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Raul Ally: Tea Party Will Take Over

Rep. Raul Labrador, left, accompanies Sen. Rand Paul, right, for a brief media visit at Jackson's Jet Center in Boise while the two were on their way to the Idaho Republican Convention in Moscow June 13. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Darin Oswald)

In a national radio appearance, a leader of the key group backing Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador's failed run for House leadership says it will take a decade for the tea party to capture the Republican Party. Adam Brandon, executive director of Freedom Works, conceded Labrador didn't come "remotely close" in his race with Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy, but said making the race was critical. "Just the fact that we're challenging now for leadership positions shows that we're in the game," Brandon said during an appearance on NPR's "The Diane Rehm Show," Wednesday. "Labrador was the only alternative and you've got to start somewhere," Brandon said. "I'm not expecting to win everything overnight. This is going to take 10 years to continue to win the hearts and minds and voters across the country"/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: If the Tea Party eventually takes over the GOP, what will that mean for Labrador?

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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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