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‘This Is a Place That Just Sucks Your Soul’

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In an exit interview with Politico Magazine, the congressman says he is glad to be escaping a “broken” Congress and the “hypocrites” in his own party. But Labrador, harnessing a resentment toward Washington that was just beginning to percolate in the base, upset Ward in the primary and easily dispatched Minnick in the general election. This was the top-down system Boehner had inherited, Labrador argues, and most of the rank-and-file Republicans abided for a simple reason: The leadership used it to shield vulnerable members from taking hazardous votes.

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