Republican Rep. Raul Labrador is profiled in Spokane's alternative weekly, the Pacific Northwest Inlander, which includes several juicy tidbits for Labrador watchers.
Labrador told me last week that he hadn't made up his mind about a bid for governor in 2014, a statement he repeated to reporter Daniel Walters Monday. But the “I get calls almost every day asking me to run for governor,” line may be a signal that Labrador is preparing the ground for a run.
At the Statehouse, gossip is mounting about who might seek the open seat should Labrador's pull the trigger.
A few other gems from the interview, include:
Labrador on withholding his vote for Speaker John Boehner on Jan. 3 and refusing to answer the clerk calling the roll: “I decided to speak with my silence. There was nobody at that moment I thought would be a good speaker.”
Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez on how he and Labrador are working to find common ground on immigration reform: “He understands the issues and realizes immigration is more than just a political or labor market issue. He sees the human side of immigration, the families that are being ripped apart by deportations or the decades it takes for some families to get visas.”
Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Grant on Labrador using his Puerto Rican heritage to thrust himself into the national spotlight on immigration: “Right now, I think he’s having a good time putting on a show. Going on the talk shows, using his ethnic background in the Republican Party in order to advance his career.”