Republican majority to just five seats: 218 to 213, with three vacancies. 

House Speaker’s Dilemma

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Buck’s resignation comes at an awkward time for Republicans, as House Speaker Mike Johnson is struggling to assert his authority during a deadlock that has gone on for months.

Two-Seat Margin Raises Concerns

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This effectively means that the GOP only has a two-seat majority, so it can only afford to lose two votes when passing legislation. In a time when Republicans are struggling to make headway in Government, Buck’s announcement has turned things upside down and taken everyone by surprise.

Buck’s Blunt Exit

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When asked about his reasons for leaving, Buck was straightforward, “Instead of having decorum, instead of operating in a professional manner, this place has just devolved into this bickering and nonsense and not really doing the job for the American people.”

Broken Political Processes

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For Buck, it wasn’t about any individual politicians, but rather that “our system is broken in how we chose candidates, and I want to get involved in that process.”

Buck’s Take on Trump and Biden Era

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Buck explained to CNN, “I hear that people are not happy with Trump, and they’re not happy with Biden.” He went on to attack the GOP, stating, “It is the worst year of the nine years and three months that I’ve been in Congress, and having talked to former members, it’s the worst year in 40, 50 years to be in Congress.”

Leadership Unaware

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Buck didn’t announce he was leaving to anyone in leadership, with Mike Johnson remarking to reporters, “I was surprised by Ken’s announcement. I didn’t know.”

Freedom Caucus Member

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Buck, part of the freedom caucus (an ultra-far-right bloc within the Republican party), has been a vocal critic of Trump. Following Trump’s 2017 win, Buck wrote an opinion piece announcing that “The Republican Party is dead.”

GOP Turmoil

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He’s been critical of Trump’s attempts to get the election results overthrown, and highly critical of other politicians that have been involved in the movement. 

Party Divisions

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In a recent interview, Buck said, “I am not going to lie on behalf of my presidential candidate, on behalf of my party. And I’m very sad that others in my party have taken the position that as long as we get the White House, it doesn’t really matter what we say.”

Buck’s Warning to Republicans

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While this is bad news for the Republican party (despite Buck’s opposition to Trump), his parting comments have made them panic a lot more than they typically would. When asked whether he was facing any pressure from fellow Republicans for his quick decision, Buck replied, “I think it’s the next three people that leave that they’re going to be worried about.”

Does He Know Something More?

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Whether his prediction comes from insider knowledge or was simply made to make the party sweat remains to be seen.

District Dynamics

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Buck’s colleague Lauren Boebert, with whom he had a minor feud, announced in December that she would be coming for Buck’s district seat. 

Buck’s Seat up for Grabs

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There were fears she may lose her seat as she’s struggled to gain popularity, and his district has always been a GOP-safe seat.

Boebert’s Dilemma

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However, Buck’s early exit has thrown a monkey wrench in the gears. His seat goes up for reelection come June, in a special election, which Boebert will be unable to run for unless she steps down. 

Impact of Buck’s Early Departure

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Adam Kizinger explained on social media, “By resigning early, Ken Buck is giving an advantage to anyone but Lauren Boebert.” 

Primaries Predicament

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If Boebert were to step down and win his seat, there’s no guarantee that she’d win the primary come November. In that case, she’d be out of office, an outcome Republicans will desperately want to avoid.

GOP’s Anxieties

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Buck’s resignation has left House Republicans scrambling, worried about their falling majority. 

House Republicans Scramble for Solutions

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Their thin margins between failure and success will complicate an already tough situation and could potentially spell failure for any unity within the House. All eyes are on his district as the GOP thinks up a plan to navigate this situation.

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