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Lauren Boebert is angry at Ken Buck for unfairly influencing her chances of being reelected in his district

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., takes her seat on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee during an organizational meeting for the 118th Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) expressed strong displeasure on Wednesday about Rep. Ken Buck’s (R-CO) resignation next week, saying it will make it difficult for her to remain in Congress

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., takes her seat on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee during an organizational meeting for the 118th Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023.

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) expressed strong displeasure on Wednesday about Rep. Ken Buck’s (R-CO) resigning next week, saying it will make it difficult for her to remain in Congress. She criticized his decision as “selfish.”

Buck, a staunch conservative who has been a problem for MAGA House Republicans, surprised the political world on Tuesday by announcing his retirement. He had previously declared in November that he would not seek reelection, which led Boebert to change from CO-3 to Buck’s CO-4 district.

Boebert has been plagued by scandal after scandal and almost lost her reelection bid last time to the same Democrat who is challenging her again this year. If she wins the June primary and moves to CO-4, it would provide her with a much safer position and a chance for a “fresh start.” give her a “fresh start.”

“The “uni-party” is doing everything possible to hinder my candidacy and manipulate the election in Colorado,” Boebert vented online, adding:

And, you know, this is breaking news as of yesterday. Ken Buck’s announcement yesterday was a gift to the “uni-party.” The establishment concocted a swampy backroom deal to try to rig an election. An election that I’m winning by 25 points, forcing an unnecessary special election, when? The same day as the primary election in Colorado.

And this will confuse voters, and it will result in a lame-duck congressman on day one and leave the fourth district with no representation for more than three months. This is absolutely unacceptable. I believe that this is selfish.

Others quickly pointed out that the special election resulting from Buck’s retirement could force Boebert out of Congress. Far-right podcaster Steve Bannon said, “It’s sort of to undermine Lauren Boebert.”

House insider Aaron Fritschner released a long thread on the subject, stating, “Ken Buck represents CO-4; Lauren Boebert, who represents CO-3, is running to replace him. If Boebert triumphs in the special election to take Buck’s place, she will have to step down from CO-3, leading to a new vacancy. But if she does not compete in the special election, she risks losing her chance to stay in Congress.”

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