He decided to enter the political arena a year ago while participating in a fundraising event in North Carolina for the Congressional Sportsman's Foundation that featured Mitt Romney as a speaker. Buck, the Idaho farm kid, spoke spontaneously and passionately about states rights in managing lands and wildlife.
"When my dad and I sweat and bleed in the soil in Idaho and know it better than anyone, why can some pencil-neck bureaucrat in Washington tell us how to manage our lands?" he said. "Nobody knows the land better than we do. We should be able to control our own destinies."
This prompted further discussion on the subject by Romney, who afterward chatted with Buck and teased him about his "pencil-necked" comment.
"When I left the meeting I decided it was time to get into the fray," says Buck. "It's a long haul. I have some name recognition, but people don't know me as a political figure. That's what I've got to develop."
Buck recently made the rounds in Washington D.C. meeting various movers and fundraisers in the Republican party. "I don't sleep," says Buck. "I am on the phone or on the computer till late." He also has been studying, reading books on the Constitution and U.S. history and taking a class at the Jefferson Center for Constitutional Studies.
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