Valerie Plame Does a Mean J-Turn in Her First Congressional Campaign Ad

Ex-CIA Valerie Plame shows off her driving skills for her first ad in congressional campaign 7 photos
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There are many ways to make sure you make a lasting impression, but Democrat Valerie Plame probably found the most interesting: by showing off her driving skills.
Sat at the wheel of a custom Chevrolet Camaro, the former ex-CIA agent whose cover was blown in the 2003 Plamegate does a mean and very elegant J-turn in her first ad from her congressional campaign. It was released last week and is also available at the bottom of the page.

In case you’re wondering what a J-turn has in common with politics, Plame does all the explaining herself. After a brief presentation, including the mention of the scandal that also landed her husband in trouble and his pardon in the next presidency, Plame says that she’s “running for Congress because we’re going backwards on national security, healthcare and women’s rights. We need to turn our country around.”

As she pulls the Camaro to a standstill and she comes out, walking in slow-mo towards the camera, she brags that, yes, indeed, they do teach you to drive this way in the CIA. She also promises current President Donald Trump that she has a few scores to settle, so he’d better watch out.

Whether Plame is really such a badass driver remains to be determined at a later time. However, Andrew Comrie-Picard, a race and stunt driver who is now a stunt coordinator on Netflix’s “Hyperdrive,” tells Fox News that, even with all the editing, it seems as if Plame really is behind the wheel for the J-turn, also known as the Rockford Turn, a staple of most Hollywood action movies.

Comrie-Picard highlights that, while it may seem complicated, the J-turn takes a lot of practice to pull through. To be able to get it right, you need to stay calm and focused – and make sure you practice it enough times until you get it right.

Still, it’s refreshing to see a politician do it.

“Interesting concept on the ad. Pretty badass,” he says. “I don't know what their legal position is, but normally we'd have a disclaimer – ‘Professional driver. Closed course. Do not attempt.’I would have enjoyed ‘Professional politician. Closed course. Do not attempt to join this race.”

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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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