Congress is the word we hear, at least. The press conference is a definite thing. Higgins just announced it via an email press release.
Lafayette Deputy Marshal Captain Clay Higgins will be hosting a press conference at 7pm on Wednesday May 18th. The event will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn near the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana. Both the press and the public are invited.
Speculation has swirled about a potential run for office after Higgins released an internet video on May 3rd discussing national politics. The video currently has over 3.5 million views online. In the video, Captain Higgins proclaims that “the elected and appointed elitist few who have seized power in Washington have squandered our wealth, mortgaged our children’s future and betrayed our trust.”
In a recent interview with KLAF, Higgins told reporter Chris Welty that he is considering a run for either congress or senate. Sen. David Vitter recently announced his retirement, leaving his seat vacated. Congressman Charles Boustany, who currently represents the Acadiana region in congress, has announced that he will run for Vitter’s open seat.
“The very essence of our country is threatened and career politicians can’t fix it. America needs real Patriots in DC,” said Higgins. The Hilton Garden Inn is located at 2530 W. Congress Street in Lafayette, LA.
If you haven’t seen his video, here it is. If it’s got 3.5 million views online they’re not on YouTube – says here it’s got 126,000 views…
It’s pretty good stuff. Lays it on a bit thick with the politicians as “thieves in suits,” though. If that’s what politicians are, and a week or two after you put that out you’re announcing that you’re going to run for Congress, doesn’t that make you an aspiring thief in a suit?
Don’t get us wrong, we like Higgins and if he wants to run for the 3rd District seat we have no objection to it. We’ve soured on conservative “celebrities” running for office, though, as it’s clear a whole lot of them are basically charlatans running a racket.
Hopefully that’s not what Higgins is. The 3rd District race is already pretty crowded on the GOP side; you’ve got three businessmen and a former diplomat in the mix against a Public Service Commissioner who ran for governor last year, and it remains to be seen if any of the four current opponents to Scott Angelle is capable of getting a message out that will make him viable in the race – though each of the four has a resume that looks like it would qualify him to serve.
Higgins may have the message and the name recognition to get it out, but if he doesn’t have any substance behind it and he’s just a guy trading on a YouTube reputation to run for office then maybe this isn’t such a great idea. It’s not 2010 anymore, after all, and we really don’t have time for empty red-meat rhetoric and anti-politician rants by people who have all the same bad motivations they accuse the incumbents of.
Hopefully Higgins is better than that. Hopefully he’ll show that he actually knows the issues and can speak intelligently to them. We really don’t need a dumbed-down congressional campaign to go with the mess at the top of the ballot.