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Chelsea Manning Files to Run for the Senate in Maryland

Chelsea Manning Files to Run for the Senate in Maryland

Good Lord….

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.

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.”

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.

Manning’s statement of candidacy was filed with the Federal Elections Commission on Thursday. She is running as a Democrat and refers to Maryland as her “home state” on her web site.

Manning’s first column for The Guardian said Obama’s election in 2008 was a political awakening for her. Manning wrote Obama left behind “hints of a progressive legacy,” but very few permanent accomplisments.

“This vulnerable legacy should remind us that what we really need is a strong and unapologetic progressive to lead us,” Manning wrote. “What we need as well is a relentless grassroots movement to hold that leadership accountable.”

Yeah, well, Manning comes with controversy.

In 2007, Manning joined the military and went to Iraq to serve as an intelligence analyst for two years:

Manning, 30, who is formerly known as Bradley Manning, was convicted in 2013 of the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Last year, then President Obama commuted Manning’s sentence to time served and she was released from a military prison in Kansas.

She sent those documents to Wikileaks, which also pushed the whistle-blowing website to international fame.

After her release, she has used her fame to take over social media and attach herself to those leftist views she holds dear. This includes hating on law enforcement.

On national Law Enforcement Day, she sent out this lovely tweet:

[Featured image via Twitter]

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Comments

Why the use of “she” and “her”?

He is NOT a woman.

    Anonamom in reply to Exiliado. | January 13, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Thank you.

    Maybe I’m old, but I refuse to participate in the mass delusion that is “transgenderism.” Those people are mentally ill. Full stop. They need treatment and compassion; they do NOT need to have the rest of the world participating in their delusions.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Anonamom. | January 13, 2018 at 6:59 pm

      I’m taken aback…….

      ….at how almost 100% of them make the “sex change” and then want to be lesbian.

      Or gay if the switch was the other way.

      DUH!

        Actually, I don’t believe I’ve ever personally heard of a case of that happening.

        Which doesn’t mean a whole lot, since I don’t run into terribly many, so the sample size is negligibly small.

          Milhouse in reply to tom_swift. | January 14, 2018 at 10:49 am

          I do know a fair number of trans- people, and yes, it is quite common for them to keep their old sexual orientation in their new sex, i.e. those who liked girls before will often find that they still like girls, and vice versa. Not always, but often enough.

          Arminius in reply to tom_swift. | January 14, 2018 at 3:13 pm

          That puts you in the majority, friend. I don’t know a lot of people who know a great many of “trans-people” as majority

    I noted this, too, but as an editor, I think it best to leave this alone in Mary’s post. If she is more comfortable with “she,” then that’s fine. It’s perfectly acceptable grammatically and culturally.

    That said, “she” would not be my own choice. 😛

    DieJustAsHappy in reply to Exiliado. | January 13, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    A eunuch by any other name is still a eunuch.

    Arminius in reply to Exiliado. | January 13, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    I’ve been snot slinging drunk. I’ve been Bankock druxck.

    But I have never been Chelsea Manning drunk.

The only qualification needed to lead the democrats is a hatred for the country.

    Every passing day sees more and more lunacy. “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.”

    johnnycab23513 in reply to SpaceInvader. | January 13, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    The facts that it is both a traitor and a pervert nearly overqualified it for the office .

    Committing actual treason is a resume enhancement.

    Just ask Jane Fonda.

If it did not affect the rest of the US, they sort of deserve each other….

A traitor and neo-feminine. Great optics. A gender (i.e. physical and mental traits) change, but he will never be female. Human sex is binary and genetic.

Bradley Manning may have changed his name to Chelsea, but he is still a man. He may have adulterated his body to look like a woman’s, but he is still a man. He may wear cosmetics and have long hair, but he is still a man.
Just do a DNA test.
Sorry, he will always be a ‘he’ to me.
Please respect your readers and call him “him”,

This “shim” is a perfect Democrat.

Of course, there is …
18 U.S. Code § 2071 – Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally

(b) Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.

It appears Manning was commuted.

    David Jay in reply to Neo. | January 13, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I suspect that the Democrat party would have rules to prevent ineligible (in the general election) candidates from competing in the primary.

    gospace in reply to Neo. | January 13, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Sentence commuted isn’t pardoned.

    Having said that, Alcee Hastings was impeached. From our very own Constitution come these words: “Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States:” Nonetheless, he was, and is, seated in Congress. Our Constitution doesn’t apply to Democrats. It’s somewhere in the emanations and penumbras.

