Skip to comments.This Tea Party favorite just jumped in the race to replace Eric Cantor
Posted on 06/13/2014 1:48:38 PM PDT by PoloSec
Second-term Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, plans to challenge Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., for the second most powerful House leadership position.
Labrador just released a statement announcing his bid for House majority leader, saying he believes Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary loss on Tuesday shows, Americans are looking for a change in the status quo.
The leadership election is scheduled for June 19. Labrador made the announcement a half-day after it appeared McCarthy had the job locked up with no opponents. Sign Up for the Politics Today newsletter!
Now, a Labrador aide said, the contest is up in the air.
The old math can be thrown out, the aide said, without revealing how many lawmakers support Labrador. Its a whole new ballgame.
Now serving as House majority whip, McCarthy has been cultivating close relationships with the rank and file for years and claimed by Thursday to have gathered the backing of more than half the conference.
His only opponent, House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, dropped out Thursday night as his became clear he stood little chance of winning.
But the inevitability of McCarthy succeeding Cantor angered the most conservative faction of the House.
They had tried to recruit House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, but he declined to run.
Then they pursued Labrador.
He got a lot of encouragement from other members, a source close to the discussions told the Washington Examiner.
Many consider McCarthy to be a politically similar to Cantor, particularly when it comes to immigration reform.
Both Cantor and McCarthy, his protege, have expressed acceptance of legislation that would eventually legalize those who came here illegally, which some conservatives view as a form of amnesty.
Additionally, conservative talk show hosts who boosted Cantor's primary opponent Dave Brat to victory have been railing against McCarthy as another pro-amnesty leader.
Labrador, a former immigration lawyer, hardly fits the profile of what many conservatives want, which is someone to oppose any immigration reform that increases immigration, both legal and illegal, which they say will decrease employment and deflate wages.
He opposes immigration reform of any kind in 2014, but said he believes in eventually increasing legal immigration and creating a guest worker program after border security is increased.
But Labrador has said he opposes a pathway to citizenship. This could help him win favor with conservatives who might view him as an imperfect but far more attractive alternative to McCarthy.
I hear Obama loves Labrador.
Preferably slow roasted.
BTW, I usually prefer "Traditional Republican" to "Tea Party".
“Many consider McCarthy to be a politically similar to Cantor, particularly when it comes to immigration reform.”
According to Numbers, he is actually WORSE!!
How is he on gays/abortion and prosecuting this admin?
“Now serving as House majority whip, McCarthy has been cultivating close relationships with the rank and file for years and claimed by Thursday to have gathered the backing of more than half the conference.”
I would think whips would be like commissars - deferred to, humored and hated by most.
Go, Lab! Sic ‘em! (aim for the groin if possible)
Being lead by someone from Idaho makes a lot more sense than leadership from places like Ohio and California.
It’s time to put the leadership in the hands of people who represent conservative states and districts.
Another thread if anyone is interested in the comments thereon
Rep. Raul Labrador Will Challenge Kevin McCarthy for GOP Leader
I want Louie Gohmert. Or similar (if one can be found.)
Labrador was one of those who was working with the Dems on putting together the amnesty plan early on. Until he figured out that it was a huge political liability in ID District 1. Then he backed out. If my memory serves he was an immigration lawyer by trade.
Couldn’t we just draft Representative Trey Gowdy?
This guy is an idiot if he wants to increase legal immigration. We bring in 1.1 million permanent legal immigrants a year now--more than the rest of the world combined. Since 1990 29 million legal permanent immigrants. In 1970, one in 21 was foreign-born in this country; today, it is one in 8, the highest in 90 years; and within a decade, it will be one in 7. We have 21 million Americans unemployed or underemployed.
This idiot Labrador wants to bring in more legal immigrants who vote more than two to one Democrat. Labrador was part of the House version of the Gang of 8. What a f'ing disaster.
Trey Gowdy favors a Dream Act for the “kids.”
