David Petraeus' mistress considered pursuing political career

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 16, 2012 08:10 hrs

Former CIA Director General David Petraeus' mistress Paula Broadwell has considered running for the Senate as a Republican in North Carolina.

Broadwell reportedly discussed her interest with a few acquaintances at an Aspen conference in July.

"Republican moneymen, she said, had approached her about a Senate run in North Carolina," Time contributor Barton Gellman wrote.

"She was tempted. Petraeus, she said in an irritated tone, rejected the idea out of hand. What was her position, he asked, on abortion? Climate change? Gun control? Gay marriage? Tax cuts? Social Security vouchers? Her answers, he told her, would not fit either party, and she should not sell herself out," Gellman added.

According to CBS News, while she did not have pursued that idea, Broadwell did make an appearance at this year's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she spoke about her experience in Afghanistan.

"Now I spent a majority of 2010, 2011--the early parts, in Afghanistan, not as a soldier but as an author," she had said.

"And it was very different being there as a female author as opposed to an army officer where gender doesn't really matter. It was a privilege to follow General David Petraeus and see the war through his eyes. I learned a tremendous amount about leadership, about taking care of soldiers, about vision and strategy and so forth," she added. (ANI)

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