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James Traficant will file today to run for Congress, aide confirms

Published: Mon, May 3, 2010 @ 12:12 a.m.

Staff report

  Traficant Press Conference

Jim Traficant talks about casinos, a run for congress, and Pavlik.

Jim Traficant talks about casinos, a run for congress, and Pavlik.


Former U.S. Rep. James Traficant Jr. will file paperwork by 4 p.m. today as an independent candidate for Congress, Linda Kovachik, an aide to Traficant confirmed late Sunday night.

But exactly what time Traficant will file and in what district remained under wraps.

Though Traficant told CNN in late February that he would run for Congress, Dennis Malloy, Traficant’s communications director, said Friday that no final decision had been made.

Traficant, released from federal prison in September 2009, must decide if he’ll run in the 17th Congressional District — currently represented by Tim Ryan, a Democrat from Niles — or the 6th District — currently represented by Charlie Wilson, a Democrat from St. Clairsville.

The 17th District includes portions of Mahoning, Trumbull, Portage and Summit counties.

The 12-county 6th District includes all of Columbiana County and a portion of Mahoning, and snakes down the east side of the state for about 350 miles.

An independent congressional candidate in the 17th needs at least 2,199 valid signatures from registered voters to get on the ballot. The number is 2,230 in the 6th District.


1saddad(655 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Von--you may as well be talking to the dining room table.

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2Jay(6 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

I'm amazed how the people of the valley kiss Traficant' ring. This is a convicted felon folks! Do you want your children or grandchildren to worship him? He's stupid and has brought nothing of any meaning to the valley for over 20 years. But you all fall all over yourselves worshiping him. This is the continuing history of the valley: corruption is okay. That's why we are a 10th class city.

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3valleyred(1103 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

He will have my vote. I never thought I would support him, but after seeing how far to the left Timmy Ryan has gone, I have no choice but to support this Maverick.

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

The legacy of the elected that we have today is OBAMACARE . Yep, this is a cure all where you get fined $1500. for not having health insurance . The IRS does the collecting and there is no way to avoid it . IT'S ALL GOOD AND WILL IT BE GETTING BETTER ?

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5peacelover(839 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Von, imagine the laughingstock Youngstown will be if Jimbo gets re-elected here. No wonder the rest of the country thinks we are a bunch of idiots here! He needs to just find another line or work -- radio talk show host or something, since he is so good at running his mouth.

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6Attis(1134 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Traficant was not the only innocent man convicted and crucified by scoundrels. Now comes the resurrection.

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7drw122(35 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

peacelover , the reason we think people from the Youngstown area are idiots is because you keep electing people like Ryan and Wilson.

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8fcb(463 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

I was going to write a comment,but he is not worth the effort.

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9block50(128 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

A small minded, ego-maniacal, mentally disturbed felon may represent us again. And most sadly of all, the Ill-informed sheep (there is no $1500 penalty for not buying insurance, no matter what Fox News tells you) of the area are willing to cast their lot with him. Sad. Just read the twisted, name-calling screed of immature poster above to gage the emotional level of his supporters. If this weren't so sad it would be funny.

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10131(1 comment)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

It is sad that one can not see how this area is falling apart with our current Congressmen. I think Mr. Traficant can do some good.

--Change can be a good thing!--

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11walter_sobchak(2713 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

I have never voted for Jim when he ran for any office b/c I had no doubt about what he his, where he is from, and who ws backing him. But, when you look at the level of "legal" corruption that takes place in Washington - the corporate payoffs, the political bribery to pass Obamacare, etc. - I would now have to think twice. At least organized crime had some loyalty and "scruples", but what is going on in DC now is obscene!

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12goodoledays(17 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

whats funny to me is how we all forget about our own skeletons we carry around with us everyday. being a convicted felon only says one thing to me.....he stepped on the wrong toes at some point. so far all i see from you hipocrites is bull. this whole valley is just about all felons. some got caught...some didn't. a felon doesnt mean crap in todays society. valley folks have always lived by the saying "if its free...its for me". close your dam hand and shut up. good old jimbo will get my vote for one reason.....he dont take crap like the rest of this dam country. had he been there at the time of 9-11 i honestly believe we would have united around him. he would have never put up with this baby attitude you people have. grow up...felon...geeezzzzzzzz...thats the least of our problems. drugs, murder, suicide, robbery, and on and on. you want to take a stand....stand against the drug dealer next door....yeah....i didnt think so......

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13goodoledays(17 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

i remember a time when jim was sherriff. he had no problem taking controll of the streets and taking a stand !!! go back and look at statisics from then to now. face it folks......without a hand out from our so called local politicians (that didnt get caught) this area would not even close to where it is today. yes, honesty is the best policy so be honest....can you honestly say you never made a mistake ????? like i said....skeletons. dont open that closet door.....there still there !!!!!!! ohhhhhh.....yeah. they are...arent they !!!

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