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James Traficant, Out of Prison, Falls Short in Bid to Qualify for Ballot

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Former Rep. James A. Traficant of Ohio, released from federal prison last year, has come up short in a petition-gathering drive for a bid to win back his old job on Capitol Hill.

Traficant, a tough-talking former sheriff with a wild hairdo, served seven years on bribery and related corruption charges before getting out of prison in September. He fell 107 signatures short in Trumbull County in an attempt to qualify for the November ballot, running for Congress as an independent, his political adviser Linda Kovachik told the Associated Press. Traficant is expected to appeal the ruling.
Former Rep. James Traficant of Ohio
His successor, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), is in his fourth term in a district that stretches from Youngstown to Akron in northeastern Ohio. Traficant served 17 years in Congress as a Democrat, although he left the Democratic caucus in his final term, before being expelled by a vote in the U.S. House in 2002.
Filed Under: Scandal, 2010 Elections

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