Nonetheless a shaman, however not the 'Q' shaman: Chansley rebrands for Az Congress bid

Jacob Angeli-Chansley mentioned he isn’t prepared to surrender on shamanism,
however he desires voters in Arizona’s eighth Congressional District to know that
he not desires to be often called the QAnon Shaman.

“I’ve by no means referred to as myself a shaman. I name myself a shamanic
practitioner. I follow shamanism,” mentioned Angeli-Chansley, who rocketed
to fame because the face-painted, horned-hat face of the Jan. 6 riot.

“If I’m going to rebrand myself, it could be possibly ‘America’s
shaman,’ as a result of the QAnon label has been stigmatized with the variety of
sub-labels or subcategories, conspiracy theories, white supremists,
terrorists,” he mentioned. “I don’t need to be related to something that
the media has already maligned.”

That rebranding comes as Angeli-Chansley mounts a bid for the Home
seat being vacated by Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, who doesn’t plan to
run for reelection in 2024.

Political analysts name Angeli-Chansley’s bid a longshot, at greatest, within the crowded,
high-profile race. They usually say it is going to be almost inconceivable for the
man who has been referred to as a poster little one of Jan. 6 to alter his picture.

“It’d be very tough to separate himself from that,” mentioned Paul
Bentz, senior vp of analysis and technique at HighGround Inc.
“The truth that he bought out of jail and … went proper again to carrying his
conventional garb and going to occasions, taking part in being that persona, being
that recognizable determine, that’s what makes him recognizable. I don’t
see him stepping away from that.”

Angeli-Chansley was indicted on six counts in reference to the Jan. 6 riot and pleaded responsible to at least one felony rely of obstructing an official continuing. He was sentenced to 41 months, however was launched after 27 months.

Angeli-Chansley mentioned he’s intent on altering his picture to replicate
who he actually is, not “loopy” or “dangerous” as he says the media portrayed
him to be after his involvement on the Capitol on Jan. 6.

One factor that hasn’t modified: Angeli-Chansley nonetheless desires to remodel Washington, however via the poll field this time.

“In terms of representing the individuals of District 8, look: The
funds are there, whether or not they be federal or state, to appropriate these
issues,” he mentioned. “The factor is, is that they’re being mismanaged.
They’re getting used to strengthen the system as it’s, which is profiting
lower than 1% of the inhabitants on the expense of the opposite 99.9%. So I
search to appropriate all of that.”

But it surely’s a great distance between asserting a bid for Congress and successful the seat.

Angeli-Chansley filed a press release of curiosity final month with the Arizona Secretary of State to run as a Libertarian for the seat. He should nonetheless arrange a committee with the Federal Election Fee,
gather petition signatures to get on the poll and run within the major
for the Libertarian Celebration – the one social gathering in Arizona that holds a
closed major.

The Libertarian Celebration mentioned it usually doesn’t touch upon major elections. However in response to quite a few media requests it launched a press release
Nov. 15 that mentioned it’s as much as the state to find out if candidates meet
the necessities to be on the poll and that the social gathering at the moment “has
no affirmation of Mr. Angeli-Chansley’s eligibility.”

Even when he wins the nomination, Angeli-Chansley could be operating in a basic election in a solidly GOP district the place registered Republican voters outnumber Libertarians nearly 50-1.

He could be dealing with off in opposition to a subject
of high-profile Republicans who’re looking for Lesko’s seat, together with
former Rep. Trent Franks, Arizona Home Speaker Ben Toma, 2022 U.S.
Senate nominee Blake Masters, 2022 lawyer basic nominee Abe Hamadeh
and Sen. Anthony Kern, R-Glendale – who was additionally on the Capitol on Jan.

Bentz mentioned the eighth District has a big variety of retirees who
is probably not serious about an “outlandish character” like Angeli-Chansley.

“Among the messaging he has round conservatism may resonate. However
the packaging, the general place – I don’t assume goes to go over
very effectively,” Bentz mentioned.

He believes Angeli-Chansley’s marketing campaign could also be extra about boosting his notoriety and fame than being a “severe candidate.”

“It seems … that he’s a person looking for out media consideration
and protection to extend his title ID and proceed to construct his model.
We’ll see if that adjustments,” Bentz mentioned. “And (to) have an precise shot at
election requires cash. Grassroots consideration and media protection alone
is not going to get them there. It requires direct voter contact.”

However Angeli-Chansley mentioned he doesn’t plan to take cash for his marketing campaign.

“I’m not going to have the deep state puppet strings on my arms and
again … I’m not going to play their recreation. I’m going to alter their
recreation,” he mentioned.

Mike Noble, of Noble Predictive insights, mentioned lack of funding will
solely damage Angeli-Chansley’s probabilities of successful the aggressive race.
Noble mentioned if Angeli-Chansley ran for a lower-profile seat, just like the
state Legislature, he might “really win.”

“Cash issues loads much less there (at that stage) as a result of there’s loads
much less voters you’ve bought to get to and it’s really very possible to get
to on a grassroots stage,” Noble mentioned. “You will have a greater probability of
seeing aliens this 12 months than seeing the QAnon Shaman get elected to