Rep. Labrador To Announce Whether He’ll Run For Governor


Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) told the Idaho Statesman Monday that he would announce at a Wednesday press conference whether he will be running for governor.

Asked by the newspaper’s editorial board about the 2014 race for the state’s top office, Labrador said he would hold the conference to announce his future political plans. The two-term congressman wouldn’t get into specifics about what he plans to announce, however, and gave the Statesman no details as to the exact time or location of the press conference.

Labrador boasts the support of tea party voters and was a leading immigration reform negotiator in the House before withdrawing from talks. If he were to announce a gubernatorial bid, it would spark an intra-party showdown with incumbent Gov. Butch Otter (R), who has announced his intention to run for re-election.


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