Raul Labrador Thinking About a Run for No. 2 House GOP Job

The conservative considers challenging Kevin McCarthy for majority leader, a source says.

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), speaks at the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC), on February 10, 2011 in Washington, DC. The CPAC annual gathering is a project of the American Conservative Union. 
National Journal
Tim Alberta
Add to Briefcase
Tim Alberta
June 12, 2014, 3:49 p.m.

Raul Lab­rador is quietly con­sid­er­ing a cam­paign for House ma­jor­ity lead­er, ac­cord­ing to a source fa­mil­i­ar with the con­gress­man’s think­ing, po­ten­tially set­ting up a head-to-head con­test with Ma­jor­ity Whip Kev­in Mc­Carthy to re­place Eric Can­tor.

“He’s get­ting a lot of en­cour­age­ment from oth­er mem­bers,” the source said.

Lab­rador was ap­proached by sev­er­al in­flu­en­tial con­ser­vat­ive mem­bers Thursday morn­ing after Rep. Jeb Hensarling an­nounced he would not chal­lenge Mc­Carthy for the No. 2 spot in lead­er­ship.

While Lab­rador en­joys strong sup­port among the most con­ser­vat­ive mem­bers of the House GOP, it’s un­clear wheth­er he would have the abil­ity — with the spe­cial elec­tion less than a week away — to build a broad­er co­ali­tion cap­able of giv­ing Mc­Carthy a com­pet­it­ive race.

As Lab­rador con­tem­plated their en­cour­age­ment to enter the race, an­oth­er Re­pub­lic­an, Rep. Pete Ses­sions, dropped his bid.

Lab­rador is now care­fully con­sid­er­ing wheth­er he wants to enter the fray — and wheth­er he could pos­sibly win.

An out­spoken sopho­more law­maker from Idaho, he is one of the most pop­u­lar tea-party-al­lied mem­bers of the GOP’s right flank.

Lab­rador has oc­ca­sion­ally rubbed some Re­pub­lic­ans the wrong way with his vo­cal cri­ti­cism of the cur­rent lead­er­ship team. He has fre­quently at­tacked that team for be­ing too pass­ive and is one of 12 mem­bers who re­fused to sup­port Speak­er John Boehner’s reelec­tion. He has con­sist­ently said the lead­er­ship team is not rep­res­ent­at­ive of the con­fer­ence be­cause it does not in­clude a red-state Re­pub­lic­an.

Lab­rador’s name has oc­ca­sion­ally been men­tioned as a dark-horse can­did­ate for a lead­er­ship po­s­i­tion. In fact, earli­er this year, Lab­rador joked in an in­ter­view with Na­tion­al Journ­al that he might “do something crazy” like run for speak­er of the House.

It’s un­clear what his timetable is for mak­ing a de­cision. Many law­makers have already left Wash­ing­ton and will not re­turn un­til Monday.

This story was up­dated with the news that Rep. Ses­sions had dropped his bid for ma­jor­ity lead­er.

What We're Following See More »
WON’T INTERFERE IN STRUCTURING NSC OFFICE
White House to Give McMaster Carte Blanche
15 hours ago
THE LATEST
NAIVE, RISK TAKER
Russia Compiling Dossier on Trump’s Mind
17 hours ago
WHY WE CARE

Retired Russian diplomats and members of Vladimir Putin's staff are compiling a dossier "on Donald Trump's psychological makeup" for the Russian leader. "Among its preliminary conclusions is that the new American leader is a risk-taker who can be naïve, according to a senior Kremlin adviser."

Source:
PLANS TO CURB ITS POWER
Pruitt Confirmed As EPA Head
4 days ago
BREAKING
WOULD HAVE REPLACED FLYNN
Harward Turns Down NSC Job
5 days ago
THE LATEST

"Ret. Vice Adm. Bob Harward turned down President Donald Trump's offer to be national security adviser Thursday, depriving the administration of a top candidate for a critical foreign policy post days after Trump fired Michael Flynn." Among the potential reasons: his family, his lack of assurances that he could build his own team, and that "the White House seems so chaotic."

Source:
REVERSES OBAMA RULE
House Votes to Let States Block Planned Parenthood Funds
5 days ago
THE LATEST

"The House passed a resolution Thursday re-opening the door for states to block Planned Parenthood from receiving some federal funds. The measure, which passed 230-188, would reverse a last-minute rule from the Obama administration that said conservative states can't block the women's health and abortion provider from receiving family planning dollars under the Title X program."

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login