Idaho's 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador is on his third swing today seeking to win over Hispanic voters for Romney-Ryan, prompting Democrat Jimmy Farris to make hay of Labrador's repeated absence from the Idaho campaign.
Farris said he'd be campaigning on the Boise State campus and in Nampa today.
"Congressman Labrador seems to think that ignoring his constituents is acceptable," Farris said in a news release, "but Idaho will tell him differently on Election Day."
Labrador is traveling with the first lady of Puerto Rico on an all-day bus tour along Interstate 4, which includes two stops in Orlando, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The Labrador campaign did not immediately reply to a request for comment, following the incumbent's custom of ignoring his underfunded opponent.
Labrador was with Luce Vela de Fortuño, wife of Gov. Luis Fortuño, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Labrador, who was born in Puerto Rico, immigrated to the U.S. with his mother at age 13. This is his third campaign trip for the "Juntos con Romney" arm of the campaign, which means, "Together with Romney." He was in Miami last week and earlier visited Colorado and Nevada on the same trip.
Farris' news release follows:
Farris to Labrador: listen to Idaho, not Florida
MERIDIAN, Idaho – 1st Congressional District candidate Jimmy Farris responded today to news that Congressman Raul Labrador is once again campaigning for Mitt Romney in Florida.
“Congressman Labrador is freshman representative with a record of voting to cut jobs,” said Farris. “He’s responsible for the first credit downgrade in our nation’s history and is part of a Congress that has the highest disapproval rating in history, all while collecting a $174,000 a year salary. Now he doesn’t even feel he needs to campaign for Idaho’s votes.”
Labrador will be stumping for the presidential candidate in Orlando today as part of the “Juntos con Romney” tour. He also campaigned for Romney in Nevada and Colorado earlier this month. Labrador has been conspicuously absent from events in his own state.
Farris, who is spending the day speaking to students at Boise State University and will meet with voters this evening at an event in Nampa, is disappointed in Labrador’s disregard for his constituents.
“I’ve spent the past year traveling all over the state to meet First District residents and listen to their needs,” said Farris. “I continually reach out to the voters to find out how I can represent them in the best way possible. Listening to Idahoans, spending time with them and getting to know them better is vital to doing a good job as their congressman. Congressman Labrador seems to think that ignoring his constituents is acceptable, but Idaho will tell him differently on Election Day.
“The people of Idaho expect and deserve more,” Farris continued. “If I am given the honor of representing the First District, I will always put Idaho first.”
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