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Popkey: Put Fork In Raul’s Guv Plans

Idaho Republican Congressman Raul Labrador’s new campaign finance report sends a strong signal that the sophomore lawmaker’s flirtation with a 2014 challenge to two-term Gov. Butch Otter is over. Labrador raised just $69,123 in the second quarter, just over one-fifth of that raised by Idaho GOP Congressman Mike Simpson and less than half of Simpson’s primary challenger, Bryan Smith. Two weeks ago, Labrador missed his self-imposed deadline on a decision to take on Otter, saying, “I hope to announce a decision within the next couple of months.” Having just read his report filed late Monday with the Federal Election Commission I can’t figure out why he’s delaying the inevitable. But here are four reasons I think Labrador’s ambitions to be governor have been put on hold/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you want to see Congressman Raul Labrador run for Idaho governor?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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