Labrador Won’t Run for Idaho Governor
MERIDIAN, Idaho (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador says he’ll run again for Congress in 2014, ending speculation he’d mount a challenge to GOP Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter in next May’s primary election. Labrador made the announcement that he’d be seeking a third term on Wednesday at his congressional offices in Meridian.
He says his work as a congressman is unfinished. Labrador, born in Puerto Rico, was first elected in 2010 to represent Idaho’s 1st Congressional District with tea party support and has promoted changes to America’s immigration system.
But he’s emerged as an opponent of legislation passed this year by the U.S. Senate, contending it does too little to halt illegal immigration. As a state legislator in 2009, Labrador made a name for himself opposing Otter’s push to increase Idaho’s gasoline tax.