Labrador only gets 80% in a primary against poorly funded challengers. He has more chance of losing. He got hit by a blue dog Democrat in 2010. He got 44% winning the 2010 primary and 50% winning the general.
For this year he is better than McCarthy.
Scratch him Gowdy then. Who do you suggest?
Labrador gets a C+ from NumbersUSA this session and a B lifetime. McCarthy gets an F- this session and A- career.
Steve King. Lamar Smith.
Trey Gomez(SC) got schooled by Steve King so Gowdy complained to a scrum of reporters.
In order on amnesty opposition in SC: Tim Scott, Joe Wilson, Jeff Duncan, Mark Sanford, Trey Gowdy, Mulvaney and then Lindsey Graham.
Why do you think Steve King and Bachmann only wanted Hensarling or Jordan?
I wonder why King and Smith are not stepping up? Do you think they are afraid of the old boys club or as legislatures, they don’t have the skill set to lead or in the case of the house, herd cats?
Lamar Smith is more fiscally liberal so maybe they should put him as leader.
Barletta would be another fiscally liberal and anti-amnesty leader who could play ball until 2015.
King doesn’t think it is his type of job to get 218 votes.
This is the best argument.... When the government rules arbitrarily laws are meaningless.
Barletta is a good guy and he is certainly great on immigration.
Don’t get your hopes up, the fix is in. Boehner was summoned to the Whitey hut and given his marching orders.
I think King and Barletta with real tans would make Boehner look even worse.
Steve King has more integrity in his little finger than the vast majority of Congress. I am the majority would not want to deal with anyone who is principled and has integrity.
We do need a firebrand who can rally the other insipid republican representatives or at least keep them from straying.
Once again, I suggest Senator Cruz, as he con-fabbed and bolstered the House, during the so-called “shut-down.” He went where his leadership was needed.
Cruz being the head of the house will also prevent Obama from getting his grubby mitts on 2Million (or was it billion) for the democrat made disaster on the border.
yes! good news... do not want McCarthy at all, and especially uncontested...
i just do not see them going for anybody outside of the House... no way...
Great—another amnesty guy.
Raul Labrador is an amnesty pimp. But clever enough not to advertise it.
Notice there is a twist in the story, to make it seem like Labrador is a one-issue candidate.
“Labrador, a former immigration lawyer, hardly fits the profile of what many conservatives want, which is someone to oppose any immigration reform that increases immigration, both legal and illegal, which they say will decrease employment and deflate wages.”
The number of conservatives that are fixated on just that one thing are minimal. Instead, conservatives have dozens of issues they want conservative representation for; as well as somebody with spine who will oppose the Democrats and their agenda, not “meet them halfway” with it.
Now yer tawkin! I would love to see Louie as Speaker. Labrador is pro-amnesty, from what I gather, was a member of the Gang of 8 on immigration “reform.” So, no.
Louie Gohmert would be my choice.
U am for anybody who opposes the “Dream” Act and Amnesty.
I shall look into his record. Thank-you for the suggestion.
Let’s hope some conservative reporters can get to him and nail him down on exactly what he supports. I don’t know enough about him at all.
It was BILLION with a “B”!!!!
Are you referring to an allocation of Obama’s on the illegal surge from my other thread., if so, that’s a major heist.
Another example would be Susan Collins or Mike Enzi for senate GOP leader.
Mike Enzi would lose a primary if he did something wrong in a major way. Susan Collins could be majority leader for 18 years and she’d probably keep winning primaries because of the state she is in. Same with McCarthy.
yes sending $2 BILLION to help the “children”. I have no compassion for these lawbreakers. We need a man made lake that stretches across the the southern border, fill it with water and populate the water with pirhana or alligators. Then sentry towers if the illegals get beyond that and then actual border patrol security forces that are armed and shoot to kill not ask questions and giving illegals hugs and bottled water.