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Ex-Con Ex-Rep Traficant Mulling A Run For Office


Traficant was convicted in 2002 of 10 felony charges including racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion, after he demanded kickbacks from his staff and failed to pay taxes, among other things. He was sentenced to eight years in prison and ousted from the House in a vote of 420 to one.

Since his release, he's remained unapologetic, vowing to kick the IRS "in the crotch real good" and claiming the House cheated in order to expel him.

Traficant has taken on some eccentric pet causes, and attempted to raise money by auctioning some of the paintings he made in prison.