Disgraced Ex-Federal Prosecutor Turned Failed Tea Party Senate Candidate Reemerges As Anti-Marijuana Crusader

Weld County, Colorado District Attorney Ken Buck has an inglorious history as a prosecutor. His career as a federal prosecutor reached an abrupt end after he received an official letter of reprimand for showing a “reckless disregard of [his] obligation to keep client information confidential.” Four years later, as a state prosecutor, Buck refused to prosecute a man who was recorded admitting that he raped a woman. Buck later told the victim that “[i]t appears to me . . . that you invited him over to have sex with him.”

Buck has now reemerged, this time as a staunch opponent of a Colorado ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana under that state’s law:

Ken Buck, the Weld County district attorney, said the federal government could crack down if Colorado legalized marijuana. But, even if it didn’t, more liberalized marijuana laws would hurt the state’s reputation.

“Our brand will go from business-friendly and healthy to Rocky Mountain high,” Buck said.


Buck, of course, is best known for his ill-fated attempt to unseat Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO). In 2010, Buck was one of the vanguard of Tea Party U.S. Senate candidates who proved so extreme that they lost their races in a year when Republicans seem virtually invulnerable. Buck proclaimed the U.S. Department of Education to be unconstitutional, and he said that he does not know whether Social Security is constitutional — adding that “it is certainly a horrible policy.”