Former Republican state committee chair-elect joins LP to run for Congress in October special election

posted by Staff on September 12, 2013
Henry Herford - Libertarian for Congress, Louisiana 5th District
Henry Herford,
Libertarian for Congress,
Louisiana 5th District

Henry Herford Jr., famous among Ron Paul supporters and the former Louisiana Republican state committee chair-elect, is running for Congress as a Libertarian.

In 2012, he was knocked down by Shreveport, La., police acting on the orders of state GOP officials to block his talking.

“The Libertarians will say no to foreign aid, cut OSHA, and cut FEMA,” said Herford, a retired teacher who lives in Delhi, La., at the north end of the sprawling 5th Congressional District. “I want to be known as the first congressman elected who’s a member of a party that’s for cutting out things, not increasing them. Everyone wants to go to the government and create another agency. But we’ve maxed out the credit card.”

As part of his campaign, he is seeking to abolish the IRS and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as repeal Obamacare, the Patriot Act, and the National Defense Authorization Act’s language pertaining to indefinite detention. According to the Herford for Congress campaign website, he also wants to “bring the troops home from unconstitutional and unnecessary overseas wars and deployments” and decriminalize marijuana federally while allowing states to regulate the drug.

Herford is running in a special election made possible by the surprise retirement of Republican Rep. Rodney Alexander, who announced on Aug. 6 that he would step down. The special election is set for Oct. 19. If none of the 14 candidates who have qualified for the ballot is able to win more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff with the top two vote-getters will be held on Nov. 16.

Voter turnout in off-year elections is typically low, with 20 percent at most expected to vote. With the support of libertarians and disaffected conservatives, Herford says he could make it to a runoff against Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo, a Democrat who is likely to secure most of the black vote that makes up about one third of the district’s population.

“The potential is there — I’m not a paper candidate,” he said.

Campaigning across the district — which encompasses all or part of 24 of the state’s 64 parishes.

Herford had been trying to take his rightful place as chairman of the Republican state convention after supporters of presidential hopeful Ron Paul were elected to fill 61 percent of the delegate slots.

But ousted GOP officials called in police to remove him when Herford was elected chairman of the convention on a voice vote and rose to speak.

“I’m running for my four daughters’ future, and for everybody else’s future,” said Herford. “The future of America rests with the Libertarian Party. The other two parties have bankrupted this country.”

20 thoughts on “Former Republican state committee chair-elect joins LP to run for Congress in October special election

  1. Krzysztof Lesiak Post author

    Why are they so many delusional people in third parties? I would be surprised if he breaks 5%.

    I’m saying this objectively. I would vote for this guy if I was in the district. But he’s not going to win. He’s not even going to come close. The world just doesn’t work that way. Third parties don’t win federal elections.

  2. Jed Siple

    I’d rather the candidate talks about trying to win, though. I don’t want to vote for someone who says “I can’t win”.

  3. Krzysztof Lesiak Post author


    Then those candidates are lying through their fucking teeth.

    I’m honestly getting sick this garbage. Don’t lie to naive first-timers claiming that you’re going to win. That’s called being a dishonest piece of shit.

  4. Jill Pyeatt

    If you’re so negative about 3rd parties, Chris, I guess I don’t understand why you’re hanging out here on IPR.

  5. johnO

    Maybe Mr. Lesiak is more Republican than he thinks. He may write for RedState, Michelle Malkin, and/or Club for Growth. However, his swearing will have to go.

  6. DSZ

    3rd parties and independents can and do win Senate and Gubernatorial elections because state lines aren’t gerrymandered like Congressional districts. That’s why Charles Wheelan’s centrist movement aims at the Senate since real change ain’t gonna happen in districts that can be redrawn.

  7. Robert Capozzi

    The more effective test of delusionalism is: Does HH believe there is cult of the omnipotent state to challenge? Whether he might win pales in comparison.

  8. Krzysztof Lesiak Post author


    How is lying a good thing?

    I hate when candidates lie. Third party candidates who claim they are going to win are LYING. I’m sorry, but there’s no other way to cut it.

    I’m hanging out for entertainment purposes. And I like IPR. It’s a great site.

    I want to be the one person on the outside looking in. Like I’ve said time and time again, too many third party folks are delusional.

  9. Krzysztof Lesiak Post author


    I’m a Ron Paul Republican, goddamnit! Fuck all those aforementioned people/groups.


    Swearing has to go? Nah.

  10. Jed Siple

    Fuck censorship. Swearing stays.

    When I was considering running, my thing was: talk about winning, and that should of course be the ultimate goal, but realistically anything over 5% is a good thing.

    Some of us actually do hold out hope that we’ll be the first Libertarian elected to congress. I’m sorry you find that either a lie or delusion, Krzysztof. I still like you though. 🙂

  11. Krzysztof Lesiak Post author


    Thanks. I appreciate that. 🙂 I do want a Libertarian to win, too. I should make that clear more often. The LP aligns with me perfectly in terms of ideology. But I’ve poured over countless of election results, and realistically…

  12. Jed Siple

    I get that. Really, I do. But to me, the notion of only having two political parties, neither of which represents me, is insulting. I feel good about voting for third party candidates, no matter whether they can win or not.

    But do your thing, dude.

  13. George Whitfield

    I have sent Henry Herford a donation and hopes that he gets into the runoff and then wins.

  14. Antirevolutionary

    Chris, we’re pretty much opposite ideologically except on pro-life, war and drug legalization, but you have the right idea on third parties. Still they’re entertaining aren’t they? I’ve been hanging out here and on our predecessor site TPW for about 6 years now. My first couple years I lshed out at the Greens and Ralph Nader for being delusional and costing the Dems the election. Now I’ve matured a bit (hopefully). I think this guy Henry probably should have ran as a Republican, since Louisiana is a runoff state, but since he is a Libertarian and there is a runoff, Republicans can vote for him without worrying about it helping the Democrat.

  15. Jed Siple

    You’re assuming, of course, that those Nader & Green voters would vote Democrat otherwise. I voted for Nader in ’08. There was no way I would have ever voted for McCain or Obama. I am never going to vote for a major party candidate unless it’s someone I REALLY believe in.

  16. NewFederalist

    I agree with Jed completely. I never vote for someone I don’t want. Even with the presence of alternative candidates from which to select I sometimes still do not cast my vote in any particular race. I find the “lesser of two evils” argument just as uncompelling as “send them a message.”

  17. paulie

    I don’t see where he said he could win. He said the potential is there to get into the runoff. That’s called putting a positive spin on it, not being delusional.

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