A former CIA officer is launching a congressional campaign against Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).
Charles “Sam” Faddis, who retired in 2008 as chief of a unit tracking nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, said in a statement Tuesday that he will make an official announcement of his campaign on Nov. 9.
The Republican is running on a platform of cutting spending, lowering taxes, tightening border control and a revamping foreign policy in the Middle East.
Faddis is the author of three novels and three works of non-fiction, one of which argued that the CIA was so dysfunctional that it should be replaced. Another of his non-fiction works, “Operation Hotel California,” documents his work with the agency in Iraq just before the 2003 invasion and the intelligence he says was ignored.
His campaign is an uphill battle in an overwhelmingly Democratic district represented by a powerful veteran. Hoyer serves as the Democratic whip in the House and has been in office since 1981. He regularly outpaces Republican opponents by about 30 percentage points.
Hoyer also has a primary challenger — Kristin Beck, a transgender former Navy SEAL.
While Faddis filed official papers declaring his candidacy in April, he has yet to begin campaigning aggressively or raising much money.
In a message to supporters, Faddis said Tuesday that he would officially kick off his campaign Nov. 9 at 11 am, with a lunch at a Comfort Inn Conference Center in Bowie.