News that Chelsea Manning, the transgender former Army private first convicted of collaborating with Wikileaks, is filing to run for a Democratic seat in the US Senate, has outright set Twitter ablaze, with many seeing it as a vivid illustration of what the "blue party" now looks like. The state's senior senator is an overwhelming favourite to win.
Known as Bradley Manning at the time of her 2010 arrest, Manning came out as transgender after being sentenced.
Having been convicted in 2013 of 20 counts for releasing more than 700,000 classified government documents she was initially sentenced to 35 years in prison - the longest sentence ever in a leak case.
Cardin sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and recently commissioned a 200-page report on the interference by Russian Federation in European elections.
Since leaving prison, Manning has become known for controversial tweets, often accompanied with a series of emojis and the hashtag #WeGotThis. Cardin, a Democrat, has been serving as senator since 2007 and is running for reelection this year.
Chelsea Manning Files For Senate Run In Maryland
Conservative news outlet Red Maryland first reported Manning's candidacy.
Manning would be taking on Democratic Sen.
Reuters said Ms Manning did not immediately respond to requests for a comment.
Cardin's campaign had about $2 million on hand as of September 30, according to federal campaign finance records.
Aside from this being her debut in the political arena, the 30-year-old will have to face hurdles considering her criminal history. Her candidacy would undoubtedly bring attention, both in Maryland and around the nation, to transgender rights and the rise of the security state.
"We need to stop asking them to give us our rights", she wrote.
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