Lady driving backwards through the desert in a Camaro. That’s American.
Lady intelligence officer dangerously outed in a political hit. Not American.
Valeria Plame, the former undercover CIA agent, is now a candidate for Congress in New Mexico’s third district.
The incumbent Congressman, Ben Ray Luján, is running for U.S. Senate.
Plame was operations chief at the Joint Task Force on Iraq of the Counterproliferation Division of the CIA’s clandestine operations directorate when her name was publicly disclosed in a column written by Robert Novak and published in The Washington Post on July 14, 2003.
Plame’s husband, Ambassador Joe Wilson, had been one the most vocal critics of the Bush administration’s claim that Saddam Hussein was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction — a claim that was the basis for invading Iraq. When Plame’s cover was blown, it was widely believed that Scooter Libby and other senior White House officials had done it in retaliation.
Libby was eventually found guilty for his duplicitous meddling. On March 6, 2007, he was convicted on four counts of perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements.
Fast Forward A Decade
Donald Trump issued Libby a pardon. Because, why not?
At the end of her launch commercial, Plame takes off her sunglasses, looks into the camera with a wry smile and says, “Mr. President, I’ve got some scores to settle.”
On her campaign website, Plame is clearly for impeachment:
The rule of law is the backbone of our democracy and it must be upheld and respected by all. The Mueller report made it clear that the president has not been exonerated. I believe Congress has a duty to begin impeachment hearings.
Plame moved to Sante Fe in 2007 and quickly became part of the city’s charity circuit, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. Her visibility and name recognition are expected to help in the Democratic Party primary.
As of the last FEC deadline, Plame had outraised everyone else in the race. Among those donating to her were Naomi Watts, who played Plame in Fair Game, the 2010 movie based on her life and the book she wrote.
Plame’s new commercial has been viewed on YouTube almost one million times in the 48 hours since it was released. She is also co-author of two spy thrillers, Blowback and Burned.