Buck Takes the High Road in Colorado, Sort of
Ken Buck, Colorado’s GOP senate candidate and Tea Party favorite, is taking the high road — sort of. The Denver Post’s blog reported yesterday that Buck has announced he won’t run any negative ads against his opponent, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), but he hasn’t exactly tried to distance himself from the attack ads already aimed at Bennet by outside groups affiliated with Karl Rove like Crossroads GPS:
Already, Karl Rove’s group, Crossroads GPS, has run ads attacking Bennet on votes. During the primary, Buck benefited from more than $2 million in outside groups spending money on ad-buys and mailers — much of which was negative on Norton.
Buck has not distanced himself from these ads or denounced them, though it is illegal for his campaign to coordinate with groups like Rove’s Crossroads.
Bennet’s campaign spokesman says Buck is “trying to have it both ways.”
Indeed, while Buck and Crossroads GPS are legally barred from coordinating their campaign activities, it’s easy enough to see a nice division of labor emerging in some races where candidates can stick to positive ads and leave outside political groups the responsibility of picking up the tab on the down and dirty type of negative advertising against their opponents. Both Democrats and Republicans are guilty of this, but with groups like the Chamber of Commerce and Crossroads GPS dominating the independent expenditure ad buys thus far, look for the tactic to benefit the GOP more.