A former assistant defense secretary from the Obama Administration -- who has been openly critical of President Donald Trump’s Russian connections -- officially joined the race for the New York congressional seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Harrison.
Evelyn Farkas, a national security analyst and author, announced her campaign on Monday, Nov. 18 here on Twitter and on national television. She planned to attend a candidate forum near her hometown of Chappaqua, where Bill and Hillary Clinton now resides. Lowey is a close friend and political associate of the Clintons.
Farkas, who is likely to have strong campaign finance support, is the latest Democrat to launch a bid to represent the predominantly Democratic 17th District, which includes Westchester and Rockland counties. At least seven other Democrats and two Republicans have said they are considering a run in 2020. New York state's congressional primaries are in June 2020.
In national media reports, Farkas said her experience will help her stand out. “There isn’t another candidate who has my experience and qualifications,” Farkas told The Washington Post on Sunday.
Lowey, a 31-year senior member of Congress and House Appropriations Chairwoman recently announced she will retire from Congress at the end of 2020.
Farkas served as a deputy assistant secretary of defense in charge of policy toward Russia, Ukraine and neighboring countries under President Barack Obama. She was an early, open critic of President Trump’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
See this televised interview on Frontline, for more details of Evelyn Farkas' Pentagon/Russian-Georgia-Ukraine invasion expertise, as well as nuclear exercises, cyber warfare "without bullets," and 2016 election interference. "There was a fake news article about me,'' Farkas says in the 2017 interview.