July 6th, 2010
12:46 PM ET
4 years ago

Traficant’s comeback bid halted

Former U.S. Rep. and convicted felon James Traficant’s improbable bid to return to Congress appears to be over.
Former U.S. Rep. and convicted felon James Traficant’s improbable bid to return to Congress appears to be over.

(CNN) – Former U.S. Rep. and convicted felon James Traficant’s improbable bid to return to Congress appears to have ended before it began.

The Ohio Democrat, who spent seven years in prison on a bribery and racketeering conviction, fell about 100 names short of the necessary number of signatures to appear on the ballot as an independent candidate in Ohio’s 17th congressional district, according to Trumbull County Board of Elections official Jodi Dibble.

Traficant had submitted 4,000 signatures before the May 3 deadline, but an analysis by three election boards in the congressional district determined only 2,092 were valid. Traficant needed 2,199 valid signatures to secure a spot on the ballot.

Traficant’s only option now is to appeal the board’s decision, most likely by the end of the month, Dibble said. If that occurs, a full hearing will be held where Traficant may argue why certain signatures should have been counted that the board deemed invalid.

The former eight-term congressman, who represented Youngstown and its surrounding suburbs, told CNN in March he intended to run as an independent because “I see the Democrats are completely controlled by foreign interests and big lobbying money - The republicans are too, but the democrats more so.”

The 17th district, the seat Traficant formally held, is currently represented by Rep. Tim Ryan - a 36 year-old former aide to Traficant who is considered to be a rising star in the Democratic Party.


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Good !!

    He might stand a chance if he used Romney's beautician – ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    July 6, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Stymie

    Agree with you GI Joe–that hair. Sheesh.

    July 6, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. me

    Now, go and get you a JOB.

    July 6, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. HarvardLawReview

    Sounds like one right out of the Obama playbook of ol' Chicago days. If you can't stop 'em, use the law against them. This is exactly what he did to his opponents. Guess this trick works every time. Traficant, you should have known better when you got the call from AxleRod to *NOT* run!

    July 6, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. thor

    Al Franken could probably show him how to come up with some more signatures to make it legal ,if he'd asked.

    July 6, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Big Dan T

    Why not? What is one more crook in congress?

    July 6, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. Hope A. Dope

    It might help if he took that roadkill off his head.

    July 6, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    I don't care for this guy, but it would be the right thing to do to at least let him know there's a family of possums nesting on his head.

    July 6, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Ben

    Thank God! We don't need him. He's an embarassment to Ohio.

    July 6, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Jim in PA

    Holy god! Somebody tell that man there's a squirrel on his head!

    July 6, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. hypocricnnation

    ...Huh! Who? What? ...'Nuff Said!

    July 6, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Rafael

    Something about this guy and how he upsets congress makes me like him!

    July 6, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    Some felons can't vote, yet some can run? Ridiculous! That law needs to be changed! Sitting in the Congress is not a right! and supposed to be honorable!

    July 6, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. Mike in NC

    What a crook! Considering the corruption of his home area (Youngstown, OH), he would represent the political machine of eastern Ohio but not the people.

    July 6, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. Wisconsinite - the GObP Loves Big Oil, But Hates Suffering Americans

    Thank God! And what is that thing on his head?? Looks like a rabbit pelt!

    July 6, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. MR AMERICA

    This scumbag is nuts.

    July 6, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. GuyinVA

    Worst. Rug. Ever.

    July 6, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. NAM VET

    Put his sorry behind back in jail.Law abiding folks have better choices,no cons. We have many in government who should join him.
    This america for the people,you know,the ones who obey the law and
    resist organized crime. Time to get rid of this whole administration
    and all they support.

    "Thats just the way it should be."

    July 6, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. obama victim

    democrat??? felon?? isn't that redundant??

    July 6, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. Wes

    I know they don't allow that or any other hairpiece in any prison. How does he style that thing, with an eggbeater?

    July 6, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    While it is true that many smart [R]s are switching to [D], this guy proves that many dumb [D]s are switching to [R].....just as it should be.

    July 6, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Read your copy!

    "The 17th district, the seat Traficant formally held, is currently represented by Rep. Tim Ryan . . . ." Did Traficant hold the seat formally or informally? Did he wear a tux?

    July 6, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |