WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2015 – Charles “Sam” Faddis is not afraid of a fight. He was a military officer, he was an attorney, he was a CIA officer and now he is running for Congress in Maryland’s 5th District.
He believes it is his duty, his responsibility, to step up and try to make a difference.
Faddis was an operations officer at the Central Intelligence Agency when he first started to worry about the direction America was taking. Faddis, who was then with the Counter Terrorism Center, was not in a position to comment. “When you’re with a clandestine agency,” notes Faddis, “you don’t really make public statements.”
“I was seeing America falter and fail, and I felt I needed to do something,” explains Faddis. He retired from the agency and began writing, speaking, teaching and consulting, hoping to right the wrongs he was witnessing.
Six years later, Faddis said he was still dissatisfied. “I realized I was talking and not doing. That wasn’t good enough, so now I’m doing.”
Now Faddis is taking on Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in Congress.
Although Faddis admits taking on such a well-known politician is somewhat daunting, he is not deterred.
“This country was built by people who stepped up,” says Faddis, “Now I’m stepping up.”
Four issues dominate Faddis’s agenda:
His first concern is out-of-control government spending. “We are not jut using our children’s credit cards…we’re using our grandchildren’s credit cards. And this has to stop.”
Faddis is also worried about the middle class. “Remember when a family could live a comfortable life style with one parent working? Now both parents work and they are just barely hanging on by their fingernails.”
Education is another issue for Faddis. “We are failing our children. Lithuania is doing a better job at education than we are.”
Finally, Faddis has serious national security concerns. “ISIS, Iran, Russia and even China. I watch the foreign policy debacle of this administration and I really can’t get my arms around it.”
Another target for Faddis is the Washington, D.C., establishment. “Our founding fathers never intended for us to have career politicians who spend their lives in some ivory tower. I believe these establishment politicians are a big part of our problem.”
The other candidate in the 5th District race falls neatly under the “establishment” banner.
Hoyer has served the district since 1981, more than 30 years, and is backed by several special interest groups. Federal Election Commission filings show that Hoyer has almost $700,000 in donations from “Other Committees.” This includes drug makers Abbott Labs, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer; insurance companies Aetna & Aflak; banks Barclay’s and JP Morgan; Caesars Entertainment and even California Dairies. Very few of his donors are actually from his district.
Faddis, on the other hand, has certainly lived outside that ivory tower. He graduated from the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Law School. Early in his career, Sam Faddis was a U.S. Army and JAG officer. He was then assistant attorney general for the state of Washington.
His career at the CIA was “marked by brilliance,” according to a former instructor at the agency. Faddis headed the first CIA team that went into Iraq, nine months before the 2003 invasion. He was stationed in various posts in the Middle East, South Asia and Europe. Faddis then returned to Washington to head the CIA’s Counter Terrorism Center (CTC)’s Weapons of Mass Destruction unit.
“Sam was absolutely our best and brightest,” says one former classmate of Faddis at the agency. “He is not only incredibly smart, he’s also a really good person.”
The Faddis family has a long history of public service. His grandfather served with Blackjack Pershing on the Mexican border in 1917, then served in both World War I and World War II. He was also a member of Congress from 1932 to 1942. His father graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was a career (34-year) Navy officer who served in World War II and the Korean War. Sam’s brother is a retired Army officer, and his son is a decorated U.S. Marine Infantry combat veteran, wounded in action in Afghanistan.
Faddis also has deep roots in Maryland. He was born at the Bethesda Naval Hospital, and his mother’s family has lived in Maryland since the late 1700s. Sam and his wife of 36 years, Gina, have lived in Maryland for 21 years.
Sam Faddis wants to bring change to America. He says that if you are happy with how things are, if you like the establishment, then don’t vote for him.
“But if you have the audacity to believe we can do better, then let’s work to make those changes.”
Follow Sam on Twitter @CHARLESFADDIS and visit his web site at http://samfaddis.com