Valerie Plame, the former CIA operative who was famously outed in an intelligence leak during President George W. Bush’s administration is apparently seeking to run for office.
Plame, 55, said she would ‘like another opportunity to serve my country,’ the Washington Examiner reports, after Sen. Tom Udall, a Democrat from New Mexico, announced on Monday he would not be seeking re-election.
The ex-spy told the outlet that she intends to run as a Democrat for the seat, and has a history of being opposed to President Trump.
In 2017 she attempted to crowdfund money to buy a stake in Twitter to prevent President Trump from being able to use the social media platform.
Plame has been in the public eye since her cover was blown in a column by Robert Novak in 2003, which she alleged was retribution by the Bush administration for the criticism over the run-up to Iraq War by her then-husband former Ambassador Joseph Wilson. The couple divorced in 2017.
The only person to serve any jail time for the incident was Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby, former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, who was convicted of obstructing justice, though not of leaking her CIA cover to the press.
President Trump pardoned Libby last year saying he had ‘heard that he has been treated unfairly,’ a decision blasted by Plame in a statement saying that the ‘pardon is not based on the truth.’
The mother of twin 19-year-olds, Trevor and Samantha, Plame is also the author of several books including her memoir ‘Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House’ that was adapted for the big screen with Naomi Watts playing her and Sean Penn playing her ex-husband.
As Senator Tom Udall leaves his seat open for 2020 ending his 20-year political career, in a state that leans Democratic.
Other potential candidates in the Democratic primary include Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, a member of House Democratic leadership, and first-term Congresswomen Debra Haaland of Albuquerque.
Businessman Mick Rich, former Rep. Steve Pearce and former Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, are also potentially considering runs from the Republican side.