15 U.S. national security officials endorse Dave Harden

Dave Harden endorsed by 15 national security officials

15 U.S. national security officials endorse Maryland congressional candidate Dave Harden.

Mr. Harden, a Democrat, is running for Maryland’s 1st Congressional District.

The 15 officials signed an open letter endorsing Harden’s candidacy.

A Miner Detail is running Mr. Harden’s letter (below).

National Security officials endorse Dave Harden for Congress

America was not built on fear.

America was built on courage, imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. 

— Harry S. Truman 

To Our Fellow Citizens, 

Our country was founded on the principles of democracy. And while we continue to evolve in our democratic experiment, we are indeed an extraordinary nation that cherishes freedom, independence, liberty, and the unshakeable belief that anything is possible. 

We also understand the gift of democracy requires care and nurturing of our institutions, society, and norms.

Our job is to protect and defend our democratic legacy for the generations to come. 

We are public servants who have dedicated our careers and, in many cases, risked our lives for the United States.

We are former diplomats, military officers, and national security officials. Like you, we love our country. 

Unfortunately, we also worry about its future.

The Capitol Hill violence on Jan. 6th sounded an alarm that all freedom-loving Americans could not ignore.

We must support servant-leaders who stand on democratic principles, the foundation of our great nation. 

We, therefore, endorse Dave Harden in his bid to represent Maryland’s First District as its next Member of Congress. 

Dave Harden is guided by the principles that have long made America great. He believes that: 

  1. We must defend democracy against all enemies, foreign and domestic; 2. America’s moral authority, economic power, and military strength are essential to our own standing, security, and prosperity in the world; 
  2. A free press keeps those in power accountable to the people; and 
  3. The nation must demonstrate enduring gratitude to those who have served and sacrificed to protect our independence. 

Our elected representatives must uphold the Constitution, protect our democracy, and respect the outcome of our elections.

The 2022 congressional election is important to our future. Dave Harden is the candidate who will restore honor, decency, and integrity to Maryland’s First District. 


Mike Carroll, Acting Inspector General, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. African Development Foundation, Inter-American Foundation, and Millennium Challenge Corporation (Retired). 

James Clad, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia, Senior Counselor at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Retired). 

Maura Connelly, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon (Retired). 

Margaret Diop, Chargé d’affaires to Trinidad and Tobago, and Peace Corps Director Togo (Retired). 

Alonzo Fulgham, Acting Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Mission Director to Afghanistan (Retired). 

Earl Gast, U.S. Agency for International Development Assistant Administrator for the Africa Bureau, and Mission Director to Afghanistan (Retired). 

William J. Garvelink, U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Retired). Gary A. Grappo, U.S. Ambassador to Oman, and U.S. Air Force veteran (Retired). 

Carol Horning, Professor of International Development at the U.S. Army War College for the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Mission Director to Guyana (Retired). 

Theodore H. Kattouf, U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, U.S. Ambassador to Syria, and U.S. Army veteran (Retired). 

Lino Miani, President of the Combat Diver Foundation, Chief Executive Officer of Navisio Global, LLC, U.S. Army Officer, and Green Beret veteran (Retired). 

Keith Mines, Author, Political Counselor, U.S. Embassy Israel, and U.S. Army Officer and Special Forces veteran (Retired).

Robin Raphel, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, and U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia (Retired). 

Dana Shell Smith, U.S. Ambassador to Qatar (Retired). 

Howard Sumka, U.S. Agency For International Development Mission Director to the West Bank|Gaza, Bosnia, and Albania (Retired).

Ryan Miner is the Editor, Founder and Publisher of A Miner Detail, a leading Maryland politics blog featuring Maryland political news, political commentary and opinion. 

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