This resignation announcement sent Republicans reeling

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Republicans have had a rough go of it since winning the majority in the House of Representatives.

Very little has gone according to plan.

And this resignation announcement sent Republicans reeling.

Colorado Congressman Ken Buck announces his resignation

Colorado Republican Congressman Ken Buck turned into the biggest enigma in Washington, D.C.

Buck was once one of the original Tea Party candidates.

Now Buck is leaving Washington, D.C. as one of CNN and MSNBC’s “go to” Republicans to trash Donald Trump and other conservatives.

These days Buck is all over liberal cable news shows expressing his opposition to impeaching Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Joe Biden while also defending the political persecutions in court against Donald Trump.

But Buck had one more betrayal to execute.

Buck already announced this was his last term in Congress.

Republicans believed Buck wanted to cash out and become a cable news analyst.

Buck had other plans.

Rather than wait until the end of his term to leave, Buck announced his immediate resignation.

“It has been an honor to serve the people of Colorado’s 4th District in Congress for the past 9 years,” Buck’s resignation statement read. “I want to thank them for their support and encouragement throughout the years.”

“Today, I am announcing that I will depart Congress at the end of next week,” Buck added. “I look forward to staying involved in our political process, as well as spending more time in Colorado with my family.”

Why Buck resigning matters

Buck’s resignation means right now the GOP holds a 218-213 majority in the House.

That means Republicans can only afford to lose two votes on any given bill.

This is a tremendous gift to Democrats because if any more Republicans quit before Congress ends, Democrat Hakeem Jeffries could become the Speaker of the House.

Buck explains why he quit

Buck – naturally – appeared on CNN to explain why he left Congress.

“I am. Yes, I’m resigning my seat and creating a vacancy in my district,” Buck told host Dana Bash.

Buck explained he was one of the Americans upset about the general election being a rematch between Donald Trump and Joe Biden and that he wanted to get involved with so-called “election reforms.”

“Well, everywhere I go in Colorado, Dana, I hear that people are not happy with Trump and are not happy with Biden. I think we need to change our electoral laws here and I have a passion for that. I’m going to leave and I’m going to fight find the right organization to join. I’m going to start work on that issue. We have to have better candidates up and down the ballot, not just president, but Senate, House, local offices. We’ve got to find better ways to elect candidates and bring America together,” Buck said.

This shows just how far off the reservation Buck’s fallen.

All so-called “election reforms” – ranked choice voting, independent redistricting commissions, and jungle primaries – are designed to prevent conservatives from winning.

Democrats invented and championed these systems because they guarantee that in seats where only a Republican can win, Democrats can cast their votes for the most liberal Republican and push that candidate to victory.

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