Former CIA operative Valerie Plame, whose cover was blown by George W. Bush administration officials in a major scandal in the run up to the Iraq War, will run for an open House seat in New Mexico.
Plame filed papers Wednesday to formally open a campaign committee. A Democrat, she will run for the seat held by Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), who is running for a Senate seat.
“Over 10 years ago, I chose to make New Mexico my home and it has become my heart,” Plame said in a statement on her new website. “I have lived all over the world and have never felt more connected to a place and its special people than in the Land of Enchantment.”
Plame was an undercover CIA officer who recommended sending her husband, the former diplomat Joe Wilson, to Niger to investigate Bush administration claims that then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had tried to purchase uranium for use in weapons production.
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