Idaho's Rep. Labrador: 'Washington has not changed me,' announces bid for second term

First District freshman Republican Congressman Raul Labrador officially launched his reelection bid flanked by top party leaders including Gov. Butch Otter and about 40 GOP lawmakers Monday at the Statehouse.

After spending just four years in the Idaho House, Labrador won upsets in both the primary and general elections in 2010 and quickly became a popular figure among media outlets seeking comment from the GOP's tea party wing.

Labrador told about 300 people at his rally that he'd fulfilled his promises to cut spending, improve the economy, advance domestic energy production, fight federal expansionism and regulations and oppose abortion.

"I voted to reduce spending not just by a little bit, but by a lot, back to 2008 levels," Labrador said.

His biggest applause line was when he reminded the crowd he was the first member of Congress to call for the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder.

He closed his 9-minute speech with this, "Finally, I promised to not allow Washington to change me and Washington has not changed me," Labrador said. "I have kept my promises to you."

Democrat Jimmy Farris, a former NFL receiver who grew up in Lewiston and lives in Meridian, is the only other candidate in the race.

Not everyone in the crowd was there on behalf of Labrador.

A handful of members of Occupy Boise carried a 12-foot banner to the front of the crowd as Labrador spoke.

At the side, about 10 protesters from the "Add The Words" gay-rights campaign carried signs critical of Senate GOP Caucus Chairman John McGee. On Friday, McGee spoke on behalf of Republicans who defeated an attempt to introduce a bill adding sexual orientation and gender identification to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

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Next clown show,, Tuesday at

Next clown show,,

Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Capital High School auditorium in Boise.

And then Bozo on Friday


So he was this bad before? I'm so disappointed.


It's still clunky and the writing is horrible as usual

Raul, If

your greatest accomplishment, since serving in Congress, has been the first to ask Holder to resign, you have failed miserably. During your disrespectful questioning of Holder, he made you out to be the ignorant, hick from Idaho,(or wherever you're from) fool, that people worldwide will remember you as.

Labrador: 'Washington has not changed me'

That's pretty funny. Not only has Washington not changed him, he hasn't changed Washington one bit. Idaho sent him to Washington because of his promise to bring back jobs. All he has done is take orders and vote in lockstep with the party whose sole goal is to make sure President Obama does not get a second term, even if that means keeping Idahoans out of work and taking America down.


"Labrador told about 300 people at his rally that he'd fulfilled his promises to ... improve the economy.." I wonder how that happened with President Obama in the White House? When's the last time Labrador said the economy was worse under Obama, or that the President's policies (especially the Stimulus) have failed?

Perhaps he hasn't changed,one thing's for sure: he still hasn't read the Constitution. He keeps saying that we need a balanced budget amendment, despite the fact that NEITHER house has voted with the 2/3rds majority needed for an amendment when the Constitutionally required first step is 2/3rds votes by BOTH houses of Congress. STFU Labrador and read that thing you've pledged to defend.

Labrador is faithfully consistent

Labrador has done everything possible to fulfill his promises. He, with the majority of the House, has passed numerous bills to help the economy, but the Democrat Senate has refused even to consider them. He has stood up against those opposing him, including Holder. He was not disrespectful to Holder; Holder was disrespectful to him. Praise the Lord for Labrador and others like him. We need more who will stand for traditional family values and Constitutional rights.

Thank FSM for Hitchens

If Labrador had an enema he would fit in a matchbox.

Nobody must care for him...

If it took THREE days to add 2 more comments to 4.


Believe in yourself. At least you won't troll yourself in blogs.

took 3 days to add comments

That's because most conservatives don't waste their time with this liberal paper... only check it to see the latest liberal bias and see the latest comments from the totally devoid of brain cell liberals who are trying to turn this country into another Greece. Those "on the wagon" will soon outweigh those of us pulling it and our country will be doomed... that's why we need good men like Raul Labrador who know from personal family experience, the greatness this country has to offer for those who work hard and have some values. Unlike the "takers" on the liberal side.

If you think this paper is liberal...

Hopefully the Medicare changes will be quite favorable toward you.


Believe in yourself. At least you won't troll yourself in blogs.