James A. Traficant Jr., who served nearly two decades in Congress and seven years in prison for corruption, filed petitions Monday to run as an independent in his northeast Ohio home turf.
Trumbull County elections board director Kelly Pallante said Traficant came to the board's offices around 9:30 a.m. to file the paperwork, which will be reviewed by a July 15 deadline.
The seat is currently held by Democrat Tim Ryan, who once worked for Traficant and beat Traficant when the incumbent ran for re-election from prison.
The 68-year-old Traficant was elected to nine terms in Congress as a Democrat from Youngstown before serving time for racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion. He left federal prison in September. His conviction does not bar him from running for Congress.
So, being a liar, and a felon does not pre-empt one for running for Congress? Makes perfect sense to me - with all the freakin' criminals there now. And why work when you can be in Congress, right?
I can't be the only one in the U.S. who wonders what's wrong with this....