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Mon., July 22, 2013, 3:38 p.m.

Trib: Wither Goest Raul?

Everybody has a theory about Idaho Republican Congressman Raul Labrador's next career move. Does he take on Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter in next spring's GOP primary? Is he angling for a Senate seat? There's even a theory that Labrador would run for a lower-tier statewide office - such as lieutenant governor - to establish a statewide launching pad. Is Labrador going to seek a third term and make his mark in the U.S House? And then there's this: Is Labrador going to follow in the footsteps of former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R- S.C., who left office for a lucrative job running the conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, or former Congressman Chris Chocola, R-Indiana, who now heads up the conservative Club for Growth? Chocola's group, incidentally, has targeted Labrador's colleague, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, for termination/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you think, as I do, that Congressman Raul Labrador is too ambitious to remain a U.S. House member?

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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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