Nathan Larson, a Catlett accountant and self-described “red pill Libertarian” who announced his candidacy for state delegate this week, was convicted in 2009 for “threatening the president of United States,” according to court documents.
Larson pleaded guilty in May 2009 to charges related to emails he sent the U.S. Secret Service in December 2008, stating, “I am writing to inform you that in the near future, I will kill the president of the United States of America,” according to an October 2009 press release issued by the United States Attorney’s Office in Colorado.
Larson, 36, was living in Boulder, Colorado, at the time of his arrest.
When the email was sent from Larson’s home, representatives of the U.S. Secret Service were dispatched to interview him. Larson told them he “stood by what he said, and that he was serious about carrying out his threat,” the press release said.
Larson took no action on the threat, but was nonetheless arrested by federal authorities and immediately detained, the court records said.
Larson was sentenced in October 2009 to 16 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release, the press release said.
During the sentencing hearing, Larson’s defense attorney noted that Larson expressed remorse for the email and explained his intent in making the threats was mostly to promote his unconventional political views.
After serving his sentence, Larson moved to Catlett to live with his parents and work as a contract accountant.
He announced his candidacy for the 31st District delegate’s seat last week on what he called an “anti-feminist platform.”
Larson’s candidacy came under fire almost immediately, however, from the Libertarian Party of Virginia, which disavowed itself from his platform shortly after Larson launched his campaign website.
Larson’s candidacy will apparently not be affected by his felony conviction because his voting rights were restored in January 2017, though an executive action of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, according to Fauquier County Registrar Alex Ables.
According to Virginia Code, candidates need only to be registered voters to qualify to run for elected office.
“As long as the appropriate officials at the state level are telling me his rights have been restored, I have to assume his rights have been restored,” Ables said.
McAuliffe (D) moved to restore the voting rights of 200,000 convicted felons across the state last year, only to be told by the Virginia Supreme Court that a blanket restoration was unconstitutional.
In response, McAuliffe sought to restore voting rights to felons who had paid their debt to society on an individual basis, noting that such a restoration is routine in many other states.
Ables said the restoration of rights allows residents to vote, run for office and serve as notaries public, if they so choose.
Prior to the revelation of Larson’s past conviction, critics focused on his platform to “restore, defend and strengthen” families by doing such things as abolishing Virginia’s Child Protective Services and restraining orders to instead require victims to report domestic violence and neglect to police. Larson said such changes would better ensure due process rights of the accused.
Larson also posits that young women should be discouraged from going to college, saying their “potential, in many respects, is wasted when they devote their years of peak beauty and fertility [by] attending college … instead of marrying a good provider and bearing children.”
Bo Brown, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Virginia, said his party would neither nominate nor endorse Larson’s effort to unseat Del. Scott Lingamfelter, a Republican, from the 31st District seat.
Rather, the party was considering a motion to expel Larson from the party altogether, Larson said.
“Some of those stances go beyond the extreme and are not even acceptable to anyone in the public he would represent,” Brown said. “Those types of ideas are not in line at all with the Libertarian party.”
According to Colorado news reports, Larson has had some personal experience with family courts.
In 2015, Larson was involved in a legal battle with his former in-laws for custody of his now 2-year-old daughter, who was born after he became estranged from his first wife.
Larson reportedly admitted in written correspondence to his former spouse, who committed suicide, that he harbored some sexual attraction to both children and adults.
According to the Colorado Springs Independent, a jury ruled against Larson’s efforts to gain custody of his daughter.
Among Larson’s controversial views, which are detailed on his campaign website, is an argument that the possession and distribution of child pornography “should be legalized.”
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