Republican congressman Labrador to run for Idaho governor

U.S. Representative Raul Labrador talks to the media about U.S. Representative Paul Ryan after the House Freedom Caucus meetin

Just days after getting booed at a town hall meeting after he told the crowd "nobody dies without health care", conservative Idaho congressman Raul Labrador has announced that he plans to run for Idaho's governorship in 2018.

Denney said, "I don't think his public announcement will be for a while".

First elected to Congress in the 2010 Republican wave, Labrador was a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus - the group of roughly 30 hard-line conservatives that helped oust former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in 2015 and has leveraged its voting bloc to move the GOP conference's American Health Care Act to the right in recent months. The congressman will bring his experience in Washington, D.C.to the race, and I am excited to continue sharing my conservative message of building an even better Idaho with a fresh approach and new ideas.

Assistant Idaho House Majority Leader Brent Crane, R-Nampa, said he plans to "help Raul become governor", and that he isn't planning to run for the soon-to-be vacant congressional seat. Two independent candidates and a homeless Democratic candidate have also filed for the top seat. Labrador voted for the bill when it came to a floor vote last week following weeks of negotiations and amendments added to the bill.

Labrador has said his remarks were "inelegant" but were taken out of context, because he was saying hospitals are required to provide emergency treatment regardless of whether someone can pay.

It was an odd start to a bid for governor that Labrador has pondered for years.

"During ten hours of town halls, one of my answers about health care wasn't very elegant", Labrador said in the statement. This from a town hall meeting in Lewiston, Idaho. "And that's a congressman, not a garbage man, that's a congressman we have". It concluded that Labrador's statement scored the worst-possible rating on the site's "Truth-o-Meter", "Pants on Fire".

Well, yup. Most Idaho political observers saw it coming. Butch Otter, who is not seeking another term.

That year, six candidates - including current Gov. A native of Puerto Rico, he and wife Becca have five children.

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