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This Tea Party favorite just jumped in the race to replace Eric Cantor
Washington Examiner ^ | June 13 2014 | Susan Ferrechio

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. “It’s 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.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: 113th; boehner; cantor; labrador; majorityleader; raullabrador; teaparty

1 posted on 06/13/2014 1:48:38 PM PDT by PoloSec
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To: PoloSec

I hear Obama loves Labrador.

Preferably slow roasted.


2 posted on 06/13/2014 1:49:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: PoloSec
You GO LabMan!

BTW, I usually prefer "Traditional Republican" to "Tea Party".

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3 posted on 06/13/2014 1:52:10 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: PoloSec

“Many consider McCarthy to be a politically similar to Cantor, particularly when it comes to immigration reform.”

According to Numbers, he is actually WORSE!!


4 posted on 06/13/2014 1:53:07 PM PDT by ZULU (Impeach Obama NOW.)
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To: PoloSec

How is he on gays/abortion and prosecuting this admin?


5 posted on 06/13/2014 1:55:32 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: PoloSec

“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.


6 posted on 06/13/2014 1:56:30 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Happier than a Svoboda skinhead with a free new armband.)
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To: PoloSec

Go, Lab! Sic ‘em! (aim for the groin if possible)


7 posted on 06/13/2014 1:58:00 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: PoloSec

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.


8 posted on 06/13/2014 1:58:21 PM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: PoloSec

Another thread if anyone is interested in the comments thereon

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3167444/posts
Rep. Raul Labrador Will Challenge Kevin McCarthy for GOP Leader


9 posted on 06/13/2014 1:59:29 PM PDT by deport
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To: PoloSec
Obama cannot be TRUSTED to enforce any immigration law. So why pass ANYTHING????
10 posted on 06/13/2014 2:01:24 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: PoloSec

I want Louie Gohmert. Or similar (if one can be found.)


11 posted on 06/13/2014 2:02:05 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

BTTT!


12 posted on 06/13/2014 2:03:23 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: PoloSec

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.


13 posted on 06/13/2014 2:03:26 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: PoloSec

Couldn’t we just draft Representative Trey Gowdy?


14 posted on 06/13/2014 2:11:28 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: PoloSec
He opposes immigration reform of any kind in 2014, but said he believes in eventually increasing legal immigration

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.

15 posted on 06/13/2014 2:17:15 PM PDT by kabar
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To: lulu16

Trey Gowdy favors a Dream Act for the “kids.”


16 posted on 06/13/2014 2:18:17 PM PDT by kabar
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To: PoloSec

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.


17 posted on 06/13/2014 2:21:10 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: kabar

Scratch him Gowdy then. Who do you suggest?


18 posted on 06/13/2014 2:21:33 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: ZULU

Labrador gets a C+ from NumbersUSA this session and a B lifetime. McCarthy gets an F- this session and A- career.


19 posted on 06/13/2014 2:21:42 PM PDT by kabar
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To: lulu16

Steve King. Lamar Smith.


20 posted on 06/13/2014 2:23:15 PM PDT by kabar
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To: lulu16

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?


21 posted on 06/13/2014 2:24:28 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: kabar

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?


22 posted on 06/13/2014 2:25:25 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: kabar

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.


23 posted on 06/13/2014 2:25:42 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: lulu16

King doesn’t think it is his type of job to get 218 votes.


24 posted on 06/13/2014 2:26:31 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: SoFloFreeper

This is the best argument.... When the government rules arbitrarily laws are meaningless.


25 posted on 06/13/2014 2:30:17 PM PDT by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can STILL go straight to hell.)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Barletta is a good guy and he is certainly great on immigration.


26 posted on 06/13/2014 2:31:54 PM PDT by kabar
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To: PoloSec

Don’t get your hopes up, the fix is in. Boehner was summoned to the Whitey hut and given his marching orders.


27 posted on 06/13/2014 2:32:36 PM PDT by VTenigma (The Democratic party is the party of the mathematically challenged)
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To: kabar

I think King and Barletta with real tans would make Boehner look even worse.


28 posted on 06/13/2014 2:32:42 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

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.


29 posted on 06/13/2014 2:33:20 PM PDT by kabar
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

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.


30 posted on 06/13/2014 2:37:58 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: PoloSec

yes! good news... do not want McCarthy at all, and especially uncontested...


31 posted on 06/13/2014 3:02:38 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: lulu16
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.

i just do not see them going for anybody outside of the House... no way...

32 posted on 06/13/2014 3:04:02 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: PoloSec

Great—another amnesty guy.


33 posted on 06/13/2014 3:06:57 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Psalm 144
I would think whips would be like commissars - deferred to, humored and hated by most.

That's the way it used to be. Social media/new media, increased transparency and the ability to rapidly gin up significant grassroots support in specific districts make that sort of thing largely impossible. The Representative who caves into leadership gets hit TWICE: once on taking the wrong position and then on allowing himself to be bullied.

Flattering and cajoling Members into voting party-line works much better.
34 posted on 06/13/2014 3:11:24 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: PoloSec

Raul Labrador is an amnesty pimp. But clever enough not to advertise it.


35 posted on 06/13/2014 3:23:50 PM PDT by Pelham (Either Deportation or Amnesty.)
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To: PoloSec

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.


36 posted on 06/13/2014 3:48:30 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: fwdude

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.


37 posted on 06/13/2014 3:50:27 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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To: lulu16

Louie Gohmert would be my choice.


38 posted on 06/13/2014 4:00:02 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: PoloSec

U am for anybody who opposes the “Dream” Act and Amnesty.


39 posted on 06/13/2014 4:00:12 PM PDT by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

I shall look into his record. Thank-you for the suggestion.


40 posted on 06/13/2014 4:01:25 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: PoloSec

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.


41 posted on 06/13/2014 4:19:43 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: lulu16

It was BILLION with a “B”!!!!


42 posted on 06/13/2014 6:14:59 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Blue Highway

Are you referring to an allocation of Obama’s on the illegal surge from my other thread., if so, that’s a major heist.


43 posted on 06/13/2014 6:19:08 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: kabar

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.


44 posted on 06/14/2014 2:37:21 AM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: lulu16

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.


45 posted on 06/14/2014 6:53:48 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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