There’s quite a feisty primary battle going on in Colorado, where two Republicans are fighting to be the party nominee for senate. And the jargon is getting a little heated to say the least.
At a campaign event, the front runner, Ken Buck, used some salty language and a little bit of sexist insulting to attack his competitor Jane Norton, who has more party apparatus support. From the Washington Post:
A new video shows Ken Buck, the leading Republican candidate in a Colorado Senate race, repeatedly using the word “bull—-” and saying that voters should choose him over his female primary opponent “because I do not wear high heels.”
Buck, the Weld County district attorney, made the remarks at a recent forum, in response to an audience question. Former lieutenant governor Jane Norton has been running a campaign ad decrying third-party spending on behalf of Buck’s campaign and urging Buck to “be man enough” to run the ads himself.
“She has questioned my manhood; I think it’s fair to respond,” Buck continues in the video. “I have cowboy boots on. They have real bull— on ‘em. That’s Weld County bull—, not Washington D.C. bull—.”
The brief YouTube clip is edited to about a minute and a half and was not posted by Buck’s campaign.
Buck claims he wasn’t being sexist with the high heels comment and that she started the gender battle herself. In fact, a Norton campaign supporter even once said, “We need somebody to kick (Nevada Democrat and Senate majority leader) Harry Reid in the shins and Jane is going to do that with her high heels.”
But Norton is taking advantage of the clip and running with his potential blunder, and it could be costly. As Vanity Fair put it:
Questions of his manhood and its most appropriate metaphorical footwear aside, Buck must likely now concern himself with the sensibilities of the opposite sex. Norton has already clipped the comment and disseminated it in an exceedingly unflattering attack ad, which shows the footage twice, prompted the second time by an incredulous female voice asking, “Play that again?” Norton’s campaign would be smart to begin manufacturing Buck-bashing logo heels as soon as possible.
So, was Buck pursuing and inappropriate gender attack, or is Norton making a mountain out of a molehill to further her political campaign. Was he just responding to a gender comment she put out into the ether, or are his misogynist roots showing in a moment of candor.
Here’s the clip, feel free to decide for yourself!
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