Skip to comments.Breaking: Raul Labrador will run for House majority leader
Posted on 06/13/2014 10:50:14 AM PDT by GIdget2004
Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador said Friday he will run for the House majority leader position being vacated by Eric Cantor. The decision sets up a race next week between Labrador, a leading conservative voice, and Kevin McCarthy, the current House majority whip.
Go get’em Raul!
A little late. I really hope this isn’t a token protest to say “we tried”. They better really be whipping votes for him
I will add that he was a former immigration lawyer...but he’s conservative, Mormon (oh the horror) and bilinqual....
Looks like a definite upgrade from Cantor and McCarthy
So then do we have a horse race???
Kinda late for that, McCarthy has already whipped the vote and has all the support he needs to win.
Go, Labrador! So far it looks like Kevin McCarthy has been the only contender, hand-picked by Boehner and Cantor, and even more liberal than they.
McCarthy has to run for Majority Leader again in January when the new Congress is sworn in. Instead of running and getting his butt kicked next week, thus demonstrating he’s a loser, maybe Labrador should be getting his ducks in a row and making a case to be Majority Leader ahead of the January vote?
Better than McCarthy, but slipperier than Hell.
100% “House Defenders of Liberty” rating at ACU
At Heritage, McCarthy 42, Labrador 77%.
The vote is private, and because of that, I’d say there is room for an upset. A lot on the Hill are annoyed that the leadership they see as failures are becoming a coronation club
Well conservatives need to unwhip the damn vote. Gosh, do any of these jerks put the American people above their own stupid career?
Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador will run for House majority leader next week, giving the hard right corner of the conference their candidate.
Labrador, who was elected in 2010, is a late entrant into a race thats four days old - and the election is less than a week away. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has locked up a huge well of support that will be hard to break. A source close to the McCarthy campaign said not one of their commitments was contingent on Labrador not getting into the race.
More important than the outcome itself, Labradors candidacy will be a test of how conservatives perform in a leadership race. A loss would show the difficulty in knocking off a well organized candidate with a sophisticated organization.
Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) is another conservative vying for a leadership slot. Hes running for whip against Reps. Steve Scalise of Louisiana and Peter Roskam of Illinois.
A small group of conservatives - not more than a dozen or two - have been pining for one of their own in leadership. They arent enough to change the outcome of a race. Scalise is the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee but is now considered by some as insufficiently conservative.
Raul Labrador - “C-plus”
Kevin McCarthy - “F-minus”
I think it is token, for now.
The real knock down brawl is coming with the new session.
About 15 Bonehead/McCarthy allies will be retiring.
New reinforcements like Brat are coming in.
Who knows, more “Cantor Surprises” could be coming down
the pike in the remaining primaries. Plus McConnell may lose
the general. That will only strengthen our demand for leadership power.
A knock down brawl is coming. It is coming.
Don’t tell you know who....
He was one of the original House Gang of Eight. He has quit that and says he has changed his position.
He needs to be watched.
I’ll be cheering for Labrador.
But my money will be on the RINO...
Yeah, baby! Raul has impressed me since his election in 2010.
The vote is private, but the outcome is preordained after they whip the vote.
I hope Labrador can still win, but I have my doubts.
Don’t get too excited guys. Another Chamber of Commerce crony Republican happy to provide businesses with cheap foreign labor. From his website:
“Guest workers are vital to keep industries in America, and particularly in Idaho, competitive internationally. By providing a legal avenue for foreign workers to enter the United States, a guest worker program is critical to secure the border and eliminate illegal immigration.”
Win or lose, a little saber-rattling in McCarthy’s home district about his next re-election would be appropriate about now.
We should be whipping too.
” To the Honorable Representative ______, There will be a secret vote for Majority Leader and I will expect you to vote for the Honorable Raul Labrador.
If he does not win I must assume you did not support him and you do not represent me or deserve my support.
Respectfully, ______” .. or the like.
But I don’t think him winning will help unless Boehner took the vote for what it is: a “no confidence” vote on him, and resigned.
Be fun though!
McCarthy is more liberal than Cantor, who got his butt whooped. Could the establishment be any more tone deaf?
controlled opposition, a sop tossed out to appease tea partiers
Maybe Labrador will be the Brat of the Summer and tip their Rino canoe over the falls.
McCarthy is in CA, he has no worries about a challenge from the right.
The worst possible choice.
Yes: He ran as opposed to amnesty, joined the Gang of 8, saw it was falling apart, and is now opposed to amnesty again. The guy makes more waffles than Eggo.
Zactly! Fight, push, make allies.
It looks like we have a dog in the race. I hope he can hunt. :)
This is good. I hope he can pull off an upset win.
The GOP moderates who run and support the liberal Republican House Leadership covet their power, prestige, and influence, and hence, they are sharpening their long knives for any Reagan Conservative or TeaParty Folk that dares threaten or challenge their monopoly of power over the House GOP Caucus. This leadership challenge could be a twenty-first century rendition of the 1982 movie “Eating Raoul,” given these establishment types are licking their wounds from the defeat of their brother-in-arms, Eric Cantor by a real Republican. So they’re in a feeding frenzy, ready to eat Raul and his labrador.
NO it is NOT “too late”!!
Yes, Labrador is not to be trusted. He equivocates more than Rand Paul. Bob