Wed., May 19, 2010
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?