Chelsea Manning: Whistleblower, Activist… Senator? (AP Photo/Dannis Van Tine)
“Yup, we’re running”
Chelsea Manning confirmed Sunday that she is a candidate for U.S. Senate in the 2018 Maryland Democratic primary.
— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) January 14, 2018
The 30-year-old Manning filed her statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.
Manning, the transgender former Army private who was convicted of passing sensitive government documents to WikiLeaks, came out as transgender after being sentenced to 35 years in prison. President Barack Obama granted Manning clemency last year after she had served seven years..
Manning is running as a Democrat and will challenge two-term Sen. Ben Cardin in the primary.
Manning is yet to file for the primary with the state elections board, which she must do in person by Feb. 27, according to the board’s website.
Senator Cardin is also yet to file. But campaign finance reports show that his campaign had nearly $2 million cash on hand in late September.
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