U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, the Tea Party’s Shining Knight, will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Meridian City Hall. Please show up with video cameras (he loves speaking in front of those!) and ask him to explain himself.
Why did Labrador vote against Idaho Farmer’s by helping to sink the Farm Bill? Does he know that Idaho crops and livestock brought in an estimated $7.7 billion in sales in 2012?
Why did Labrador twice vote against funding for the Idaho National Laboratory? Does he know that INL accounts for 8,000 direct jobs and 24,000 indirect jobs? Now, granted, these aren’t the low-paying, minimum wage jobs that Idaho’s Governor brags about, but still, doesn’t Labrador think Idahoans deserve a Congressman who will use his power to help them put food on the table?
Why did Labrador torpedo immigration reform by backing out of the Gang of Eight? Does he really expect us to believe that he is serious about solving this long-standing, vexing issue by taking a “my way or the highway” stance? Does he really expect us to believe that by serving his pals at the Club for Growth, that he is also serving his constituents?
Ask Labrador why, in 2010, he voted to let our country go into default causing the first ever credit downgrade in America? Ask him why he thought it was fine to let us plunge over the fiscal cliff a year later? Ask him why he thinks he is serving us by refusing to do the hard work of 1) working with fellow Republicans, and 2) working with Democratic peers?
And, while you’re at it, ask Labrador why he doesn’t support collaboration efforts, such as Sen. Crapo’s Clearwater Basin Collaborative, which sits competing interests down at the same table to work out land management decisions on federal forests? Ask him how important it is to him and his family that they get to keep public access to public lands. Ask him if he ever fishes, or hunts, or hikes, or rafts, or hunts huckleberries in the public lands? Ask him if his life will change when all the good places are private and surrounded by No Trespassing signs?
Labrador doesn’t act like it, but he is Idaho’s representative in the U.S. Congress. Ask him why he puts his Tea Party first and Idaho last.