PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA- Eight years after he emailed the Secret Service and threatened to kill then President Barack Obama, Nathan Daniel Larson is now out of prison, equipped with enough signatures in at least one county to run for the House of Delegates.
A federal judge sentenced Larson to 16 months in prison with three years of supervised release. After Larson served time behind bars and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored his voting rights, the convicted felon decided early this year to run for a seat in the Commonwealth’s lower chamber.
In Virginia, voting rights are lost upon conviction of a felony. Eligibility to vote is a requirement to run for public office in the state.
Larson intends to run for Virginia’s 31st House District, an area encompassing Prince William and Fauquier Counties. Fauquier election officials confirmed Monday Larson exceeded the threshold of signatures needed to have his name on the November ballot.
But Larson’s past may not be the most unusual or unsettling aspect of his campaign. The self-proclaimed libertarian proposes the suppression of women’s rights, including the right to vote.
“I think women want male leadership, and so men have to be strong,” Larson said in an interview Monday. “Men have to take the stances they believe are right, and women will respect that.”
Larson confirmed he also advocates the belief that fathers should be able to marry their daughters. In his view, fathers have a greater interest in taking care of their offspring, as opposed to men who marry into the family.
When asked about his views on women in politics, Larsen said “I prefer Donald Trump to Hilary Clinton”
Larson plans to run as an independent candidate after state Libertarians expel him later this month. Official certification for candidates without party affiliations happens June 13, with election officials reporting Larson at this point only needs to file financial disclosure forms.
“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.”