More good press for Labrador: Post calls him ‘middleman for immigration reform’

In a long story in today’s Washington Post, Rep. Raul Labrador says he’s hoping for a face-to-face with President Obama and says he’s convinced skeptical constituents that reform is good for the Republican Party and the country.

“I think this is something they can live with,” Labrador told reporter Rosalind Helderman, who trailed Labrador to Idaho last week.  “I think the party’s ready for this. We just need visionary leaders who can explain it.”

Helderman likens Labrador to a House version of superstar Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio on the immigration issue and Labrador accepts the mantle, saying, “I just don’t think there’s a better person or voice in the House right now to deal with this issue.”

Labrador doesn’t yet have a meeting with Obama, but Helderman writes,  “the White House responded to his inquiry almost immediately and offered him a session with a policy staff member working on immigration. He views the response as a good start.”


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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