FBI Whistle-Blower to Run for Congress
By FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press Writer Tue
Jun 28, 5:01 PM ET
WASHINGTON - Former FBI whistle-blower Coleen Rowley
will run for Congress as a Democrat in Minnesota's 2nd
Congressional District, where she hopes to knock off
GOP Rep. John Kline.
"I'm concerned about the direction of the country,"
Rowley said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "We have
done things that have made us less safe, among them
Iraq invasion and the loss of our allies and the moral
high ground in international affairs."
Rowley, 50, was named one of Time magazine's Persons
of the Year for 2002 after writing a critical memo on
FBI intelligence failures.
She had sought a seat this year on the new Privacy and
Civil Liberties Oversight Board, designed to ensure
that government actions in the war on terror do not
infringe on people's rights. But when President Bush
appointed members of the board earlier this month,
Rowley's name was not on the list. She said that was a
factor in deciding to run for Congress.
Rowley will face an uphill campaign in a conservative
district that Kline won by 16 percentage points last
year. Also, Kline's opponent in that race, Teresa
Daly, might run again. Daly did not return phone
messages Tuesday, but her 2004 campaign manager, Darin
Broton, said, "If I was betting, I'd say she will
Rowley said the district's conservatism would play to
some of her strengths.
"I'm also quite conservative in many respects," she
said. "I'm fiscally conservative, and conservative on
Rowley, who retired from the FBI last year, said Kline
has voted too much in lockstep with the Bush
administration. "A congressman should be
independent-minded," she said.
Kline spokeswoman Angelyn Shapiro declined to comment
on Rowley, saying the congressman was focused on his work.