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Raul Labrador: End leaders’ stranglehold
politico.com ^ | 6/17/14 | Kendall Breitman

Posted on 06/17/2014 7:52:18 AM PDT by cotton1706

Rep. Raul Labrador on Tuesday made his case to be elected as House majority leader by saying that he can unify the Republican conference better than Rep. Kevin McCarthy and that he will end the leadership’s “top-down approach” to members.

“What we’ve had is kind of a top-down approach where you talk to members of Congress and they feel like they’re totally irrelevant,” Labrador said on “Fox and Friends.” “One of my friends told me that he feels that 80 percent of the conference feels that they are irrelevant because everything is done by the leaders here.”

McCarthy is regarded as the frontrunner in the race to replace Rep. Eric Cantor in the House post.

“I think what I can do is bring the party together, bring the conference together, much better than Kevin McCarthy,” said Labrador, a sophomore Republican from Idaho. “I want every member to contribute, I want every member to participate in the process and to know that their ideas, whether they are good or bad, they’re going to be heard.”

Labrador only has two more days to collect the needed 118 votes ahead of Thursday’s House GOP vote.

“We’re close,” he said on Fox. “We still have a lot of work to do but we’ve talked to a lot of people, a lot of people are switching their votes and they’re really excited about having someone challenging the establishment right now.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections

1 posted on 06/17/2014 7:52:18 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

More and more, when I read something from Politco, I get the impression that there is an agenda with them.


2 posted on 06/17/2014 7:59:33 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Global Warming is caused by illegal immigrants!)
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To: VRW Conspirator

“More and more, when I read something from Politco, I get the impression that there is an agenda with them.”

Oh, you’re absolutely right. They’re the propaganda arm of the democratic party. But some of their stories still give insights.


3 posted on 06/17/2014 8:01:19 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706; Ann Archy

“One of my friends told me that he feels that 80 percent of the conference feels that they are irrelevant because everything is done by the leaders here.”

So one of his friends FEELS that 80% think they are irrelevant.

That’s pretty darn sound. Quite a thorough analysis of the “conference”.

“I want every member to contribute, I want every member to participate in the process and to know that their ideas, whether they are good or bad, they’re going to be heard.”

Well Kumbaya!

This guy is talking empty blather and empty platitudes.


4 posted on 06/17/2014 8:07:10 AM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: cotton1706

“They’re the propaganda arm of the democratic party.”

One of many.

Politico is free in DC. It seems to target inside beltway players. And those outside with the same interest.


5 posted on 06/17/2014 8:12:22 AM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: cotton1706
Rep. Raul Labrador? Obviously the agenda is to allow only open-borders, pro-amnesty, anti-Americans in the considerations for House leadership positions.

La Raza operative Raul Labrador promises to pass amnesty in 2015

6 posted on 06/17/2014 8:17:34 AM PDT by meadsjn
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To: meadsjn

Well, he’s the ONLY conservative who stepped up to the plate to challenge McCarthy.

Boehner set up a nice little chain of command in the Majority Leader, Whip and Conference Chair positions, as well as the committee chairs, so that no conservatives EVER get into a leadership position.

They must be challenged by somebody, and Labrador is the only one to do it. There will be more elections at the end of the year after the elections. Even if McCarthy gets the nod, he can be weakened.


7 posted on 06/17/2014 8:37:07 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: ifinnegan
I think he was just using this as an example. The guy has been in the House for four years and will be re-elected in November. He is well aware of the problems with the GOP leadership. We're always hoping for new blood, but when someone steps up to the plate, you run your mouth against him.

Have you checked his record? Do you know anything about him, big mouth? I guess you'd rather have the GOPe guy, sophomore.

8 posted on 06/17/2014 8:50:25 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: meadsjn

This is not a news story. It’s racist bullshit. Labrador openly announced that he opposes the GOP leadership amnesty position months ago.


9 posted on 06/17/2014 8:52:22 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: cotton1706
Well, he’s the ONLY conservative who stepped up to the plate to challenge McCarthy.

Just what the heck is "conservative" about anyone who wants amnesty and open borders with massive hordes of criminal aliens swarming across, eating out the substance of the USA, stealing, killing, robbing, raping, and screaming for the deaths of everyone who does not belong to "The Race"?

