Steve King Stokes Old Feud With Raul Labrador
Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID) has just announced his intention to run for House Majority Leader, but he already has made a few enemies in the house for his support for some kind of immigration reform.
Just hours before Labrador's announcement, King took a shot on him on Twitter for supporting amnesty.
“Labrador is pro amnesty,” King wrote. “If not this year, he has strongly advocated for amnesty next year. No fair trying to redefine amnesty.”
After Labrador announced, King posted another note on Twitter.
“Wanted: Applicants for Majority Leader, US House who have record opposing amnesty. Come see me. 2nd Request. No qualified applicants, yet,” he wrote.
In early 2013, Labrador raised eyebrows among anti-amnesty Republicans after he made a series of immigration proposals.
“Anything we do is going to be called amnesty by any number of people. The reality is that we have to do something about the people that are here; we’ve got to figure out how to do it fairly, so we can solve the immigration problem,” Labrador explained to Roll Call.
But King has other reasons for opposing Labrador.
When the vocal anti-amnesty Iowan made his controversial comments about immigrants with “calves the size of cantaloupes” in July 2013, Labrador was quick to call the comment “reprehensible and irresponsible.”
"You have an entire committee except for Steve King that were very positive in their comments and all you guys can do is fan the flame of one person making a reprehensible and irresponsible comment," Labrador said, criticizing the media for their obsessive coverage of the issue. “So I think, shame on you. Shame on the media for only concentrating on that aspect of it."