[Information excerpted from “The CIA Democrats”]
The election cycle began with 57 candidates for the Democratic nomination in 44 congressional districts who boasted as their major credential their years of service in intelligence, in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, at the State Department, or some combination of all three.
Of that group, here are the 2018 General Election Results:
Omar Siddiqui, California-48
Consultant to the FBI on issues of national security & counter-terrorism, former advisor to the CIA
Dan McCready, North Carolina-9
Marine Corps veteran turned “clean energy” multi-millionaire, backed by the DCCC, even claims to have found Jesus in Iraq, where he was baptized in water from the Euphrates River.
Andy Kim, New Jersey-3
Raised more money than the incumbent Republican, Tom MacArthur. Kim worked at the Pentagon & as a strategic adviser to generals David Petraeus and John Allen while they were in command of US forces in Afghanistan. He then moved to the National Security Council, where he was Obama’s director for Iraq for two years.
Gina Ortiz Jones, Texas-23
Air Force intelligence officer in Iraq, who subsequently served as an adviser for US interventions in South Sudan and Libya. She was then ‘detailed’ to a position as “senior advisor for trade enforcement,” a post President Obama created by executive order in 2012. She would later be invited to serve as a director for investment at the Office of the US Trade Representative, where she led the portfolio that reviewed foreign investments to ensure they did not pose national security risks..
Jason Crow, Colorado-6
Selected by the DCCC as one of its top candidates in the “Red-to-Blue” program. He is a veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division, leading a paratrooper platoon during the invasion of Iraq. He then joined the Army Rangers and served two tours in Afghanistan “as part of the Joint Special Operations Task Force,” where he rose to the rank of captain.
Elissa Slotkin, Michigan-8
Former CIA operative with three tours in Iraq, who worked as Iraq director for the National Security Council in the Obama White House and as a top aide to John Negroponte, the first director of national intelligence. After her deep involvement in US war crimes in Iraq, Slotkin moved to the Pentagon, where, as a principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, her areas of responsibility included drone warfare, “homeland defense” and cyber warfare.
Mikie Sherrill, New Jersey-11
Career Navy helicopter pilot, with ten years’ active service in Europe and the Middle East, now a federal prosecutor.
Tom Malinowski, New Jersey-7
Former congressional aide and Clinton administration official, headed the Washington office of Human Rights Watch for 13 years before joining the Obama administration under Secretary of State John Kerry as assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor.
Chrissy Houlahan, Pennsylvania-6
Former US Air Force captain, has raised $1,228,000 for her campaign in Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District, against incumbent Republican Ryan Costello.
Elaine Luria, Virginia-2
One of the first Navy women to serve as an officer on a nuclear-powered ship, as its favored candidate under the “Red-to-Blue” program. Luria has “deployed six times to the Middle East and Western Pacific as a nuclear-trained surface warfare officer.” She was second-in-command of a guided missile cruiser and commanded assault craft supporting a Marine Corps deployment.
Abigail Spanberger, Virginia-7
Worked for the CIA as an operations officer, in which capacity, “She traveled and lived abroad collecting intelligence, managing assets, and overseeing high-profile programs in service to the United States.”