    Alternatively, Congresscritter is not an Office of honor, Trust or Profit. Take your pick…

    Milhouse in reply to Neo. | January 14, 2018 at 2:05 am

    “Office under the United States” means one to which the president appoints and the senate confirms. It does not include elected offices.

    Milhouse in reply to Neo. | January 14, 2018 at 2:06 am

    PS That’s why the emoluments clause doesn’t apply to the president.

    Milhouse in reply to Neo. | January 14, 2018 at 2:10 am

    If congress were an office under the United States, then that law would be unconstitutional as applied to this office, because Congress cannot change the qualifications for it.

Democrats mistakenly think the lesson of the Trump presidency is that gullible voters can be fooled by celebrities, hence the push to run Oprah. That won’t work out well for them.

While I would absolutely love for this idiot to get elected and demonstrate conclusively what the Democrats stand for, isn’t this illegal?

Manning was tried and CONVICTED. Obama granted clemency but doesn’t Manning still have an official criminal record and is thus barred from any public office?

    Milhouse in reply to Olinser. | January 14, 2018 at 2:13 am

    No. The only qualifications for senator are (1) at least 30 years old, (2) a US citizen for at least 9 years, and (3) a resident of the state s/he is to represent. Neither Congress nor any state can add “not a felon” to these.

Ben Cardin is from a moneyed, political family. He’s reasonable, relatively quiet, and well-behaved. Watching him contend against the Democratic equivalent of David Duke ought to be a gas.

I’m calling it now: unless Cardin gets sick, he will win the primary in a walk, and there will be no viable GOP candidate in the election.

Per this article in WaPo back when, the commutation does not relieve Mr. Manning of the civil disabilities attached to his sentence, either by the judge or by law. Specifically, if the law says that conviction means both a prison sentence and a further inability to hold office, the commutation relieves the former but not the latter.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/01/17/obama-just-commuted-much-of-chelsea-mannings-sentence-how-do-pardons-and-commutations-work/?utm_term=.43937dfd4ee1

SteveWhiteMD,

Facts, smacks….remember Torricelli….

Enough smart mouth, I hope you are right!

Given the federal felony conviction and commutation, but not pardon, presumably Maryland authorities will have to deny Manning a place on the ballot, because he is ineligible.

Free State Paul | January 13, 2018 at 8:04 pm

Well, I’m just gonna have to change my voter registration to “D” so I can vote for Chelsea Girl in the primary! This is too fun to pass up.

Maybe I’ll set up a PAC: “Republicans for Chelsea”

IANAL, but I think it can run for Senate and hold the office if elected. Presidents and Congress members only have to meet the constitutional requirements.

It’s probably a moot question, but the parades at its rallies should be ‘interesting’.

Felons in Elected Office

The Constitution requires that members of the House and Senate fulfill three requirements:

All members of the House must be at least 25 years old, and members of the Senate must be at least 30 years old.
Members of the House must have been a U.S. citizen for at least seven years, and members of the Senate must have been a U.S. citizen for at least nine years.
They have to be an “inhabitant” of the state “when elected.”

As a result, according to the Congressional Research Service, committing a crime cannot constitutionally disqualify someone from serving in Congress. And the state has no say in determining whether or not someone is qualified to serve in the House or Senate:

CRS: [S]ince a State does not have the authority to add qualifications for federal offices, the fact of conviction, even for a felony offense, could not be used to keep a candidate off of the ballot under State law either as a direct disqualification of convicted felons from holding or being a candidate for office, or as a disqualification of one who is no longer a “qualified elector” in the State. Once a person meets the three constitutional qualifications of age, citizenship and inhabitancy in the State when elected, that person, if duly elected, is constitutionally “qualified” to serve in Congress, even if a convicted felon.

https://www.factcheck.org/2008/11/felons-in-office/

    stevewhitemd in reply to VaGentleman. | January 14, 2018 at 12:04 am

    Interesting point. Seems like we have at least one law that might (I’m no lawyer) be in conflict with the Constitution.

      VaGentleman in reply to stevewhitemd. | January 14, 2018 at 12:27 am

      I would think that the ‘exception’ only applies to the positions where the Constitution spells out the requirements. Other positions, like cabinet posts, would be banned.

A traitorous, transgender, ex convict, thieving Freak. This is a perfect DEM candidate.

So bradley manning calls himself by a woman’s name – it doesn’t make him a woman, and more than his calling himself “not a traitor” makes him a not a traitor.

He’s a sick man, and he is a traitor. (No, not just obama – manning, too.)

“F-ck the police,” eh, manning? Maybe there’ll be some nasty, final street justice for you with the police out of the way. We can only hope.

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