Chelsea Manning Files Paperwork to Challenge Cardin for Senate

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Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who spent several years in prison for leaking classified information, has filed to run as a Democratic candidate for Senate in Maryland.

The Federal Election Commission website shows a January 11 filing for "Chelsea Manning for U.S. Senate" with the party affiliation registered as Democrat - suggesting a primary challenge for Cardin. Cardin is Maryland's senior US senator, elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2012. Cardin won reelection in 2012 and is now the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Last year, she was freed from a military prison in Kansas after President Obama commuted her sentence.

Ultimately Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison, during which time she attempted suicide before the Army approved her for gender reassignment surgery. Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat who won the race to replace former Sen. She is running as a Democrat and refers to Maryland as her "home state" on her website. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who's seen the overwhelmingly favorite as he runs for a third term.

Through Sept. 30, Cardin had just under $2 million in his campaign account.

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A spokeswoman for Cardin, Sue Walitsky, did not immediately return a phone call.

Manning made waves in a different way when she posed in a red one-piece bathing suit for Vogue's September issue, eliciting both supportive and critical comments. "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".

However, if Manning were to succeed, she'd the be the first openly transgender elected to both Congress and the U.S. Senate. The general election is November 6.

The former United States soldier moved to Maryland after being released from prison in May 2017.

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