Jacob Chansley, known as the ‘QAnon Shaman’ from J6, reportedly has filed paperwork to run for Congress.

Chansley, 35, will seek Arizona’s 8th Congressional District as the Libertarian candidate, according to NBC News.

Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) announced last month she will not seek re-election.

Arizona’s 8th Congressional District is shaping up to be a competitive race, with candidates such as Abe Hamadeh and Blake Masters vying for the seat.

12 News reports:

Flashback from January 6, 2021:

Collin Rugg writes:

QAnon Shaman Jacob Chansley, who was recently released from federal prison for being at the Capitol on J6, appears to be running for Congress.

Chansley will be running as a libertarian candidate according to paperwork that was filed.

The paperwork was filed in the 8th Congressional District of Arizona where Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko recently announced she would not be seeking reelection.

The video below is Chansley practically being escorted through the Capitol on J6.

He spent 2 years in prison for this.

NBC News reports:

Chansley stood out among the Capitol rioters by appearing shirtless with face paint, wearing a furry headdress with horns and carrying a U.S. flag affixed to a spear and a bullhorn.

Chansley had pleaded guilty to a single count of felony obstruction of an official proceeding.

A federal judge in 2021 sentenced Chansley to 41 months in prison. In a sentencing memo, prosecutors described him as the “public face of the Capitol riot.” Chansley was among the initial group of rioters to enter the building, and used a bullhorn “to rile up the crowd and demand that lawmakers be brought out,” the sentencing memo said.

Chansley was released from a halfway house in May.


Per The Hill:

Jacob Chansley, a rioter who stormed the Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection and became known as the “QAnon Shaman,” was released from a halfway house Thursday, ending his time in custody.

Chansley’s attorney, Albert Watkins, said in a statement that he is “now appropriately free to continue in his peaceful quest to heal.” Watkins said Chansley worked during his sentence to take advantage of the opportunities that his plea deal provided to reduce the time that he needed to serve in prison.

“The Court and Bureau of Prisons recognized this effort. I sincerely wish Jake the absolute best as he moves forward with his life,” Watkins said.

Chansley’s release was expected Thursday after he was released from federal prison and transferred to the halfway house in late March. The Bureau of Prisons had listed Chansley’s release date as May 25.

Chansley gained attention as the so-called “QAnon Shaman” for the face paint and headdress he wore during the Jan. 6 attack. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge of obstruction of an official proceeding in September 2021 in a plea deal that allowed for the dismissal of five other charges against him.

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