“Yup, we are running.”
(The AEGIS Alliance) – Confirmed on Sunday, Chelsea Manning said she’s a candidate for United States Senate in the 2018 Maryland Democratic primary election.
— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) January 14, 2018
Chelsea Manning is 30-years-old, and filed her candidacy statement with the Federal Election Commission during Thursday.
Chelsea Manning is transgender and a former Army private who had been convicted of passing sensitive government documents over to WikiLeaks. She came out as transgender after being sentenced to thirty five years in prison. President Barack Obama granted clemency to Manning last year after she’d served seven years in prison.
Manning will be running as a Democrat and will be challenging the two-term Sen. Ben Cardin in the primaries.
Manning has yet to file for the primary election with the state elections board, which must be done in person by February 27th, according to the state election board’s website.
Senator Cardin has also yet to file. Although, campaign finance reports reveal that his campaign had nearly $2 million cash on hand during late September of 2017.
Chelsea Manning is running for Senate. It’s worth remembering what her leaks actually exposed, because it was a long time ago, and a lot of people have sort of moved on. But she showed unbelievable courage to do what was right. Here’s an old video I did on her leaks. https://t.co/oXxrBnjcef
— Nando (@nandorvila) January 13, 2018
Chelsea Manning wrote serious draft cybersecurity legislation to abolish the FISA court WHILE SHE WAS IN PRISON and did not have access to the Internet or a word processor that could save documents. She had to call supporters to look up citations etc. Gtfo with “no experience”
— Evan Greer (@evan_greer) January 13, 2018
— Evan Greer (@evan_greer) January 14, 2018
If you are cool with Sheriff Arpaio running for Senate in Arizona but up in arms that Chelsea Manning is running in Maryland – you my friend are a HYPOCRITE. #GoChelsea
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) January 14, 2018
Chelsea Manning went to prison for revealing the kind of crimes nobody ever goes to prison for.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) January 13, 2018
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