‘Cajun John Wayne’ is running for Congress

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UPDATE: It’s official. Captain Clay Higgins is running for the 3rd Congressional district seat that’s being vacated by current U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany. Boustany, whose district comprises Lafayette and Lake Charles, is running for the Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. David Vitter.

LAFAYETTE, La. (WGNO) – Capt. Clay Higgins, the outspoken former sheriff’s deputy from St. Landry Parish who made a name for himself as the “Cajun John Wayne,” is running for Congress.

Higgins was best known for producing Crime Stoppers videos for KATC-TV3 that went so viral that Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show said Higgins would make a good president.

According to his Facebook page, Higgins will announce on Wednesday evening that he’s running for office. He told KLAF in Lafayette that he will be running for either the 3rd District Congressional seat that covers Lafayette and Lake Charles – or the U.S. Senate seat that’s open because U.S. Sen. David Vitter said he’s not seeking re-election.

Higgins resigned from the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office in February after producing a video in which Higgins was armed with an assault rifle and told suspected gang members to meet him “on solid ground,” and that they “won’t walk away.”

The ACLU denounced the video and said the families of the suspected gang members were scared.

Higgins resigned after the St. Landry Parish sheriff told him to tone down the messages on the Crimestoppers videos.

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