Raul Labrador, fresh off his failed bid to become Republicans’ House majority leader, doesn’t know what he’s going to do next, but that doesn’t seem to bother him. In terms of his job as a congressman from Idaho’s first district, it’s back to regular-scheduled programming for the sophomore lawmaker.
“You know, I don’t have my sights set on anything,” said Labrador from his small office in a corner of the Longworth House building. “I didn’t come here to be in leadership. I came here to make a difference, and if I can make a difference without being in leadership, I would be very happy with that.”
Labrador challenged Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy for the job of majority leader, which is being vacated by Eric Cantor at the end of July. In what can only be described as a “whirlwind,” the native Puerto Rican threw his hat in the race less than a week before the election was set to take place.
Now things seem to be getting back to normal. His press secretary, Todd Winer, chuckles when I bring up what must have been a hectic past few days. “It was crazy,” he concedes before motioning to his boss, “but he did most of the work.”