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Rep. Raul Labrador Will Challenge Kevin McCarthy for GOP Leader
National Journal ^ | 06/13/2014 | Tim Alberta

Posted on 06/13/2014 1:24:18 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Rep. Raul Labrador, a fiery conservative lawmaker from Idaho, will challenge House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy in next Thursday's special election to replace Eric Cantor as majority leader, according to Republican sources.

"I want a House Leadership team that reflects the best of our conference," Labrador said in a statement provided to National Journal. He later added: "I am running for Majority Leader because I want to help create a vision of growth and opportunity for everyone and start getting to work for the American people."

A sophomore representative from a heavily Republican district, Labrador's election would dramatically alter the dynamic atop the House GOP. The former immigration attorney is Hispanic and bilingual, and would add diversity to an all-white leadership team. Labrador is also a member of the enormous 2010 class, the members of which pushed the GOP into the majority—but have felt largely unrepresented since.

"I was stunned when Eric Cantor lost his primary election earlier this week," Labrador said. "Eric is a good friend and I have tremendous respect for him. But the message from Tuesday is clear—Americans are looking for a change in the status quo."

Labrador, however, enters the race as a decided underdog, as McCarthy and his seasoned vote-counting operation have been working around the clock since Wednesday securing commitments from members of the House GOP.

It's unclear, in fact, whether Labrador actually thinks he can win.

(Excerpt) Read more at nationaljournal.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: congress; gop; kevinmccarthy; labrador; raullabrador
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1 posted on 06/13/2014 1:24:18 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Brief Background:

Raúl Rafael Labrador (born December 8, 1967) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Idaho’s 1st congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. His district is in western Idaho and includes parts of Boise as well as the cities of Meridian, Coeur d’Alene, Moscow, Sandpoint, Lewiston, Bonners Ferry, McCall, Caldwell, Nampa, Emmett, Parma, Weiser, and Eagle.

Labrador previously represented District 14B in the Idaho House of Representatives.

Labrador was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, on December 8, 1967. He received a B.A. in Spanish with an emphasis in Latin American literature from Brigham Young University in 1992. Labrador later received a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. He practiced law and immigration law in private practice from 1995 until his election to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2006.

Born Raúl Rafael Labrador
December 8, 1967 (age 46)
Carolina, Puerto Rico, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Rebecca Johnson (1991–present)
Children 4 sons
1 daughter
Alma mater Brigham Young University
University of Washington, Seattle
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)


2 posted on 06/13/2014 1:25:41 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Put the enemy on record...and I want the vote results by name as to whom supports each of them.


3 posted on 06/13/2014 1:26:19 PM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: SeekAndFind

RAUL LABRADOR ON THE ISSUES:

http://www.ontheissues.org/house/Raul_Labrador.htm

ON IMMIGRATION:

Strengthen border security; redouble our efforts. (Nov 2010)

Opposes a pathway to citizenship. (Nov 2010)


4 posted on 06/13/2014 1:27:57 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: rrstar96; AuH2ORepublican; livius; adorno; wtc911; Willie Green; CGVet58; Clemenza; Narcoleptic; ...
Puerto Rico Ping! Please Freepmail me if you want on or off the list.


5 posted on 06/13/2014 1:28:23 PM PDT by cll (Serviam!)
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To: Mouton

RAUL LABRADOR ON THE ISSUES:

http://www.ontheissues.org/house/Raul_Labrador.htm

ON IMMIGRATION:

Strengthen border security; redouble our efforts. (Nov 2010)

Opposes a pathway to citizenship. (Nov 2010)

Raul Labrador on Health Care

Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)

Voted YES on repealing the “Prevention and Public Health” slush fund. (Apr 2011)

Opposes government-run healthcare. (Aug 2010)

Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market. (Jul 2010)

Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)

Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. (Jan 2011)


6 posted on 06/13/2014 1:29:06 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

On with Hannity..

Sounds sane.. That can make for a real clash RE: eGOP

Imho

McCarthy is the rubber stamping a Vichy eGOP takeover

Or is a continuance of the same old same?

Sadly folks I like are not in the hunt

Gohmert, Gowdy,


7 posted on 06/13/2014 1:29:57 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I hope Obama doesn’t try to eat him.


8 posted on 06/13/2014 1:31:32 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: NormsRevenge

REP. RAUL LABRADOR


9 posted on 06/13/2014 1:32:21 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Looks good!


10 posted on 06/13/2014 1:34:10 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Boehner needs to be voted out.


11 posted on 06/13/2014 1:35:43 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: SeekAndFind

Go Raul!!


12 posted on 06/13/2014 1:36:30 PM PDT by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Keep in mind that Labrador was an original House Gang of Eight member.


13 posted on 06/13/2014 1:43:33 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: Ray76

Grrrr......

Better than the other idiot but is he over the 80% threshold?


14 posted on 06/13/2014 1:47:15 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Ray76

RE: Keep in mind that Labrador was an original House Gang of Eight member.

I thought the gang of eight referred to members of the Senate pushing for their version of immigration “reform”.


