Thursday, August 26, 2010

Traficant Fights to Stay on Ballot

James Traficant served as a member of Congress for over a decade before being thrown out for corruption in 2002. The Democrat is attempting to make a political comeback of sorts, guesting on news programs proclaiming his innocence. He's also been locked in a battle to run for Congress again, but his road has been rocky. He was kicked off the ballot for not getting enough signatures to run as an independent. Now it seems like he just won't give up:

Traficant, an outspoken former Democratic lawmaker who was released from prison last year after serving time for his 2002 convictions on racketeering, bribery and tax evasion charges, fell 31 signatures short of the required 2,154 signatures to appear on the ballot — or 1 percent of the total number of district voters who participated in the 2006 gubernatorial election.

Traficant is attempting to unseat a fellow Democrat-- a former aide, in fact. Traficant's trial and time in prison have left him a felon, unable to vote for himself in the election.
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