Me, my wife and my two sons in Woodstock, NY
At our farm with my uncle and cousin back in the day.
With my dad and livestock on our farm.
At Parris Island with my brother Dan.
With the late Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Jerusalem, along with my colleagues Jordan Stancil and Prem Kumar.
With then-Major General Bill Caldwell IV at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
Interview with G. Gordon Liddy in Iraq
Negotiating in Iraq
With Shaykh Humam al Hammudi
With the Iraqi Vice President
Teaching in Woodstock
My grandparents survived the Nazis at Auschwitz to come to this country and build new lives for their families.
I’m a local teacher, a former U.S. diplomat who served with distinction in Iraq, and my family has had a farm in the Hudson Valley since I was a boy.
I served in America’s most embattled outposts in the Middle East under both Democratic and Republican administrations. After beginning my career as a CIA intelligence officer, I joined the State Department and pushed for peace in the West Bank and Gaza Strip alongside my close friend Ambassador Chris Stevens, whom we lost in Benghazi. I answered the call to help our country in Iraq in 2004 and became one of the longest serving U.S. diplomats of the Iraq War. Fluent in Arabic, I faced down insurgents to set up the first diplomatic talks between our ambassador, our generals and the insurgency. I helped bring warring factions together to create a constitution for Iraq and was decorated by both the U.S. Army and the State Department.
After my service overseas, I returned to my family’s farm here in the Hudson Valley to raise my family, raise livestock and answer a call to teach. Today I live in Woodstock where my wife Suhayr and I both teach and our two sons attend school.
I plan to use my experience bringing opposing sides together to lead a united coalition of new voices in Congress. Together we will face down the corporate interests and lobbyists rigging our economy against working people. Together we will pass a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides healthcare for all.
I used to believe democracy was something we fight for overseas. Today, I believe we have to fight for our democracy here at home. We’re uniting for that fight now. I hope you’ll join us.