Alexandra Chandler spent 13 years as an analyst and leader at the Office of Naval Intelligence. She is currently running for Congress in MA-3 and is the only candidate running with the insight and knowledge plus the skills to handle the current crisis that this Administration has put us in. I am her deputy campaign manager and these are her words:
As a citizen, former Intelligence Community professional, and a candidate for Congress, I share the frustration, anger, and shame for the spectacle of a US President who would not stand up for the integrity of our democratic institutions, and who would not stand up for the dedicated nonpartisan public servants in our Intelligence Community and law enforcement agencies. Instead, in his words and his omissions, the President stood with President Putin, whose hands still bear the blood of the the innocent civilians of Syria, Eastern Ukraine, Crimea, Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, and the UK.
I can offer you hope and a call to action. Even at this time of night, there are Intelligence Community analysts, FBI and DOJ agents and investigators, and State Department career diplomats who are working hard to defend America’s security, our democratic institutions, and to preserve our alliances and our role in the world. Whatever Donald Trump says, they keep working. Whatever he tweets, they keep working. However he dishonors them, however he disrespects them— even threatens them— they keep working in private dignity that he can never touch.
How fortunate we are, to live in a country which has such people who dedicate their lives to our public good. But their work is not enough. They need our help. They need your help.
Insist that Congress lead in this moment of crisis. Call your representative and either thank them for standing up for our national security professionals, their work at home and abroad, and our alliances— or insist that they start standing up now. If they are on oversight committees related to national security, ask them to proactively work to protect the nonpartisan civil servant experts and to provide whistleblowers maximum protection. Ask them to consider a motion to censure the President for this failure to honor an element of his Oath of Office— to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. Russian interference in our right to elect our own government is an attack on a core Constitutional guarantee, and it would be a useful show of bipartisan unity in advance of potential Russian attacks on our 2018 election for Congress to move beyond scattered statements of concern, however articulate some may be. Demand increases in the International Affairs budget funding the State Department and development efforts, enabling them to recruit and retain more working level diplomats— as the President makes their job more difficult nearly every day.
And in addition to working with your current representatives, elect a Congress who will do all of the above, and who will stand up to Putin and stand with our allies, and understands how to do so from Day One. The President has done a lot of damage to our national security. The more expertise Congress has to mitigate the damage and to start to rebuild, the better off we will be. If elected, I would be proud to be a part of that effort in Congress.
But whatever you do— don’t dismiss this as just words, or mistake this as normal. Nor should you despair. Today is a shameful day. With your help, and that of dedicated patriots and public servants, we will have better days again. #MA3 #mapoli