In a stunning announcement, State GOP Chair Raul Labrador has announced that he will not seek re-election.
The Press Release does not mention why Labrador decided not to run again. Labrador was chosen as the Chairman at the state central committee meeting in the summer of 2019 when Chairman Jonathan Parker resigned amid criminal accusations.
Prior to running for State GOP Chair, Labrador was a 4-term Congressman. He then lost a 3-way gubernatorial race with Governor Little and Tommy Ahlquist.
His announcement may come as a surprise to many Republicans.
Here is the entirely of Labrador’s statement:
I’m announcing that I will not be running for reelection as Chairman of the Idaho Republican Party. I have been honored to lead the Party during this difficult and unprecedented time. I’m grateful to the Party staff who have put in countless hours trying to serve you.
It has been gratifying to work with all of you to make our Party stronger and more unified. I look forward to continuing to share my vision for Idaho and do everything in my power to Keep Idaho Red!
The announcement does not mention why Labrador is not running and what he intends to do in the future.
Labrador’s replacement will be chosen at the State GOP Convention taking place from June 25th to June 27th.
The Idaho Republican Party State Convention is where national delegates are chosen, the party platform is voted on, party leadership is chosen, and a number of resolutions will be considered.
It is unclear at this time who will be running to take Chairman Labrador’s place.
The Idaho Democrat Party recently held part of their state convention where they elected delegates to the national convention. The remainder of the Idaho Democrat State Convention will take place on August 28th and 29th where they will adopt their state party platform.
UPDATE: Bonneville County Republican Chairman Mark Fuller has announced his intention to run for State GOP Chairman.
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