Labrador announces bid for House majority leader
WASHINGTON (AP) - Conservative congressman Raul Labrador is launching a long-shot challenge to replace the recently defeated Eric Cantor as House majority leader.
Labrador is a Republican from Idaho elected in the 2010 tea party wave that gave the GOP control of the House. His candidacy is likely to be symbolic for conservatives, since California Republican Kevin McCarthy seems to have all but nailed down the job.
The election for the No. 2 House GOP leadership post will be Thursday. The winner will replace Cantor. He's the Virginia Republican who was unexpectedly defeated last Tuesday in a party primary.
Labrador says Americans don't think their leaders in Washington are listening to them.