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Wed., Sept. 19, 2012, 3:40 p.m.

Labrador heads to Florida to stump for Romney, Farris faults him for missing House votes

Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey reports that 1st Congressional District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador has decided to campaign for Mitt Romney in Florida today, despite potentially missing 27 scheduled votes in the House just days after he came in for criticism for his election opponent, Democrat Jimmy Farris, for missing more votes than all three of his predecessors in Congress and than anyone else in the delegation. Popkey writes that Labrador "is joining Mitt Romney at a critical moment in Romney's outreach to Hispanic voters, which also offers an opportunity to turn the page on this week's 47-percent flap." You can read his full report here.

Meanwhile, Farris has issued a press release declaring that Labrador "already broke his promise" from earlier this week to improve his attendance at congressional votes. “He’s choosing Florida over Idaho,” Farris said in the release. “He’s choosing to ingratiate himself to Mitt Romney in the hopes of getting a new job, instead of doing the job he already has. ... The citizens of the First District have no voice in Congress today – because Labrador is busy interviewing for his next government job.”

In the end, Labrador ended up missing just two recorded votes in the House today; the rest of those that had been scheduled were either delayed to later this week, or approved on unrecorded voice votes.

Labrador will join Romney as the GOP presidential candidate appears in a candidate forum on Spanish-language TV network Univision and at a "Juntos Por Romney" rally afterward, which translates to "Together for Romney."

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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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