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Labrador still coy on run for governor

Now that the critical first 100 days of the new Trump administration are nearly at an end, Congressman Raul Labrador says he’ll be turning his thoughts to Idaho’s 2018 gubernatorial race, reports Lewiston Tribune reporter Bill Spence.

There’s long been speculation that Labrador would make a bid to succeed three-term Gov. Butch Otter, Spence notes. However, he never publicly indicated which way he might jump – even as one, then two and now three Republicans entered the race.

Lt. Gov. Brad Little was the first Republican to announce his candidacy for the state’s top elected office. He was followed by former Idaho Sen. Russ Fulcher and more recently by Boise physician and developer Tommy Ahlquist.

Labrador said he started seriously thinking about running for governor a year or so ago, but set the decision aside to focus on the 2016 election cycle. Then, he focused on new President Trump’s first 100 days.

Trump reaches the 100-day milestone on April 29. The House currently is out on recess until April 25, and will recess again May 5-16. Labrador didn’t have a specific time frame for announcing his future plans, other than to say the decision will come “sooner rather than later.” You can read Spence’s full report here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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