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Tue., June 10, 2014, noon

Labrador says ‘Leave Bergdahl family alone’

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador is calling for people to “leave the Bergdahl family alone” as the nation debates the prisoner swap that freed Idaho Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years of Taliban captivity.

Labrador, who’s been relatively quiet on the issue since Bergdahl’s release a week ago, was asked about the issue during a session with reporters in Washington, D.C. this morning sponsored by the Heritage Foundation.

“Sgt. Bergdahl and his family, they’re from my state, and I know the family pretty well, and I have been very careful in my statements to the media about this because I don’t think we should criticize the sergeant right now,” the second-term Idaho Republican said. “We don’t know all the details of why he left, whether he left voluntarily, and I think we should be very careful as members of Congress to not escalate the rhetoric that leads to Americans trying to decide what happened in this case.”


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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.