Yes, I know this news first broke on Friday, but I was on vacation then, so here’s a link to my full story on GOP congressional candidate Raul Labrador’s decision to join the NRCC’s “Young Guns” candidate recruitment program after all, a turnaround from his earlier position that he’d “opt out” of the program. Labrador said he received assurances that the NRCC wouldn’t “interfere with our campaign’s Idaho-focused strategy,” so he decided to join up despite rebuffing the NRCC for months.
Labrador’s initial concerns about the national GOP candidate program seem consistent with statements he’s made about other traditional GOP supporters, from deriding the Associated General Contractors as tax-raisers after they endorsed incumbent Walt Minnick to declaring that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which also endorsed Minnick, has a “big-government tilt.” “I think I’m critical of business as usual,” Labrador told Eye on Boise today. “I think if you talk to individuals throughout the state about what their fears and their concerns are, every one of them will tell you that they don’t like the way things are being done in Washington, D.C.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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