He’s In! Traficant Will Be On The Ballot


It’s official.

TPMmuckraker’s favorite ex-convict ex-Congressman Jim Traficant will appear on the ballot for his old House seat in Ohio.

A county board of elections ruled today, in a meeting that lasted less than a minute, that Traficant has enough signatures to make it on the ballot.Traficant, who was a Democrat while serving in the House, is running in the 17th District as an independent against Rep. Tim Ryan (D). Ryan replaced Traficant in 2002 when he was kicked out of Congress over 10 felony convictions for bribery, racketeering, tax evasion and other charges. Traficant was released from prison last fall.

He has promised, if elected, to take on the IRS, saying in September that he would “kick them in the crotch real good” and vowing to repeal the 16th Amendment.