BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Republican Congressman Raul Labrador involved himself in the fallout of failed Idaho legislation that would have brought the state into compliance with federal child support rules and an international treaty.
Labrador says he doesn’t have a position on the issue. However, the tea party-favorite told The Associated Press that he reviewed an April 12 editorial sent out by a key lawmaker after the vote.
State Rep. Lynn Luker of Boise says Labrador offered suggestions and edits to his opinion piece via email. Luker turned over more than 700 pages of emails and other documents to the AP in response to a records request, but the emails between Luker and Labrador were not included.
Luker says he had deleted those emails because they were sent from a private account.
The editorial defended the decision by Luker and eight other lawmakers to kill the bill, arguing that the federal government was bullying Idaho.