Idaho's Labrador: 'I get calls almost every day asking me to run for governor'

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.”

Sure they call and ask him to run.

Then they ask him if his refrigerator is running.


Probably by the same person... a crazy wacknut TeaParty member.

on the other hand

maybe it's just people who would like to get him out of Congress.

Its just his wife calling or

Its just his wife calling or maybe an auto self recording on speed dial. I know of no one who has stated Lab should run for governor. Although there are many who would like to see him be run out of office.

Of another state.


This brouhaha could have been prevented...communication?

And at the end of every conversation

Raul says, "Thanks Mom."

See Raul Run!

Run, run, run!

See Jane run the other direction!

Don't run, Jane!

Spot is alone.


This brouhaha could have been prevented...communication?

What the ?????

"There was nobody else at the moment I thought would be a good speaker."

Are you kidding? In the entire House of Representatives there wasn't anyone who would be a good speaker? What were all those efforts to oust Boehner for if there wasn't anyone else who would be good? Sorry, Rep. Labrador, but I don't buy that one bit. In fact, i find it to be a ridiculous response to your inability to just stand up and vote.

Raul was just bein' defiant and cranky...

reflecting the general attitude of the TP folks, regardless of what's needed to govern. He's also known for biting off his own nose to spite his face.


I just threw up.
Come on Idaho, you have some answers to deliver. Why, why did you reelect this chucklehead? I am embarrassed but I am also writing him expressing dissatisfaction for not representing me. He is representing himself.

oh, oh, there it comes again...I need to go find a toilet.


The maturity if comments here equals that of


Apparently you've actually been there. Just sayin'


People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.