Labrador lauds Labrador on top conservative rankings

Idaho’s 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador is celebrating his high marks from three conservative groups: American Conservative Union, Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity.

“I came here to change the way Washington runs and promised Idahoans I would fight in Congress for free markets, limited government and civil liberties,” Labrador said in a news release Monday afternoon. “I am proud to be recognized by these leading conservative organizations because they indicate I am doing exactly what I told my constituents I would do in Washington.”

The entire release follows:

Congressman Labrador Earns Top Conservative Praise

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Idaho First District Congressman Raúl Labrador was recognized by various organizations based on his voting record on key conservative principles. Congressman Labrador issued the following statement for earning the American Conservative Union Ratings Award for a 96% score in 2012, the Club for Growth’s Defender of Economic Freedom award for a 98% in 2012, and a 100% from Americans for Prosperity in its final scorecard for the 112th Congress:

“I am honored that my voting record in the previous session of Congress has been recognized with high scores by the American Conservative Union, the Club for Growth, and Americans for Prosperity. I came here to change the way Washington runs and promised Idahoans I would fight in Congress for free markets, limited government and civil liberties. I am proud to be recognized by these leading conservative organizations because they indicate I am doing exactly what I told my constituents I would do in Washington. I will continue to fight because we continue to need a less intrusive federal government and a stronger, greater commitment to free enterprise and liberty. With every vote I cast, the values we hold as Idahoans are at the forefront of my mind.”

Background:

The American Conservative Union annual awards honors only to those Members of the House and Senate who score in the top twenty percent on a wide range of fiscal and social issues. The American Conservative Union scored Congressman Labrador with a 96.00% in 2012, up from 95.83% in 2011.

The Club for Growth publishes an annual scorecard quantifying the voting behavior of Members of Congress on economic growth issues. Those lawmakers scoring 90 or higher in 2012 – and who also have a lifetime score of 90 or higher – receive the Defender of Economic Freedom award. The Club for Growth scored Congressman Labrador with a 98% in 2012.

Americans for Prosperity is a grassroots organization committed to smaller government and economic freedom, and ranks voting records for Members of Congress consistent with those principles. Americans for Prosperity scored Congressman Labrador with 100% in 2012 and 2011, a perfect score for the 112th Congress.

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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