Friday, October 15, 2010

Small Business Supports Ken Buck for U.S. Senate

Key voting bloc sees Buck as ally

WASHINGTON, D.C. Oct. 14, 2010 – Today the National Federation of Independent Business, America’s leading small business association, announced its full support and endorsement of Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck for election on Nov. 2.
“Ken Buck believes small business can lead America out of this recession if the government will get out of the way and let Main Street do what it does best: create jobs and grow the economy,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB’s vice president for political operations. “He is a strong believer that tax and regulatory burdens on small business need to be reduced and we know he will make that a top priority in Washington .”

Colorado ’s Senate race is one of the most competitive and closely watched contests in the country, and one of the main issues of the campaign has been the recently-passed healthcare law. Buck, currently Weld County district attorney, has been an outspoken opponent of the new, expensive healthcare law. “Ken Buck knows that competition in the free market is the best way to lower healthcare costs and increase small business’ access to insurance,” Goeas said.

“Like most small business owners, Buck also opposes cap-and-trade environmental policies that could inflict economically-devastating harm on small firms,” she said. “With his support for free market principles, Ken Buck would be a strong advocate for Colorado ’s small businesses and a welcome addition to the halls of Congress.”

With this endorsement, Buck gains significant grassroots momentum from Colorado ’s small business community, a bloc known to vote in great numbers and actively recruit friends, family and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will also encourage its members across the state to help turn out the small business vote on Nov. 2.

Colorado has nearly 127,000 small employers. Nationally, small businesses create more than half the non-farm gross domestic product and have created more than 60 percent of the net-new jobs in the United States during the past 15 years.

Buck’s endorsement comes from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust, the association’s political action committee, and is based on candidates’ positions on key small business issues including healthcare, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues.