CAPITOL GAINS: At Home with Clay

“This is what America wants to see.”

That was the promise from a beer-toting Congressman Clay Higgins in this episode of Capitol Gains.

And, yeah, it’s indeed a must-see video! 

With three guns (at least) and five dogs nearby, the man known as the Cajun John Wayne filled up an ice chest, lit the grill on his Port Barre porch and told us to start filming.

What happened? Well, the congressman kicked a few back and discussed kung fu, the “thousands of fights” he has been in, what he eats on the Hill, the pain of politics, the joys of country living, the pitfalls of money and how he coped with the deaths of his wife, child and father, who all passed within a three-year period.

Here are a few excerpts…

— On death threats: “I’ve had all kinds of threats. The front of my house is bullet proof, bruh. I don’t ever sit out here without my M4 and my Glock… I’m carrying as well. I’m always armed.”

“I never really pushed it. You’re required, congressionally, if you receive threats, you have to turn that into Capitol police. Cuz sh*t can happen. Look at what happened with the baseball field last year. So, you have to turn in threats.”

“One of the guys is bad enough he’s in jail. He’s a jihadist guy. And the Capitol Police pursued and the DOJ picked it up and that guy is in jail right now, man. In Lafayette, pending federal trial. They found him in Colorado. He had run to Colorado. I didn’t really push that either.”

“It has reached a new level. Used to be just criminals that hated me. Now it’s Democrats too.”

— Higgins said he invented his own fighting style, know in English as “The Way of the Spirit Fists.” The congressman said it takes from White Crain Kung Fu, Taekwondo and western boxing. “There was something happening with the best techniques of every style that involved circles and energy and sort of the connecting energies in martial arts through the earth. It’s some out there stuff, right?”

“I was very into Chinese medicine and healing and acupuncture and acupressure and herbs,” Higgins said, reflecting on his late 20s. “I was completely anti-Western medicine at the time."

— Commenting that he never actively sought to become a congressman: “I mean, look how I live. Congressmen don’t live like this, you know. Congressmen don’t live in 65-year-old, 1,000-square foot houses, man.”

— The congressman said his last amateur fight was in 2016; it was a boxing match for the “Battle of the Badges” event. Higgins lost by a decision, but it was supposedly just one of his many encounters inside the ring — and out. “I’ve been in thousands of fights. There’s martial arts, sparring or cop stuff, like really actually trying to survive fights.”

— On losing his wife, child and father, all within the same three years: “God drug me through that, because… I was certainly just not the man that I man now, bruh. And God had given me these great burdens… and somehow or another he drug me through it.”

— On being appointed to the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Oversight: “I thought for a minute it was a prank. Because, man, there’s no way the chairman of Science Space Technology is coming to ask me to be on his committee!”

“I can’t be corrupted, man. Washington can’t corrupt me. I left money. God has prepared me for this service.”

“I’m a decent man, now, bruh. I feel pretty good about where I am with my life and my walk with Christ and my relationship with my wife. D.C. can’t touch that.”

“I’m not anti-money. You understand? I’m a Republican, man, not anti-money by any means.”

— On negative attacks: “There has been a lot of pain brought upon my family that has been very injurious, man. Horrible things — lies, lies, lies, spoken by liars, woven from fabrics of liars — about me and my family that were very hurtful.”

— Regarding those who chose to label him as one-dimensional when he first ran for Congress: “These people didn’t know I had a large vocabulary and I spoke two languages and I can virtually quote the Constitution. I’ve been fascinated by history all of my life. I’m a prodigious reader. I’ve read thousands of books.” (Higgins said he speaks English and Spanish.)

— On Speaker Paul Ryan: “My observation is, personally, I think Speaker Ryan, if he intends to not seek office after this year and he intends to vacate the position, I think I’d like to see that happen in May, not after the midterms.”

— Clay Higgins, offering an assessment of Clay Higgins: “A man that’s perhaps more than people know and less than I hope to become.”

This one-hour episode of Capitol Gains likewise features Higgins dishing on his financial standing in D.C., explaining the way he handled animal cruelty cases as a cop and revealing how he became a Kentucky colonel.

The congressman likewise talks about how he copes with being the “YouTube” guy, why he won’t go back into law enforcement and what his re-election campaign will look like this year.

Plus, he offers brief assessments on Gov. John Bel Edwards, President Donald Trump, the U.S. Congress and the Louisiana Legislature.

You can watch the entire episode in the video above on this page, or enjoy it on Vimeo and YouTube.