That is what "La Raza" is all about. It is not "conservative", and neither is anyone who gives them the time of day.

10 posted on 06/17/2014 8:54:35 AM PDT by meadsjn
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To: Dr. Thorne

Labrador said it. Not me.

It is interesting all you can do is make personal insults.

That really will gain people considering your argument.


11 posted on 06/17/2014 8:55:52 AM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: Dr. Thorne
Yep. Anyone wishing to check out Labrador's stated positions in brief may check HERE. I like the profile. Disclaimer: I voted for the guy.
12 posted on 06/17/2014 8:56:44 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: cotton1706
Rep. Raul Labrador on Tuesday made his case to be elected as House majority leader by saying that he can unify the Republican conference better than Rep. Kevin McCarthy...

With all due respect, Paul Labrador couldn't unite the Idaho Republican Convention. I'm not sure he could unite the Republicans in Congress.

13 posted on 06/17/2014 8:59:09 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: cotton1706
McCarthy: “The principles aren’t written yet, but in my personal belief, I think it’ll go with legal status that will allow you to work and pay taxes,”

Labrador: "The Senate comprehensive bill repeats the mistakes of the 1986 amnesty. I will oppose any legislation – such as the Senate bill – that is based on the philosophy of “legalization first, border security later.”"

Take your pick.

14 posted on 06/17/2014 9:03:26 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: DoodleDawg

He couldn’t unite the GOP convention because the Tea Party conservatives wouldn’t back down to the GOPe. IMHO, that is a good thing. We’re fighting back. Perhaps you would prefer a nice fuzzy compromise with the statists?


15 posted on 06/17/2014 9:05:04 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: ifinnegan

I have no problem telling know-nothings that they know nothing. Some people have nothing to say, but they say it anyway.


16 posted on 06/17/2014 9:06:18 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: meadsjn

I agree with you on Amnesty. But there are nevertheless only two men vying for the position of Majority Leader. Which would YOU choose??

McCarthy 56% (Average) 42% (Heritage) 53% (CFG) 73% (FreedomWorks)

Labrador 85% (Average) 77% (Heritage) 86% (CFG) 92% (FreedomWorks)


17 posted on 06/17/2014 9:07:20 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: meadsjn
Right. He spoke to La Raza. And Rand Paul spoke to the NAACP. I guess that proves he's in favor of racial set-asides and reparations.

Propaganda won't work here. He is not for open borders. Read what HE says, not what your racist screed says.

http://labrador.house.gov/immigration/

18 posted on 06/17/2014 9:10:21 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: Dr. Thorne

Double down!

Wow. You are tough.

Hard Ball, Doctor!


19 posted on 06/17/2014 9:14:50 AM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: Dr. Thorne
He couldn’t unite the GOP convention because the Tea Party conservatives wouldn’t back down to the GOPe. IMHO, that is a good thing. We’re fighting back. Perhaps you would prefer a nice fuzzy compromise with the statists

So what makes him sure he can unite the Congressional delegation? The same problems exist there.

20 posted on 06/17/2014 9:16:52 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Dr. Thorne; Billthedrill
I'm with you Doc.

I lived in Idaho when he was first elected.

He's not perfect, but he's smart and he's a fighter.

He was also one of only 12 who voted no when Boehner was 'elected' Speaker of the House.

The bonus is that if he did beat McCarthy then Boehner in all likelihood have to step down---you can hardly serve as speaker with a House Leader who opposes you.

Of course for that reason the champions of the status quo will attack Labrador all the more.

Labrador on Immigration

21 posted on 06/17/2014 9:28:32 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Dr. Thorne
Propaganda won't work here. He is not for open borders. Read what HE says, not what your racist screed says.

Good advice about not letting propaganda prevail. Except that one should pay attention to what he has DONE, not what he has SAID.

Labrador's sole private sector practice was spent representing the interests of illegal aliens. Just like Rubio, he played the conservative role in the state legislature, until he reached the national stage. Then the racist latino shows his true face.

22 posted on 06/17/2014 9:34:26 AM PDT by meadsjn
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