Idaho’s Labrador Seen As Long Shot For Congressional Leadership

By Adam Cotterell

Second-term Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador, on Friday, announced he’s running for House Majority Leader. That’s after current majority leader Eric Cantor lost his primary to a Tea Party challenger earlier this week. But some see Labrador as a long shot.

When it became clear House Republicans would need a new majority leader, some strong potential candidates said they wouldn’t run. That’s when Labrador decided he would, says Kyle Kondik. Kondik is with the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. But Kondik says those other potential candidates didn’t run because current House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy is such a heavy favorite.

“McCarthy has been building alliances with other members for a very long time, throughout the caucus. Whereas Labrador I think is someone who had been more on the fringe of the caucus. He has his supporters, but I don’t think that’s a big enough group necessarily to make him majority leader.”

Kondik says McCarthy has friends among Labrador’s main support base, the Tea Party wing of the Party. No Idahoan has ever served as House Majority leader or in any of the top leadership positions in Congress.
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