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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.
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Third eye, not familiar with this case. What's the story?

July 07 2010 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is another example of the uncomprehensable arrogance of politicians. He fails to meet the criteria, and so appeals to have the criteria changed to fit his aspirations. After his stint in prison as a covicted felon, is it actually legal for him to run for a public office?

July 07 2010 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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The real crooks in Washington ruined this guy and they ruin people every day.

July 07 2010 at 12:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Go to prison for corruption automatically disqualifies this guy from my vote. Who on earth would want to reward his behavior by sending him back to restuff his pockets? We have some pretty candidates for office and voters as well if this is the best his district can produce

July 06 2010 at 5:53 PM Report abuse +19 rate up rate down Reply

Its a shame what they did to this man. An American who stood for truth and they set him up and tore him down

July 06 2010 at 4:45 PM Report abuse -20 rate up rate down Reply

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