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Trib: Labrador prefers obstructing

In a Saturday editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune writes:

Congressman Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, will never fit into Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Charlie Dent's definition of a "governing conservative." Those are the 70 to 100 House Republicans Dent says can be counted on to swallow hard and accept the need to keep the government's lights on, even at the price of voting for a flawed but vital bill. Here you'll find Labrador's seat mate, Congressman Mike Simpson, R-Idaho.

Rather, the question was whether Labrador was part of what Dent called the "hope yes, vote no" crowd. These are the 70 to 80 members who vote no because it's popular with the partisan fringe of the GOP. Privately, however, they recognize the importance of clearing budget deals, highway funding or, in Idaho's case, Payment in Lieu of Taxes, Secure Rural Schools and funding for Idaho National Laboratory.

In a close vote, some of these "hope yes, vote no" members peel off and vote affirmatively. Even Labrador has drifted in this direction on rare occasions.But if you read the New Yorker magazine Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza's profile of the House Freedom Caucus, you'll conclude Labrador's feet are planted firmly among the 40 to 60 House Republicans Dent labels the rejectionist wing. More here.

Question: Do you wish that Congressman Raul Labrador would grow up and start government rather than spend his time tearing things down?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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