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Why We Changed Our Labrador Story | Newsroom Confidential

We asked Matt to send the relevant portion of his transcript, which you can find below. After reviewing it, we decided we had interpreted the context incorrectly and that our lede and headline were indeed wrong. So we opted to buck our deadlines for the print edition and rework the piece. That’s what’s posted online now and what will appear in the print editions of Roll Call on Wednesday.

Here’s the biggest change we made to the story.

Original:

But Labrador doesn’t see Boehner as speaker in the 114th.

“I don’t think so,” he said.

Labrador described Boehner with words and phrases such as “pragmatic” and a “steady hand” and as someone who “understands how Washington works.” But Labrador said he doesn’t think the Ohio Republican can change who he is.

“And what I respect about him is that I don’t think he wants to change who he is — that’s actually something to be lauded,” Labrador said. But Labrador intimated that doesn’t mean he’s right for the job.

New lede:

Speaker John A. Boehner should lose his gavel if he pursues immigration this year, a prominent tea party Republican said in an interview with CQ Roll Call on Tuesday.

“I think it should cost him his speakership,” Rep. Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho warned, if Boehner puts an immigration overhaul on the floor.

But even if Boehner shelves immigration, Labrador said, the party needs new leadership — and the two-term lawmaker is not ruling out a run for leadership himself.

New section:

But does Labrador see Boehner as speaker in the 114th?

Labrador described Boehner with words and phrases such as “pragmatic” and a “steady hand” and as someone who “understands how Washington works.” But Labrador said he doesn’t think the Ohio Republican is interested in transforming himself.

“And what I respect about him is that I don’t think he wants to change who he is — that’s actually something to be lauded,” Labrador said. But Labrador intimated that doesn’t mean he’s right for the job.

CQ Roll Call asked whether Boehner can re-create himself once again.

“I don’t think so,” Labrador said.

As for Cantor: “I think he could provide that bold leadership, but he needs to be more open about it, more direct about what direction he wants to go.”

Labrador called CQ Roll Call after an earlier version of this story was posted to stress that he was not predicting Boehner would lose his job, but he said his gut tells him Boehner will not seek another term as speaker. He declined to rule out a run but said he has given no thought to running for speaker.

Thanks to the speed-of-light political echo chamber, the link is already out there, so changing the URL does not fix the problem, which is why it remains with words from the original headline.

So there you have it.

It sucks. I hate it, especially just two weeks into the job.

But it’s more important to us to be accurate and reflect what was said. The Republican did not “predict” Boehner would lose his gavel. We regret that our story reflected that, even briefly.

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