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The pundits gave Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) no chance to beat California Congressman Kevin McCarthy.  But there are signs that the June 19 vote is seriously contested.  FreedomWorks came out for Labrador and now I see this in Time of all places:

Labrador enjoys the support of Tea Party groups—even before he officially announced his candidacy on Friday, the Campaign for Liberty sent out a press release endorsing him. And the National Taxpayers Union gave Labrador the best rating for protecting taxpayers, 90% to McCarthy’s 79%.

And the Idaho Representative, like Brat, is taking to the airwaves on conservative talk radio:

In all of his appearances, Labrador has confidently declared that he will win the race, and he has subtly accused McCarthy and the rest of GOP leadership of ignoring the rank and file. In one extended rant on Hannity’s show, Labrador seemed to be speaking directly to the GOP conference.

“This is one of the most important jobs in America, to be a member of Congress,” he said on June 13. “And you should feel proud of the work that you’re doing, and you should go to work every single day excited that you’re actually making a difference in people’s lives. I think I want to make sure that every member of Congress feels that way. That it’s not a top-down leadership, that it’s actually — that they can actually make a difference, that they can actually have input into what happens in the conference. That you don’t just have to be one of the friends of the leadership team in order to actually do your job in Congress.”

And the ballot is secret.  No chance of intimidation.  And Labrador is not intimidated easily (from the Time article):

Within a month of arriving in Washington in January 2011, Labrador voted along with 45 other Tea Party members to get rid of the second engine for the F-35 fighter jet, a pet project of Boehner, as part of the engine is made in his district. Two years later, Labrador was one of a small group of disaffected conservatives who explored ousting Boehner, but found they didn’t have the votes. Instead, when it came time to vote for speaker, Labrador was one of dozen who voted “present” or for someone else instead of supporting Boehner.

A guy who will vote against his own Speaker is a leader worth voting for.  I do not have a vote but if you live in any district with a Republican congressman other than the Seventh in VA, contact your representative and ask them to vote for Raul Labrador for Majority Leader.



About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

One Response to “IS RAUL LABRADOR going to be the NEXT DAVE BRAT?”

  1. I’m still trying to get Congressmen Wittman’s office to tell me who he is planning on voting for. A vote for McCarthy would be very telling indeed!


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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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