By Elaine Magliaro
Cristina Marcos and Lucy Feickert reported earlier this evening that Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)–arguably the wing-nuttiest politician serving in the US House of Representatives–informed The Hill that he is considering a run for president in 2016. Marcos and Feickert said Gohmert had indicated that “he might launch an exploratory committee for president when originally asked if he would support Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) White House bid.”
The representative from Texas said, “Ted is a good friend and would be an outstanding President; however, I haven’t ruled out an exploratory committee myself.”
Charles Pierce once said that Gohmert was “perhaps the dumbest mammal to enter a legislative chamber since Caligula’s horse.” Gohmert, who is a frequent guest on Fox News, “is known around the Capitol for his lengthy, extemporaneous speeches to a usually empty House chamber on weekly basis.” According to Marcos and Feickert, he “logged the most speaking time on the House floor last year out of any other lawmaker: a whopping 29 hours.”
Louie G. is also known for the various and sundry subjects that he has talked about in the legislative chamber and during committee meetings. Over the years, those subjects have included bestiality, necrophilia, terrorist babies, and the sex lives of caribou.
Right Wing Nut Louie Gohmert Announces Run for Speaker
The Texas Republican was not successful in his bid to become Speaker of the House. He “accrued just three votes during the Speaker election — from himself as well as Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Randy Weber (R-Texas).”
I doubt Gohmert would fare better in a run for the presidency–but it is amusing trying to imagine him as president of the United States.
According to Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune, Louie Gohmert is not considering a run for the presidency. She said one of the representative’s aide’s clarified remarks that he had made to The Hill. The aide said that Gohmert was kidding.
“Washington D.C. contains too many who do not recognize statements made with a figurative tongue in cheek, sometimes known as being ironic,” said an email from Gohmert’s office.
“To more completely describe his actual beliefs, Congressman Gohmert notes the Kennedy-Nixon debates created a line of demarcation beyond which television became the critical factor in being elected President which also meant there would be no more bald Presidents in his lifetime.”
Livingston added that while a Gohmert presidential run in 2016 would possibly delight “journalists eager to chronicle his unique political arc, a Gohmert presidential campaign would likely have a nominal effect on the rest of the GOP field. While known as one of the most conservative federal officeholders, Gohmert would have competition for that mantle in a presidential contest with candidates like Cruz.”
Rep. Gohmert weighing presidential bid (The Hill)