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article imageGOP candidate backed by Tea Party movement calls some “dumbasses”

By Kay Mathews     Jul 26, 2010 in Politics
The "birther" wing of the Tea Party were called "dumbasses" by Ken Buck, a Colorado GOP Senate candidate, who says they are "distracting" from his campaign.
According to CBS, Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck "was caught on tape saying in June, 'Will you tell those dumbasses at the Tea Party to stop asking questions about birth certificates while I'm on camera.' He added, laughing: 'God, what am I supposed to do?'"
The Denver Post obtained the audio tape from a "Democratic operative recording" Buck's comments "without his permission."
The name-calling was directed at members of the Tea Party who question the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate. The "so-called birthers," according to The Denver Post, "have challenged Obama's standing as president by arguing that he was not born in the United States."
Officials in Hawaii have repeatedly verified that Barack Obama was born in their state.
Still, Tea Party leaders like Lu Busse, who is the chairwoman of the 9.12 Project Colorado Coalition, state, "There are certainly many of us who have questions about Obama's documentation and records."
It does not appear, however, that the tea partiers are tea'd-off at Buck. Busse indicated that she thought Buck "should have 'used a better choice of words' and shouldn't have lumped all Tea Partyers together," reports The Denver Post. Still, she said "it probably won't cost him votes."
Buck said, according to CBS, "the so-called 'Birthers' have been distracting his campaign from more important issues like the economy." Buck did, however, apologize for his word choice by saying, "I'm not suggesting the language was appropriate."
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