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Some want Labrador to leave Congress while running for governor

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Posted at 11:29 AM, May 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-22 13:29:53-04

Like many states across the United States, Idaho doesn't have resign-to-run laws preventing office holders from dedicating time and resources to campaign for another position.

However, that's not stopping some state officials from asking U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador to leave Congress while he campaigns for the Idaho governor's seat.

House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding, a Democrat from Boise, says taxpayers should not subsidize Labrador's campaign. Erpelding added that he's pinpointing Labrador and not Lt. Gov. Brad Little -- who is also running for the top elected seat -- because it costs more to cover Labrador's travel. But some experts counter that such laws discourage candidates from running for public office.

Labrador's campaign did not immediately return a request for comment Monday.

Currently, just five states have enacted various resign-to-run laws: Georgia, Florida, Arizona, Hawaii and Texas.\

(by Associated Press)