Chelsea Manning to run for US Senate

Chelsea Manning to run for US Senate

Chelsea Manning to run for US Senate

Chelsea Manning, the transgender activist and whistleblower who was jailed for leaking military documents, has filed to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland, according to the Washington Post.

Manning declared her intentions January 5 with the Federal Election Commission, which posted the document on its website Thursday.

The media organisation Red Maryland first reported Manning's intention to run. During his career in the senate, Cardin has frequently advocated restoring voting rights to felons.

Manning had previously said that after her release from a military prison in Kansas on May 21, 2017 that she would move to Maryland (she was originally from Oklahoma).

In many states, Manning would be unable to vote or run for elected office after being convicted of a felony, but Maryland passed a law past year that allows felons to participate in elections. Manning did not immediately return CNN's request for comment Saturday.

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Manning would be taking on Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has not yet announced if he would seek a third term. She is running as a Democrat.

Cardin's campaign had about $2 million on hand as of September 30, according to federal campaign finance records. "On Tuesday, which was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, she stirred controversy when she tweeted ". the police", and then, "police kill hundreds of people every year with absolute impunity". Her candidacy would undoubtedly bring attention, both in Maryland and around the nation, to transgender rights and the rise of the security state.

However, if Manning were to succeed, she'd the be the first openly transgender elected to both Congress and the U.S. Senate. The primary is set for June 28.

Manning's critics, of whom there are many, claim she divulged some of the country's most sensitive information and endangered sources, forcing the State Department to scramble to protect some of its assets. The general election is November 6.

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