U.S. Rep. Ken Buck ordered an official to falsify election information, according to a report published by The Denver Post on Wednesday. The Post included an audio recording in which Buck can be heard pressuring Sen. Dist. 10 Chair Eli Bremer to report false information regarding the November ballot.
Buck is the party chair for the Colorado Republican Party as well as a U.S. representative for Colorado's 4th Congressional District.
To be placed on the ballot for a state Senate primary, candidates must acquire 30% of the assembly vote in the district they are running for.
"Do you understand the order of the executive committee and the central committee that you will submit the paperwork to include Mr. Stiver and Mr. Liston on the ballot with Mr. Liston receiving the top line vote?" Buck asks on The Post's audio recording.
Bremer said in reply: "Uh, yes sir. I understand the committee has adopted a resolution that requires me to sign a false affidavit to the state. Yes."
"And will you do so?" asked Buck.
Bremer said that he would seek legal council because "I am being asked to sign an affidavit that states Mr. Stiver received 30% of the vote. I need to seek legal council to find out if I am putting myself in jeopardy of a misdemeanor doing that."
To that Buck said, "And you do understand that it is the order of the central committee that you do so?"
"Yes sir, I understand the central committee has ordered me to sign an affidavit stating that a candidate got 30% who did not," Bremer answered. "And I will seek legal council and determine if I am legally able to follow that."
Larry Liston is running in the Republican primary for Colorado State Senate District 10 on June 30, 2020. He formerly served in the Colorado House of Representatives in Dist. 16 from 2005 to 2013. In 2017 he resumed that office and his current term ends Jan. 13, 2021.
According to The Post, Stiver received 24% of the Republican primary vote, while Liston received 75% during a district assembly in March.
You can listen to The Denver Post's audio recording on Rep. Buck on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com./watch?v=4Fa9bGFnfr8.