SPONSORED: LPCA Hold 35th Annual Conference

TPG’s client Louisiana Primary Care Association (LPCA) held their 35th Annual Conference last week at the Shreveport Convention Center. LPCA

The Tuesday Tracker Sponsored By Harris, DeVille & Associates

October 16, 2018 — Issue No. 161 By Jeremy Alford (JJA@LaPolitics.com) & Mitch Rabalais (Mitch@LaPolitics.com) (Printable

CORRECTION (LaPolitics Weekly 10.12.18)

In a “Field Notes” brief from yesterday’s LaPolitics Weekly, we erroneously reported that the Plaquemines Parish Council voted 4-3 to remove

The WEDNESDAY Tracker, Sponsored By Harris DeVille & Associates

October 10, 2018 — Issue No. 160 By Jeremy Alford (JJA@LaPolitics.com) & Mitch Rabalais (Mitch@LaPolitics.com) RISPONE IS IN Fast

SPONSORED: Bike MS + Team Blu Collar = Success

It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you work as a team, focused on one goal and motivating each other to succeed. On October 6 and

SPONSORED: The Picard Group

TUESDAY TRACKER (For Oct. 2!)

October 2, 2018 — Issue No. 159 By Jeremy Alford (JJA@LaPolitics.com) & Mitch Rabalais (Mitch@LaPolitics.com)  IT AIN’T

SPONSORED: Honoring Former Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco

The Picard Group was honored to attend the Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center gala on Friday, September 21, supporting UL

SPONSORED: Franco-Fête 2018 Fundraising Luncheon For Scholarship Program Of CODOFIL

Each year, Franco-Fête raises funds to support French education in Louisiana, especially through La Fondation Louisiane’s “Escadrille

The Tuesday Tracker (Sponsored By Harris DeVille & Associates)

September 18, 2018 — Issue No. 158 By Jeremy Alford (JJA@LaPolitics.com) & Mitch Rabalais

CAPITOL GAINS: Does Louisiana need a lieutenant governor?

You’ve really need to watch this interview. From being mistaken for Coach O and fielding attacks from fellow Republicans, to why John

SPONSORED: The Picard Group

A Rare WEDNESDAY Tracker!

Five questions for JBJ at 86, a giveaway contest, forgotten history, AG versus JBE, more "Chatter" and some rather important birthdays (no

SPONSORED: Successful LegisGator Event Honors Lawmakers

On August 24, more than 800 legislators, business leaders, supporters, lobbyists, and others involved in the political realm gathered at

SWAMPERS & SWORDS: Alford’s late summer’s ode to Louisiana’s cities, towns, & villages

SWAMPERS & SWORDS Alford’s late summer’s ode to Louisiana's cities, towns, & villages IF YOU’RE GOING TO DIVE into a review

Rabalais’ Political History: Wade O. Martin & the creation of the modern SOS office

In 1956, an epic power struggle between two political giants forever changed the scope of statewide elected offices in Louisiana. The

ALFORD: You Want Mayors? We’ve Got Mayors!

ALFORD’S SYNDICATED OPINION COLUMN You Want Mayors? We've Got Mayors! Fake mayors, real mayors, convicted mayors, interim mayors,

POLITICAL CHATTER

The Louisiana Lottery is about to have some competition. The Mississippi Legislature voted this afternoon to create a lottery there. Gov.

#HBD TRACKERS!

Today: Cary Koch, Craig McCulloch and Tammi Arender Wednesday 08/29: Quay McKnight, Kevin Blanchard and Paul Coussan Thursday

Gamard: PAC Shoots With “Shooter”

Rep. Blake Miguez — if you’re unfamiliar with his gun-fueled background, hit up Google now — is the featured political player in a new

WEEKLY: Players Who Could Be Mayors

This story was originally published for Weekly subscribers on August 16, 2018. Wish you had read it then? Become a part of our elite

WATCH THE WHIP: Is Scalise the preferred speaker candidate?

This story was originally published for Weekly subscribers on August 16, 2018. Wish you had read it then? Become a part of our elite

YOU’VE BEEN GRADED: LABI Releases 20th Scorecard

YOU’VE BEEN GRADED LABI releases 20th scorecard Much more than fiscal cliff was reviewed Marketing campaign linked to con-con

ALFORD’S OPINION COLUMN: Dismissing Congressional Clout Concerns

Not too long ago, at least in reporter years, I was utilizing the space in this weekly column with some regularity to write about the loss

RABALAIS’ POLITICAL HISTORY: When Time Is On Your Side

RABALAIS’ POLITICAL HISTORY When Time Is On Your Side Uncle Harry’s 32-year streak & the longevity of statewide elected