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September 17, 2014

FreedomWorks Wants Labrador for Majority Leader

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Rep. Raul R. Labrador, R-Idaho, could run for majority leader. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Momentum is growing for a Majority Leader Raúl R. Labrador.

The Idaho Republican and current rank-and-file congressman is being courted by conservative colleagues and outside groups to get into the race for the No. 2 House Republican slot.

On Friday, the tea party affiliated advocacy group FreedomWorks entered the fray, calling on its members to rally together to urge Labrador to take on Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., currently the only declared candidate to succeed outgoing Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., who unexpectedly lost his primary Tuesday night.

“Americans deserve a choice in leadership, and Republicans should learn by now that ‘the next guy in line’ isn’t entitled to the next rung on the ladder,” said FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe in a statement, adding that McCarthy “represents the status quo of growing government and spending money we don’t have.”

Kibbe continued, “Raul Labrador is the perfect leadership choice for constitutional conservatives who are ready to shake things up in Congress. He has an authentic commitment to rejecting special interests, and defending limited government. … He would have the courage to give grassroots America a voice in Washington and make DC listen.”

Conservative members of the House Republican Conference have been trying to field a candidate who would represent their interests at the leadership table. Many of them had been banking on Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, but the Texas Republican said Thursday he would not seek a promotion. Fellow Texas Republican Pete Sessions, the former head of the National Republican Campaign Committee and now Rules chairman, had seemed like a viable back-up option for lawmakers concerned about McCarthy’s more mainstream GOP record, but Sessions, too, alarmed members who saw him as another establishment type, plus his candidacy was a long shot. Sessions ultimately dropped out Thursday night.

Labrador has been evasive about his plans, but confirmed to a Washington Post reporter that he was considering a run. An ally of his in the House also suggested there was brewing movement to draft him.

When CQ Roll Call asked whether Labrador could be fielded as the conservative’s choice for majority leader, that ally said it was “an astute guess.”

  • http://none.com Jack Everett

    What difference does it make? One wing nut or the other it’s all the same obstruction. The party of NO will remain the party of losers.

    • opinionated1234

      Again you refuse to put the blame where it belongs! With the administration. The republicans can do nothing because the president refuses to even discuss anything let alone negotiate and signs executive orders…..where have you been? Anything the republicans send to the floor Crazy Harry Reid kills! the end! Stop blaming everyone else for this administration. The only thing they want the republicans to do is raise the debt limit so they can spend more money…..we are $17 TRILLION IN DEBT! GET REAL! he spends more of our money and taxes on illegal immigrants…..100 billion a year to keep them happy! AND STILL HE REFUSES TO CLOSE THE BORDER!!!!!

      • http://none.com Jack Everett

        It could have something to do with our mission is to “make Obama a one term president.”

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    THE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HAVE UTTERLY FAILED THE 3 MILLION UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES STILL WITHOUT AN EXTENSION BILL SINCE LATE LAST DECEMBER. THESE TWO PARTIES WILL HAVE TO FACE THE FALLOUT IN THE COMING ELECTIONS. THESE 3 MILLION VOTERS WILL REMEMBER WHO REFUSED TO SUPPORT THEM IN TIME OF NEED. SHAME ON BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES FOR THEIR TOTAL LACK OF COMPASSION AND COMMON DECENCY

    • opinionated1234

      People were on unemployment for 99 weeks…..how long can it go on? We need jobs not more unemployment. Unfortunately, the only jobs the president offers is Mc Donald jobs. You are blaming the wrong people…..it is the administrations policies that are killing jobs. He has killed the coal industry, the oil industry and killing the farmers who can’t use water to water their crops because he want to save smelts. With the ACA the work week has been reduced to 30 hours and he has discouraged small businesses from starting up or expanding by overregulation. He refuses to lower the capital gains tax which is sending big business to other countries where the tax structure is better. He is investing in green energy and sends those jobs to foreign countries. Harry Reid has killed any jobs bills which the republicans tried to put through. Put the blame where it belongs!

      • http://none.com Jack Everett

        You wing nuts think your welfare queen status is going to last forever.

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