BOISE, Idaho (AP) – U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador casted a yes vote for Congress’ tax plan overhaul in Washington D.C. after missing several votes the day before to attend a gubernatorial campaign event in Idaho.
The Republican congressman attended the fundraiser Monday and then flew back east that night to make Tuesday’s vote.
Labrador’s campaign says the event was planned months in advance when Congress was not scheduled to be in session.
None of the votes missed Monday were of particular significance for Idaho. However, critics have noticed a slight uptick in missed votes for Labrador since he began running for governor.
Earlier this year, Labrador promised he could run a competitive statewide campaign while fulfilling his congressional duties.
Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist are running against Labrador in the Idaho GOP primary, which will take place in May.
Ahlquist’s campaign criticized Labrador’s decision to attend the fundraiser.