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Idaho’s Labrador predicts Boehner’s demise over immigration, may run himself

The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reports that Idaho’s two-term GOP Rep. Raul Labrador says his party needs new leaders and he “is not ruling out a run for leadership himself.”

Labrador told CQ Roll Call Tuesday that House Speaker John Boehner should lose his post if he brings immigration reform to the House floor this year.

“I think it should cost him his speakership,” Labrador told Roll Call’s Matt Fuller.

“There is a hunger in the conference for bold, visionary leaders, and this is not just conservatives — you talk to more middle-of-the-road members of the conference, they’re kind of frustrated with the direction of this leadership, and they’re looking for ways to change that,” Labrador told Roll Call.

Labrador, an immigration lawyer from Eagle, had been part of an eight-member group, four Republicans and four Democrats, working on immigration reform. But he withdrew over concerns about health benefits for undocumented residents and said President Obama couldn’t be trusted on the issue.

Labrador will likely face state Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, in the November general election.

The Roll Call story had two versions late Tuesday. The first story, published about 6 p.m. Eastern Time, was headlined, “Tea Party Member Predicts Boehner Will Lose Gavel.”

An hour later, Labrador was on the horn to editors. After reviewing reporter Fuller’s notes, Roll Call revised the story and changed the headline to “Is Boehner’s Gavel on the Line?”

Roll Call’s Christina Bellantoni wrote a lengthy column explaining what went wrong and detailing the paper’s edits.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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