Arizona’s “QAnon Shaman” Seeks Congressional Seat
Jacob Chansley, famously known as Arizona’s “QAnon Shaman,” has made headlines once again. After his involvement in the January 6th, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Chansley now aspires to become a member of Congress from Arizona’s 8th District. He recently filed paperwork with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, expressing his interest in running as a Libertarian candidate in the 2024 general election.
A Unique Symbol
Chansley’s striking appearance, with his horned fur hat and tattoos, has become an enduring symbol of the attack on the Capitol. It has been referenced in various comedy sketches and political cartoons, mocking the participants involved in the event.
A Legal Twist
Interestingly, Chansley submitted his candidate statement of interest under the name Jacob Angeli-Chansley, utilizing a different last name than his legal one. This alias was originally used to charge and convict him for his role in the attack. While Arizona law prohibits felons from voting until their sentence is completed and civil rights are restored, there is no constitutional ban on felons holding federal office.
A Crowded Race
Chansley faces a crowded field of contenders in his quest to enter Congress. The current representative, Debbie Lesko, will not seek re-election, leaving a vacancy in the reliably Republican district. The Republican primary is expected to be highly competitive, with several notable candidates vying for the seat, including Ben Toma, Blake Masters, Abe Hamadeh, state Sen. Anthony Kern, Trent Franks, Seth Coates, Isiah Gallegos, Jimmy Rodriguez, Rollie Stevens, and Brandon Urness.
As Jacob Chansley, the “QAnon Shaman,” sets his sights on a political career, it remains to be seen how his controversial past will impact his candidacy. The 2024 general election will reveal if he can transition from a symbol of the Capitol attack to a potential member of Congress.
To learn more about this story, please contact reporter Ryan Randazzo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-444-4331.
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