Raul Labrador Won’t Primary Governor in Idaho | #ID01
Posted at 5:17 p.m. on Aug. 14, 2013
Labrador is not running for governor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
GOP Rep. Raúl R. Labrador announced Wednesday that he will run for re-election in Idaho’s 1st District, rather than challenge Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter in a primary.
“I’ve decided to end all the speculation and announce that I have no plans at this time to run for governor,” Labrador said at a news conference, according to the Spokesman-Review. “I do not feel that I have yet completed the mission you sent me to Congress to do. There is still much work to be done. Whether at the state or the national level, I will always be an advocate for Idaho.”
Labrador, a tea party firebrand elected to Congress in 2010, was rumored to be considering a primary challenge to Otter in the Gem State.
Idaho’s 1st District is rated a Safe Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.