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Tue., Sept. 27, 2011, 3:05 p.m.

Labrador now backs term limits, but won’t self-limit his own terms without law

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on how freshman Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador, after serving in the U.S. House and seeing what it's really like, has changed his mind and now supports term limits. “It's really a shame,” Labrador said. “All decisions back in Washington, D.C. are based on whether you're going to be elected, re-elected, whether you're going to be in the majority or not.”

However, he said he won't unilaterally impose term limits on himself, without them applying to everyone in Congress. “I think that hurts you as a congressman,” he said. “But I am going to start advocating for term limits.” Labrador said he was contemplating a self-imposed limit, but the daughter of the late Idaho Rep. Helen Chenoweth, who voluntarily limited herself to three terms or six years in Congress, “just begged me, 'do not self-impose,'” Labrador said. “She always regretted it.” Chenoweth represented Idaho's 1st District, the same district in which Labrador now serves.




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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