A man who threatened the life of former President Barack Obama, and who spent 16 months in prison for those threats, is planning a run for political office in Virginia.
Nathan Daniel Larson, an ex-felon whose voting rights were restored by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, has collected the necessary number of signatures needed to run for Virginia’s House of Delegates, according to local officials.
Larson has many controversial stances that he’s touting during his candidacy. He’s made headlines, for example, for stating his beliefs that women shouldn’t be allowed to vote.
“I think women want male leadership, and so men have to be strong,” he said, adding, “Men have to take the stances they believe are right, and women will respect that..” Larson has also suggested that men should be allowed to marry their daughters, if they want to do so.
In 2009, shortly after Obama assumed office, Larson sent an email to the Secret Service explaining his desire to kill the president. As a result, he was arrested, pleaded guilty, and served 16 months in prison for his crime.
The extremist candidate describes himself as a Libertarian. In response, the Libertarian Party in Virginia has taken a firm stance against Larson, stating that, “There’s no chance he’ll be running with this party.”
Larson, for his part, is taking the spurn in stride, saying he’ll run as an independent if no other party accepts him.
“If you’re independent, it just means you’re the one who’s running an experimental campaign,” Larson said. “Sometimes it may mean you’re ahead of your time.
Chris Walker has been writing about political issues for the past decade, including for sites such as Elite Daily, AMERICAblog, and Mic. You can follow him on Twitter @thatchriswalker.