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Tue., July 23, 2013, 8:48 a.m.

Labrador ♥s Attention, Microphones

Raul Labrador has a thing for microphones. Supporters and critics alike describe the Idaho Republican congressman as a self-confident firebrand eager to speak out, especially in private meetings with his fellow Republicans. Labrador "practically lunged at the microphone" in one 2011 meeting with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the House GOP conference, according to Robert Draper's 2012 book Do Not Ask What Good We Do. In another meeting, Draper wrote, Labrador "rushed to the open microphone." At yet another, Labrador listened to Boehner speak and then "immediately went to the mike." Labrador -- a 45-year-old Mormon father of five, tea party congressman, and Puerto-Rican-born only child of a single mother -- is a man in a hurry, friends and associates say/Jon Ward, Huffington Post. More here.

Question: Is Raul Labrador more concerned about his political career than he is serving Idaho?




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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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