15 posted on 06/13/2014 1:47:31 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: NormsRevenge

Would he be the first Latino GOP House Majority Leader? Yes, he would (also, first Mormon)!

We really need to run with that talking point. Make the Establishment run against the first Latino House Majority Leader.


16 posted on 06/13/2014 1:47:51 PM PDT by TitansAFC (2016: 1. Palin, 2. Cruz, 3. Perry, 4. Walker, 5. Huckabee (to make the GOP-E see what WE go through))
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To: SeekAndFind

There are both.

Originally:

House Gang of Eight

John Carter (R-TX)
Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
Sam Johnson (R-TX)
Raul Labrador (R-ID)

Xavier Becerra (D-CA)
Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)
Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
John Yarmuth (D-KY)

Senate Gang of Eight

Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Michael Bennet (D-CO)

John McCain (R-AZ)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
Marco Rubio (R-FL)


17 posted on 06/13/2014 1:51:30 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: Ray76

I was just reading that he left the gang of 8 because they couldn’t come to an agreement regarding illegals paying 100% of their health bill when they go to the ER. He and the other Republicans were not budging on illegals paying 100%.


18 posted on 06/13/2014 1:54:52 PM PDT by bubbacluck (America 180)
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To: liege

IMO that would be a pretty weak reason. It indicates to me that he is not opposed to amnesty, just particulars. I am wary of this guy.


19 posted on 06/13/2014 1:56:54 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Local Fox radio says this afternoon that Labrador is pro-amnesty.

Do you want this 7 foot rattlesnake or do you want that 7 foot rattlesnake?


20 posted on 06/13/2014 1:58:05 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: SeekAndFind

>> “The Mexican American loves education, so he goes to night school, and takes Spanish and gets a B.” << (thanks Cheech!)


21 posted on 06/13/2014 1:58:50 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: xzins; Ray76

WATCH THIS:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp3ID7QTwr4

Rep Raul Labrador leaves Group (he refuses to call it Gang) of 8 on the issue of illegals getting free healthcare and explains why he did it on Fox News.


22 posted on 06/13/2014 2:02:32 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: xzins; Ray76

http://www.scpr.org/blogs/politics/2013/06/20/14053/raul-labrador-has-own-immigration-plan-walks-away/

EXCERPT:

Congressman Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) was a member of the House Gang of Eight hashing out an immigration bill. Labrador prefers the term “Group of Eight” saying his mother told him “not to join gangs.”

Labrador was born in Puerto Rico, but settled in his wife’s home state of Idaho. He dropped out of the official House immigration effort, saying he’s writing his own bills to complement various enforcement measures being pushed through the House Judiciary Committee.

Labrador was short on details, but says he’ll include a guest worker program and status for the so-called Dreamers – undocumented immigrants brought here as children. The other 11 million undocumented, he says, should be legalized, but not necessarily be given a path to citizenship.

“As long as we deal with all the other problems,” he says, “they should be here legally and we can determine later what that means.”


23 posted on 06/13/2014 2:05:10 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind; Ray76

That sounds zero different from any of the other pro-amnesty plans.

Here’s the ONLY one step plan we need:

1. Total control of borders, coasts, airports, harbors, visas, through the TOTAL double fence, through increased patrols, through the application of all forms of technology.

The first guy out with that plan has my vote. Until then, they’re all just another Eric Cantor


24 posted on 06/13/2014 2:11:36 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: SeekAndFind

He is a Mormon which is fine, but Flake and Hatch, who are Mormons, are big amnesty lovers. Me thinks maybe LDS is pushing to get more of their brethren into the US. Hope I am wrong. He would be a big improvement over that RINO McCarthy.


25 posted on 06/13/2014 2:30:08 PM PDT by lone star annie
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d vote for Rep. Raul Labrador. Its not so much his politics but his race and background that our now racist population is going to be looking at.

We need him for the wrong reasons, lets just hope he can save of for the right reasons.


26 posted on 06/13/2014 3:05:53 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess Beck will back him


27 posted on 06/13/2014 3:33:47 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Meh.

Another supporter of amnesty that’s not amnesty.i


28 posted on 06/13/2014 3:44:07 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Be a part of the American freedom migration: freestateproject.org)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yep, Raul is THE man for the job!


29 posted on 06/13/2014 3:44:19 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: liege

Hardly anyone pays 100 percent; they just don’t pay the bill when it comes. And unless they must show ID, they may otherwise give a phony address.


30 posted on 06/13/2014 3:51:33 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Liberals keep winning; so the American people must now be all-liberal all the time.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t trust this guy, but he’s certainly an improvement on McCarthy.

Labrodor, I guess, just wants legalization of Illegals - McCarthy wants full Amnesty.

The country loses either way.


31 posted on 06/13/2014 4:11:52 PM PDT by BobL
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To: SeekAndFind
The resume of a whack job

Not that McCarthy is any better, but this is a professional "Hispanic" and lawyer to boot.

Also a cultist and therefore inherently untrustworthy.

