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Mansfield: Labrador Story Compelling

I forgot to ask congressional candidate Raul Labrador a question I've wondered about for some time: Can a guy named Raul, from Puerto Rico originally, win a race in the overwhelmingly white 1st Congressional District of Idaho. Spokesman Dennis Mansfield offered this reply a few minutes ago: "When people hear about his story (being from Puerto Rico story and coming to the continental states and the single mother who raised him), We've found it becomes a compelling story. It's almost counterintuitive that Idaho would have a Hispanic, conservative congressman. Raul's life is counterintuitive. He came from a Kennedy Democrat family, and along with his mom, became a Reagan conservative. That's why Raul resonates with the Reaganites."

Question: Is Raul Labrador's first name and Hispanic background a plus or a minus to him as he runs for the 1st Congressional District nod in the GOP primary?

Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.