"My initial thought quite literally was, 'Donald Trump is president, Oprah Winfrey is the leading contender for Democrats in 2020, why the hell not Chelsea Manning in the US Senate?'" he said.
Speaking at the New Yorker Festival in October, Manning said she fears for her safety but does not plan to lay low. But she told The AP that "Cardin is looking forward to a vigorous debate of the issues and a robust conversation with Maryland voters". Ben Cardin, who has served two terms in the Senate and is up for re-election in November.
Manning, a 30-year-old transgender woman born as Bradley, has been a controversial figure in the social networks ever since being released from a Kansas prison in May 2017.
Manning was arrested in 2010 after she gave Wikileaks almost 75,000 documents related to the war efforts in the Middle East and information about Guantanamo Bay prisoners.
Maryland Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Matthews did not immediately return a comment request.
Chelsea Manning, the former Army private imprisoned for leaking classified government documents, appears to be running for the U.S. Senate.
Manning, originally from Oklahoma, moved to Maryland after her release.
"Our only statement on the record is 'No statement'", Manning said. Now Manning is set to make history herself with an eye for the Senate seat.
"I had this image of going (back) to a life that I had before", she said. Paul Sarbanes, according to the Baltimore Sun. But campaign finance reports show that his organization had nearly $2 million cash on hand in late September. I've been in the headlines. There have been mixed reactions to Manning's whistleblowing, and while a number of people view her as a 21st century Tiananmen Square Tank Man, to others she remains a traitor.
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