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Labrador statement: Decided to run after ‘talking with friend Ken Roberts’

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, has issued a statement about his plans to enter the 1st District congressional race; click below to read his full new release. In it, he says, "Becca and I made this decision after talking with our friend, Ken Roberts."

Rep. Raúl Labrador
Press Release

October 10, 2009


State Representative Raúl Labrador (R-Eagle) announced today that he is making preparations to formally enter the race for the 1st Congressional District seat now held by Democrat Walt Minnick.
“Becca and I made this decision after talking with our friend, Ken Roberts,” Labrador said.  “Before talking about politics, I want to ask Idahoans to join with us in praying for Ken’s health.  I know he and his family are concerned.  And I know we need Ken’s strong leadership in the upcoming session of the Idaho Legislature.  Idaho is facing some difficult challenges and we need him back in Boise, healthy.
“I am fully aware of the fact that putting together a congressional campaign is a monumental undertaking that we cannot do alone,” Labrador added.  “I would not even consider taking on this challenge at this late date without the strong support of Republicans and Independents in the 1st Congressional District.  I’ve been heartened by calls of encouragement from grassroots leaders around the district to champion the conservative values so important to the people of Idaho, and so vital to our nation’s recovery.”
“This country is now undergoing an unprecedented assault on our core values.  Nearly every day we read about more federal spending, or a new policy that can only make us weaker abroad and more vulnerable in our communities.”
“To be honest, I am anxious for our future.  I am worried about the destruction of our economic strength, and resentful of the mountains of debt we will leave our children.”
“These are challenges which demand a vigorous answer.  Washington, D.C. needs a strong dose of Idaho values and I am prepared to battle, on behalf of our families and our future, Speaker Pelosi’s dangerous agenda.”
“In the days ahead, I will make a formal announcement of my candidacy for Congress.”

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