Former Congressman James Traficant Says He Is Now an Independent, May Run for Congress in 2010

Ballot Access News:

On February 20, James Traficant said on his radio show that he is no longer a Democrat, that he is an independent, and that he may run for Congress this year. See this story. Thanks to Carter Momberger for the link. Traficant was a 9-term Democratic member of Congress from Ohio.

Also see this story, which says that Traficante is too late to get his name on any primary ballot in any event, but he is free to file as an independent if he does so by early May. He would need about 2,500 signatures in the typical U.S. House district.

11 thoughts on “Former Congressman James Traficant Says He Is Now an Independent, May Run for Congress in 2010

  1. Ross Levin

    Yeah, apparently he got released from prison last September. But at least if they put this guy in Congress we’d know what we’re getting!

  2. HumbleTravis

    Also relevant to this site is the fact that Traficant ran as an independent in 2002. To quote from an old article:

    Traficant had asked to be placed in a federal prison in Ohio, saying he plans to campaign from his cell in an effort to be voted back into Congress. He is on the ballot as an independent candidate for the 17th District of Ohio, but the U.S. Constitution requires that a candidate be an inhabitant of the state on the date of the election in order to be eligible for office.” (August 6, 2002)

    from:
    http://archives.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/08/05/traficant.prison/

  3. Green Party fan

    I’d like to see Jim run as a Green Party candidate.

    He will get media attention. That’s what the Green Party must have.

    Jim’s heart has always been in the right place. Some of his choices weren’t perfect, whose are???.

    Join the Green Party today Jim!

  4. Don Lake ........... ??????

    Green Party fan // Feb 21, 2010:

    Jim’s heart has always been in the right place. Some of his choices weren’t perfect, whose are???.

    Join the Green Party today Jim!”

    So when ARE YOU going to join the Greens,
    the REAL greens ………

  5. Dave Schwab

    Just in case anyone doesn’t know, the person advocating for a politician convicted of taking bribes to join the Green Party is not affiliated with the Green Party. Real Greens want less corruption in government, not more.

  6. Mike Indiana

    Green Party Fan (AKA fake green indy greens)

    “I’d like to see Jim run as a Green Party candidate.
    He will get media attention. That’s what the Green Party must have.
    Jim’s heart has always been in the right place. Some of his choices weren’t perfect, whose are???.
    Join the Green Party today Jim!”

    Instead of advocating that he join the real Green Party – ‘Green party Fan’ – should advocate that James Traficant move to Virginia and join his Indy Greens it seems that an ex-con convicted of corruption would be a good fit for the fake greens, with there fraudulent claims, and other delusions

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