Chelsea Manning Files to Run for the Senate in Maryland

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 1/13/2018 | Mary Chastain
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President Donald Trump may receive some competition for most tweet-happy politician! Apparently emoji-filled tweets aren’t enough for Chelsea Manning because she has filed papers to run for the Senate in Maryland. From The Washington Post:

Chelsea Manning, the transgender former Army private who was convicted of passing sensitive government documents to Wikileaks, has filed to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, according to federal election filings.

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Manning, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, would be challenging Democrat Ben Cardin, who has served two terms in the Senate and is up for re-election in November. Cardin is Maryland’s senior senator and is considered an overwhelming favorite to win a third term.

I guess no one knew about this beforehand because WaPo said the filings caused the state’s “political class by surprise.”

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Cardin is considered non-vulnerable, but a well-known person like Manning could present a challenge for him, especially since she has expressed extreme leftist views in interviews and on social media. WaPo continued:

Manning moved to Maryland after her release and friends and family raised more than $175,000 to support her through an online campaign. Since then, she has written for The Guardian and Medium on issues of transparency, free speech and civil liberties, according to her web site.

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Manning’s statement of candidacy was filed with the Federal Elections Commission on Thursday. She is...
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