‘National security’ candidate: Former CIA officer runs for U.S. House seat in Texas

‘National security’ candidate: Former CIA officer runs for U.S. House seat in Texas

by Jennifer Harper

He is a former clandestine officer who’s gone into Lone Star politics. That would be conservative Will Hurd, who has joined the list of “national security” candidates who’ve caught the notice of John Bolton. Indeed, Mr. Hurd is challenging Democrat Rep. Pete Gallego in the 23rd District of Texas, which includes much of the Mexican-American border, in a pivotal area where voter support is much coveted by the GOP.

He would bring much insight. Mr. Hurd returned to his home state in 2010 after 10 years with the CIA, serving primarily in South Asia and the Middle East where his primary mission was the recruitment of foreign assets, collection and dissemination of intelligence, this according to his biography. The Republican National Committee has also named him a “rising star” in the party.

“Will Hurd’s national security experience and credentials are unmatched. As an operations officer for the CIA, Will supported America’s interests abroad for over a decade,” says Mr. Bolton, who has endorsed the hopeful, and contributed to his cause. “Will understands the failure of five years of President Obama’s foreign policy, and the need to re-evaluate America’s standing on the world stage. I have no doubt Texans will be well-served with Will in Congress.”

Find his campaign site here

This is the former U.N. ambassador’s 13th endorsement; his other choices in assorted 2014 races include U.S. Senate hopefuls Scott Brown in New Hampshire, Ed Gillespie in Virginia and Joni Ernst in Iowa. The John Bolton PAC, incidentally, has raised $4 million for candidates Mr. Bolton says are committed to restoring strong American economic and national security.

“We believe that it is not American strength that is provocative, but American weakness,” he observes.

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