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QAnon Shaman Jacob Chansley, 35, files paperwork suggesting he will run for Congress...


Jacob Angeli-Chansley, better known as the QAnon Shaman who stormed the Capitol in a horned fur hat, face paint and no shirt, has filed a candidate statement of interest to run for Congress in Arizona.

A statement, signed by Chansley on November 9, has declared his interest to run for Congress in Arizona's eighth district as a member of the Libertarian party.

The current representative for that district, Republican Debbie Lesko, announced her forthcoming retirement from Congress last month.

Photos of Chansley's red, white and blue painted face, bizarre headwear and bare chest became among the most circulated images from the January 6 Capitol riot. 

He was ultimately sentenced to 41 months in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of obstructing an official proceeding. 

The Phoenix native served 27 of those months before he was released in March to a halfway house in his hometown - he was released in May.

The US Constitution allows felons to run for Congress, however, Arizona law prevents them from voting in elections until they have completed their sentences and have had their voting rights restored.

Chansley's attorney, Albert Watkins, who has stuck with his client throughout his legal troubles, told 'The world of politics is one which calls for new thoughts, new input, and, perhaps, new attire.'

In a 2021 sentencing memo, Chansley was described by prosecutors as the 'public face of the Capitol riot.'