32 posted on 06/13/2014 4:13:08 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: SeekAndFind
If nothing else, it's at least good to have a debate and a competitor...keep watching! I wouldn't be surprised if someone ELSE decided to throw in, too...NOT that I have any ideas about that, but there should be several competitors.

Trouble is, some of the best House people are chairing crucially important committees, and they need to stay there. However, look for more "back benchers" (tee hee! like Gingrich, back in the day) to at least make a race of it!

33 posted on 06/13/2014 4:43:53 PM PDT by 88keys (broken glass GOP; it matters, replace the Dems. 2014!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
A sophomore representative from a heavily Republican district, Labrador's election would dramatically alter the dynamic atop the House GOP.

It would, but since Labrador has no chance of winning then it won't.

34 posted on 06/13/2014 4:46:22 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Mouton
Put the enemy on record...and I want the vote results by name as to whom supports each of them.

You won't. Votes are anonymous and the meeting is closed to everyone except the representatives themselves.

35 posted on 06/13/2014 4:47:57 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Ray76

“IMO that would be a pretty weak reason. It indicates to me that he is not opposed to amnesty, just particulars. I am wary of this guy.”

I agree, Ray. Look at the other names on the House and Senate Gangster lists—they were hand-picked members who were considered to be predisposed to go along with amnesty.

It looks like this is the usual choice for conservatives—bad or worse.


36 posted on 06/13/2014 5:57:00 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: xzins

“Here’s the ONLY one step plan we need: 1. Total control of borders, coasts, airports, harbors, visas, through the TOTAL double fence, through increased patrols, through the application of all forms of technology. The first guy out with that plan has my vote. Until then, they’re all just another Eric Cantor.”

I second that.


37 posted on 06/13/2014 5:59:24 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Good for the Conservatives in the House to fight the new McCarthy-ism
38 posted on 06/13/2014 6:43:38 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: Graewoulf

No, Labrador is another amnesty guy:

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/raul-labradors-complicated-history-immigration-reform


39 posted on 06/13/2014 6:45:47 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

I heard him on Hannidity today. He sounded like a snake oil salesman. Hannidity could never get a dire answer from him.


40 posted on 06/13/2014 6:53:37 PM PDT by sport
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To: SeekAndFind

“He received a B.A. in Spanish with an emphasis in Latin American literature ...”

Latin American literature must lose something in the translation. If 100 Years of Solitude is a watershed moment, the watershed is more like a water closet.

He’s better than McCarthy, and probably enough to the right to scare off any other challengers. How convenient for the Empire. A little too convenient. I heard him on Levin. He sounds like the typical GOPer who wants to be on the fiscally responsible right wing of the Progressive movement.


41 posted on 06/13/2014 7:00:04 PM PDT by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: cdcdawg

Yep—has there been any actually conservative immigration attorney in the last 50 years?


42 posted on 06/13/2014 7:18:47 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker
Yep—has there been any actually conservative immigration attorney in the last 50 years?

Don't know about that. But Labrador was part of a Group of 8 in the House that was working on immigration bill at the same time as the Senate's Group of 8 (Rubio, Schumer, McCain, et al).

And, when the House Group of 8 insisted on amnesty being in their bill, Labrador walked away. And made a racket about it.

As a consequence, he pretty much killed any movement toward amnesty in a House bill.

43 posted on 06/13/2014 7:23:54 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: 9YearLurker

“Yep—has there been any actually conservative immigration attorney in the last 50 years?”

Yes, he was last seen riding a chupacabra across Area 51.


44 posted on 06/13/2014 7:25:27 PM PDT by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: SeekAndFind

“The other 11 million undocumented, he says, should be legalized, but not necessarily be given a path to citizenship.”

OH yeah, for about five minutes and a liberal judge. Bullshit position.


45 posted on 06/13/2014 8:06:04 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Graewoulf

on Hannity Raul sounded absolutely presidential....I’ve donated to his campaign since he’s right across the border....


46 posted on 06/13/2014 8:48:14 PM PDT by cherry
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To: SeekAndFind

I have corresponded with Labrador. He is not a political insider or a GOP elite. He is a strong conservative, though there are some things I disagree with him on.

He is an honest, decent man, who loves this country. I would far rather see him as the Majority Leader than McCarthy.


47 posted on 06/13/2014 9:16:22 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head

Labrador does sound heckuva better than McCarthy.


48 posted on 06/13/2014 10:30:28 PM PDT by entropy12 (Obummer = worst president ever, thanks to voters who abstained on election day!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The praise for Labrador from numerous conservatives puzzles me. He’s more pro-amnesty than Cantor.


49 posted on 06/13/2014 11:36:44 PM PDT by eater-of-toast ("It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones." --Calvin Coolidge)
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To: eater-of-toast
[Labrador's] more pro-amnesty than Cantor.

Then, why did he publicly walk away from a House Group of 8 who were trying to do the same thing that the Senate Group of 8 did -- i.e., write a "comprehensive immigration reform" bill that included amnesty?

He walked out because they were insisting upon amnesty...

50 posted on 06/13/2014 11:40:42 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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