below from FNC Chad Pergram —
Urgent: Labrador announces challenge to McCarthy for Majority Leader
Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
BOISE, ID – Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID) announced his candidacy today to serve as House Majority Leader. He released the following statement:
“I was stunned when Eric Cantor lost his primary election earlier this week. Eric is a good friend and I have tremendous respect for him. But the message from Tuesday is clear – Americans are looking for a change in the status quo.
“I want a House Leadership team that reflects the best of our conference. A leadership team that can bring the Republican conference together. A leadership team that can help unite and grow our party. Americans don’t believe their leaders in Washington are listening and now is the time to change that.
“Republicans need to address the growing challenges of immobility amongst the poor, insecurity in the middle class and stop protecting the special interests at the top. We must ensure every American has an equal opportunity to succeed, that they are treated fairly not only by the laws we pass in Congress, but by our political system. We must restore the proper role of government to create space for free markets and civil society to prosper and flourish. And we have to unify the country around the values we share, the ideas we all support, and solutions we can agree on. President Obama and the Democrats have had their chance and they have failed. Republicans must be willing to take these challenges head on with new leadership, fresh ideas, and a different approach. I am running for Majority Leader because I want to help create a vision of growth and opportunity for everyone and start getting to work for the American people.”
Rep. Labrador was first elected to Congress in 2010 and was one of 87 freshmen Republicans elected to Congress that year. Born to a single mother in Puerto Rico, Raúl Labrador moved with his mother to the mainland U.S. at age 13. His mother worked many different jobs to make ends meet. Though times were tough, Raúl’s mother often reminded him that if he studied, worked hard, and played by the rules, he could achieve the American Dream. This encouraged Raúl to never give up on his professional aspirations and personal dreams.
Rep. Labrador is a 1992 graduate of Brigham Young University and a 1995 graduate of the University of Washington, School of Law. He currently lives in Eagle, Idaho with his wife, Becca. They have five children.