BOISE – Republican U.S. hopeful Raul Labrador says if voters in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District want to know how he’d represent them if elected, they need only to look at his record in the state Legislature.
Labrador touted his conservative credentials and railed against federal spending at a rally in Caldwell, where the Republican National Committee’s “Fire Pelosi” bus tour made a stop Saturday.
The tour is designed to boost prospects for GOP congressional candidates with events aimed at unseating House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after this fall’s elections.
The Idaho event targeted Democratic U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick with a rally in support of his 1st District GOP opponent, Labrador, a two-term state lawmaker from Eagle.
In a crowd where the names “Barack Obama” and “Nancy Pelosi” were used with heavy disdain, Labrador frequently threw his opponent into the mix, declaring that the “Obama-Pelosi-Minnick administration” had not done enough to spur the economy and create jobs.
“I know what it means to create jobs, to experience both good times and bad,” said Labrador, an immigration attorney.
Minnick campaign manager John Foster said Labrador’s “so-called business experience” was laughable compared with Minnick, a former wood-products company executive with “three decades of creating jobs and helping build Idaho’s economy.”
“Raul has zero qualifications for helping Idaho’s economy,” Foster said.