Republican 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador today announced his re-election bid on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol. Armed with leaflets, a Mac spewing John Mellencamp's "R.O.C.K. in the USA," supporters assembled, donning red "Labrador for Idaho" stickers.
"That 43rd star shone just a little brighter every day Raul was working," said Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. "It's important we have a voice that's loud and clear."
While many in the crowd signified they agreed, including the audience behind Labrador, which included almost every Republican member of the Legislature, some did not. Members of Occupy Boise and the "Add the Words" campaign turned out to hold signs and banners for their causes.
Rep. Ken Andrus, Lava Hot Springs Republican, wasn't happy about the protesters.
"It's a total lack of respect," Rep. Andrus told Occupier Richard Morgan. "It's absolutely terrible what you're doing. You're just trying to get in the limelight."
Morgan and another occupier continued to stand near the event, which had ended, holding their "Occupy Boise" banner.
"I don't think it's disrespectful at all," Young told Boise Weekly. "I'm a registered Republican. I actually voted Labrador in last time. It's not about Republican or Democrat."
"Add the Words" supporters, who backed a bill protecting gay and lesbian Idahoans, turned out as well. Last week, the Senate State Affairs committee killed it; the protesters assembled with signs reprimanding Caldwell Republican Sen. John McGee for his statements after the bill failed in committee.
"You mean someone can be fired for being gay?" asked a Labrador supporter of "Add the Words" spokeswoman Mistie Tolman. She told him they could.
"Well, why don't they fire all the Republicans then?" asked the Labrador supporter.