December 31st, 2009
03:47 PM ET
9 years ago

Traficant running, but not sure where

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Traficant says he's running for Congress, he's just not sure where."](CNN) - Former Democratic Rep. James Traficant, who in September was released from a federal prison after serving seven years on a bribery and racketeering conviction, will make a bid to return to Congress.

According to the Business Journal Daily, Traficant told a group of Ohio business leaders earlier this week he is "going to run” for Congress in 2010.

But the former eight-term congressman, who represented Youngstown and its surrounding suburbs, did not indicate exactly what district he would run in.

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

Traficant's former district, the 17th, 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.

Speaking with CNN in September, Traficant said he doesn't expect any help from the Democratic Party in his congressional bid.

"Both parties would not want to see me in Washington, believe me… I was very controversial down there," he told CNN's John Roberts then.

Traficant Declares: ‘I’m Going to Run’ [Business Journal Daily]

Filed under: James Traficant
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Holy Schnikeys!!!! Does that man know that there's a small dog living on top of his head? Have a nice day!

    December 31, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    He's been on the taxpayers payroll for 7 years anyway, so why not let him work for his money. Political criminals continue to be paid while many prisoners' families get nothing.

    December 31, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. WhoisRight

    As a democrat he fits right in with all the others who have cheated tax payers.

    December 31, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Bren

    Don't forget..............

    This is the Obama Administration.........He will fit right in.

    They are probably already contacting him--and welcoming him with open arms!!!!

    December 31, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. A Guy

    what kind of carpet is that?

    December 31, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |