Republican Rep. Labrador running for House majority leader post

U.S. Republican Representative Raul Labrador, a conservative Tea Party favorite, said on Friday that he is running for the post of House majority leader to replace Eric Cantor, who is stepping down. Labrador announced his candidacy for the No. 2 post in the U.S. House of Representatives in a statement. He said he had been stunned by Cantor’s primary election loss earlier this week, but that the message from that episode was clear: “Americans are looking for change in the status quo.” “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,” Labrador, 46, who was born in Puerto Rico but represents a district from Idaho in Congress, said in his statement. Labrador’s allies had said earlier this week that he was being encouraged to run in the June 19 election by other members of Congress.

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