An admitted pedophile who served 16 months in federal prison for threatening to assassinate the president of the United States can run for statewide office in Virginia thanks to former Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Nathan Larson is an independent congressional candidate in Virginia who admitted to HuffPost that he’s a pedophile who bragged in blog posts about raping his ex-wife and fantasized online about having sex with young children.
Larson is also a convicted felon who wouldn’t be eligible to run for statewide office in Virginia had McAuliffe not restored Larson’s rights to vote and run for statewide office in 2016.
A previous version of this article, citing the HuffPost report, inaccurately said that Larson would have been ineligible to run for Congress without McAuliffe’s clemency. Larson would still have been eligible to seek federal office, although not statewide office, without the clemency order.
He unsuccessfully ran for Virginia’s House of Delegates in 2017 — garnering less than two percent of the vote — thanks to McAuliffe.
Larson was sentenced to 16 months in prison in October 2009 for threatening to kill the president.
“I am writing to inform you that in the near future, I will kill the President of the United States of America,” Larson wrote in a Sept. 2008 email to the Secret Service. He then “laid out the reasons why he intended to kill the president and how he intended to carry out the assassination,” the Denver Post reported at the time of his conviction. The threat came at the end of former President George W. Bush’s second term.
Anyone convicted of a felony in Virginia automatically loses the rights to vote and run for statewide office. But McAuliffe restored those rights to tens of thousands of convicted felons in August 2016. And that included Larson, HuffPost first noted on Thursday.
Larson admitted to running a rape-obsessed pedophilia fantasy website, according to HuffPost. Larson claimed online that he had raped his ex-wife and “repeatedly expressed a desire to have sex with infants and children, including his own daughter,” HuffPost reported.
McAuliffe originally issued a blanket clemency order affecting 200,000 felons in April 2016. The state Supreme Court struck down McAuliffe’s order in July 2016, ruling that the governor’s blanket amnesty order exceeded his legal authority.
McAuliffe announced one month later that he was restoring the rights of 13,000 felons. The vice-chair of Virginia’s Board of Elections later told TheDCNF in Nov. 2016 that the true number of felons granted clemency was actually between 50,000 and 60,000. McAuliffe’s term ended in 2018. (RELATED: House Democrats Lie About Mueller Investigation In Fundraising Emails)
McAuliffe is widely thought to be positioning himself for a presidential campaign in 2020.
Correction: A previous version of this article, citing the HuffPost report, inaccurately said that Larson would have been ineligible to run for Congress if not for McAuliffe’s clemency order. Larson’s felony conviction rendered him ineligible to run for statewide office but he remained eligible to run for federal office. The Daily Caller News Foundation apologizes for the inaccuracy.
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