Can Chelsea Manning Run For US Senate With a Criminal Record?

Chelsea Manning Eyes US Senate Seat For Maryland
Chelsea Manning was convicted by court-martial in 2013 of espionage and other offenses
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14 Enero, 2018

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 is also a transgender woman who won an audience among progressives for her writing on transgender rights and government transparency.

There is no public telephone information listing for Manning, who according to FEC records, resides in North Bethesda.

Manning, who was granted clemency by former US President Barack Obama, was released in May from a US military prison in Kansas where she had been serving time for passing secrets to the WikiLeaks website in the biggest breach of classified data in the history of the United States.

She is running as a Democrat and will likely challenge two-term Jewish Senator Ben Cardin in the primary. Since then, she has moved to Maryland, speaks at political events, and writes columns about civil rights.

In elections last year, transgender candidate Danika Roem was elected to the Virginia state House of Delegates, becoming the first openly transgender lawmaker in the US.

The primary will be held on June 26, 2018, ahead of the Nov. 6 general election that Democrats are eying as a chance to retake Congress and restrain president Donald Trump.

Cardin spokeswoman Sue Walitsky did not directly address Manning's candidacy or anyone else's.

Manning, a 30-year-old Oklahoma native, had previously lived in Montgomery County before enlisting in the Army and eventually facing a court-martial for leaking classified and sensitive information.

Cardin's spokesman and the Democratic Party of Maryland declined to comment on Manning's filing.

She was placed in solitary confinement after attempting suicide twice. I know what that feels like. "And when you lose that, you try to do something to grab a headline". His campaign war chest already boasts funds upwards of $2 million. "I've been having dozens of conversations around the state".


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