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Traficant bolts from Democratic Party, considers bid as independent



Published: Sat, February 20, 2010 @ 4:21 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN (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 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 last 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


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1quietimtalking(2 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Rats jumping off a sinking ship.

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2hotwings(41 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The teabaggers will welcome him with open arms. They're idiots.

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3Attis(872 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

That's great news. V&M invests hundreds of millions to build a new mill; GM Lordstown is expanding; and Jim Traficant is returning to the US Congress. Great. Everything is coming up roses, finally. A dawn of a new day for the Mahoning Valley. It's been a very, very long winter.

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4AXLE69(181 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Jimbo hasn`t been a Dem since 1993.Should stick to talk radio.Fits right in.His supporters should convince him that he had his day,had a good run of it and it`s time to move on.He reminds me of the athlete that just can`t retire even though his skills have long diminished.As a former QB,he should realize this.He won`t win but will instead help another candidate win.

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5mrblue(970 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

You have a large and a loyal following, but it isn't enough to win. You have had your day, so find something else to do.

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6borylie(782 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

hotwings. Why are teabaggers idiots? What should people do when they're fed up with government and are being ignored? Huh?

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7CCmom(31 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

It seems absurd that he would even be considered as a viable candidate. We need a representative that will be taken seriously, he is not the person. Isn't it bad enough that the area just made the list of most miserable places to be? I shudder at the thought of anymore "beam me up" comments on C-Span.

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8block50(127 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The Valley continues to maintain it's hard won reputation as the joke of the nation. Traficant is a criminal. His supporters are guilty of aiding and abetting a criminal. We've become fodder for late night TV hosts and curiosity seekers from the national news media. Traficant and his hair isn't the joke. His supporters are the joke.

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9UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

JImbo - please just go away. Your no longer wanted or needed here in the valley. Go waste your time trying to get a Indian casino built here. We need a true conservative RepubliCAN in congress representing us now, not a convicted felon who had his chance years ago and still the valley is in the same miserable shape today.

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10MVP(67 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Hey Union, don't you realize that if this idiot runs, he will take votes away from the dems? Hmmm, I finally see a reason to support this self-promoting felon. Nah, I STILL can't bring myself to do it, just go away Jimbo.

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