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Traficant Picks a Party

I’ll have to talk to Kevin Holtsberry out here at CPAC; who writes about Ohio politics at his own blog and Red State, about what this will do for the voting in this particular Ohio Congressional District.

Until then, enjoy the show.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio congressman who served seven years in prison for corruption says he’s leaving the Democratic Party and considering a run for office as an independent.

James Traficant (TRAF’-eh-kehnt) made the announcement Saturday on his talk show on WTAM-AM in Cleveland. He did not specify which seat he was eyeing for a run.

Traficant was elected to nine terms as a Democrat from Youngstown before serving time for racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion. He was released in September.

He called it a “painful decision” to leave the Democratic Party but says he feels the leadership of the party is headed in the wrong direction. He says he’s not referring to President Barack Obama, but to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Previously: “He’s Back!”

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He’s Back!

James “Beam Me Up” Traficant,” who last we heard was expelled from the House of Representatives and was serving time in a Federal Prison for taking bribes and having his aides do things at his farm in Ohio.  He was released in September, and has since then held a press conference or two, and now may try to run for Congress again.

Get the DVR ready if the people of Ohio send him back.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Former U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. revved himself up in typical fashion, then eased off as he spoke for 30 minutes before quietly telling a new business networking group last night that he will indeed make a bid for Congress in 2010.

“I’m going to run,” Traficant declared before some 35 members of The Biz Society assembled at the Rosetta Stone restaurant downtown to launch the group’s Youngstown chapter.

Traficant said he still isn’t sure which district he’ll throw his hat in, but he has nominating petitions circulating in three congressional districts –the 17th, the 6th and the 16th. And, the former congressman noted he hasn’t decided on whether to run as a Democrat, a Republican, an independent, or perhaps on another party ticket.

“I’m going to run for Congress somewhere,” he said.

All three districts (6th, 16th, and 17th) are currently held by Democrats.  I don’t see any way in which Traficant runs as a Republican; if he’s running, he’s going to be some sort of third-party independent.

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