In its first expenditure in the Colorado Senate election, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is going after Republican candidate Ken Buck for supporting repeal of an constitutional amendment that establishes the popular election of U.S. Senators.
In a television advertisement released on Tuesday, the committee plays up remarks Buck made in June 2009 opposing the 17th Amendment, which allows the public, not state legislatures, to vote on who represents them in Congress' upper chamber.
"I don't know that we get [repeal] tomorrow," Buck told the Pikes Peak Economics Club in a speech that was unearthed earlier this month by the Huffington Post, "but I think we get there in the very near future when people understand just what a horrendous effect the 17th amendment has been on the federal government's spending."
The Colorado Republican and Tea Party favorite has since changed his tune on the matter, going so far as to tell the Huffington Post that he corrected his statement at the Pikes Peak Economics Club the day after it was made.
"It is not a position I still hold and it wasn't a position I held a day later when I called back the guy who asked the question and talked to him about the issue and reflected more on it," Buck said. "It doesn't make sense to repeal the 17th amendment and I have said it a dozen of times."
The DSCC, clearly, finds the 180 either insincere or immaterial. Buck may have joined a host of public officials who flirted with supporting repeal of the 17th amendment only to backtrack later (one Republican Senate candidate, Utah's Mike Lee, remains committed to repeal). But he clearly held that position at one point in time. And it seems quite likely that voters won't take to the idea that the candidate now asking for their support once held the position that they shouldn't have a direct say in Senate election's like his.
Here is the DSCC's ad: