To try and turn around his sliding poll numbers, Buck encourages everyone to focus on nothing but the economy from now until election day.
Too bad he didn’t take his own advice.
Via Talking Points Memo:
The Coloradoan reports that after the meeting with supporters in Fort Collins, CO, Buck was heading to a fundraiser featuring Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK).
“Sen. Inhofe was the first person to stand up and say this global warming is the greatest hoax that has been perpetrated,” Buck told The Coloradoan. “”The evidence just keeps supporting his view, and more and more people’s view, of what’s going on.”
Ironically, Buck had just finished telling his supporters: “let’s stay focused on economic issues for the next 13 days.” His Meet The Press comments have sparked criticism, and while he has said he wasn’t trying to compare being gay to a disease, he did not withdraw the comment when The Coloradoan asked him if he wished he’d rephrased what he said.
Buck’s Democratic challenger is rising to take advantage of another bad press moment for Buck:
Buck’s opponent, incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet, seized on the statement, pointing to a report from the National Council of State Legislatures that Colorado will incur annually “more than $1 billion in losses due to impacts on tourism, forestry, water resources and human health from a predicted drier, warmer climate.”
And the League of Conservation Voters is hitting Buck hard as well:
The League of Conservation Voters released a new web video today mocking Republican Colorado Senate candidate Ken Buck’s statements on climate change. In the video, the environmental group shows a spoof version of Buck’s Facebook page, complete with a video of him saying, “I don’t think man-made cause is a primary factor for global warming.”
On the faux-Facebook page, Buck sets his relationship status as “it’s complicated” with “Big Oil,” writes a message on the Tea Party’s Facebook page and sends a message to Karl Rove, Sarah Palin and “Big Oil” that says, “Miss you guys! Hopefully I’ll be around in 2011! LMAO!! :).”
Can Buck get back to the “it’s the economy” basics? He sure can’t stray much further from that topic at this point.