2014-06-13T212647Z_1_LYNXMPEA5C147_RTROPTP_2_USA-CONGRESS-LABRADOR

Tea Party-backed lawmaker makes bid for No. 2 House post

U.S. Rep. Labrador talks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol building in WashingtonBy Susan Cornwell and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An outspoken Tea Party-backed Republican lawmaker on Friday opened his campaign for the No. 2 leadership post in the House of Representatives against a top deputy of Speaker John Boehner in a bid to boost conservatives’ influence in the party. Raul Labrador of Idaho said he would run for the House Majority Leader job in a special leadership election scheduled for June 19 after Eric Cantor of Virginia announced he was stepping down following his shock primary election defeat on Tuesday to a Tea Party movement activist.

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