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Raul Labrador doesn’t understand what makes Idaho such a wonderful place to live. The vast amount of open undeveloped public land and crisp clean trout streams that my tax dollars help protect are why I live in Idaho. Idaho is a sportsman’s dream, and I don’t want to see that changed in any way.

However, as a representative, Raul Labrador has repeatedly revealed that he does not have sportsmen — a huge part of Idaho’s residents and tourists — in mind. He consistently pushes bills that would give resource-extraction companies more decision-making power regarding public land than expert scientists, BLM managers, ranchers and sportsmen who live here.

Labrador has supported bills that would have eliminated federal law enforcement’s abilities to manage federal land. They, by the way, are members of our communities in which we live, not the D.C. thugs Labrador would like us to think they are. Federal employees live in our neighborhoods, go to our churches, and have kids in our schools.

Labrador has co-sponsored and supported bills that would have gradually sold off public land or opened them up for expanded mining and drilling without review processes and with little oversight. Regardless of what little income would be gained from allowing more mining projects that pollute Idaho’s waters, it would be a drop-in-the-bucket compared to what Idaho would lose economically and morally if our recreation industry and rugged outdoor way-of-life was degraded at the hands of Big Oil and other corporations.

If Raul has tried to undermine sportsmen as a representative, what makes anyone think he won’t try to do the same as governor. Idaho sportsmen, do not vote Raul Labrador for the Idaho gubernatorial ticket.

Dustin Henkelmann



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