Republican Rep. Raul Labrador said Wednesday he will not run for Idaho governor.
The second-term congressman said he is making a difference in Washington with the deficit cut in half since he came to the House. He wants to stay where he is having influence.
He still wasn’t ready to endorse Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, who already has announced he plans to seek re-election in 2014.
“Butch Otter could do a better job,” Labrador said. “Hopefully with the leadership of the legislature they can do a better job.”
He said he wants to talk to Otter now that they are not viewed as competitors. He had one issue he thinks is important.
“I think we are suffering because our tax rates are too high,” he said.
Labrador, 45, is serving his seventh year in public office, four years in the Idaho House and 2 1/2 in the U.S. House. Otter, 71, has been continuously in statewide or federal elected office — lieutenant governor, 1st District congressman and governor — for 26 years. Otter also served four years in the Idaho House in the 1970s.