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Traficant running for Congress again

Postby chief joe » Tue May 04, 2010 12:59 am

WARREN, Ohio -- James A. Traficant Jr., who served nearly two decades in Congress and seven years in prison for corruption, filed petitions today to run as an independent in his northeast Ohio home turf.
Trumbull County elections board director Kelly Pallante said Traficant came to the board's offices around 9:30 a.m. to file the paperwork, which will be reviewed by a July 15 deadline.
The seat is held by Democrat Tim Ryan, who once worked for Traficant and beat Traficant when the incumbent ran for re-election from prison. There was no immediate comment from Ryan, whose campaign said it was preparing a response and agreed to pass along an interview request.
The 68-year-old Traficant was elected to nine terms in Congress as a Democrat from Youngstown before serving time for racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion. He left federal prison in September. His conviction does not bar him from running for Congress.
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Re: Traficant running for Congress again

Postby Todd » Tue May 04, 2010 1:32 pm

chief joe wrote: His conviction does not bar him from running for Congress.


Why would it? If he should win, he will be in good company with all the other crooks, thieves, and liars....
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Re: Traficant running for Congress again

Postby chief joe » Tue May 04, 2010 3:33 pm

Talk about a mockery! Traficant was a joke in the day. If he represents the people who put him in office, they deserve him, but we do not!
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Re: Traficant running for Congress again

Postby chief joe » Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:45 pm

So much for comebacks. Former Ohio congressman James Traficant has been ruled ineligible for the fall ballot, according to the Associated Press.
The AP quotes Traficant's political adviser Linda Kovachik as saying Trumbull County elections officials have ruled that the ex-congressman -- who recently got out of federal prison -- fell short in obtaining the required number of petition signatures.
Traficant served in the House of Representatives as a Democrat from 1985 until 2002, when he was convicted on racketeering, bribery and other charges. He was best known for his wild hair and signature line of "Beam me up." He was released from prison last fall and was trying to win back his old Youngstown-area seat, as an independent.
Rep. Tim Ryan,D-Ohio, holds the 17th Congressional District seat.
Update at 1:05 p.m. ET: USA TODAY's Naomi Jagoda reports on Traficant's petition effort.


Traficant came up short by 107 signatures, said Jodi Dibble, deputy director of the Trumbull Country Board of Elections. More than 1,000 of Traficant's 3,138 signatures were disqualified.

The boards of elections in the four counties included in the 17th District check the validity of names, addresses and signatures, Dribble said, adding that "all of the counties are all very diligent."

Dribble said the Traficant campaign has yet to submit an official appeal in writing, but the board of elections is preparing copies of the signatures with its markings so the campaign can see why signatures were disqualified. The timetable for hearings on the matter is unclear, she added.
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