Jim Traficant's Political Hopes Not Dead Yet

Whatever is on his head, however, is dead.
  • Whatever is on his head, however, is dead.

Former congressman/felon James Traficant isn’t quite ready yet to pack up his epicly bad hairpieces and fade into history.

Once revered in the Youngstown area, Traficant’s nearly two-decade career representing the Mahoning Valley’s 17th district came to an end in 2002 when he was expelled from Congress and subsequently sent to prison for a laundry list of corruption charges that make Frank Russo look like a slacker.

Traficant was released from prison last September and is now trying to regain his congressional seat, held since 2003 by Tim Ryan. Alas — in July, his petitions for a spot on the November ballot as an independent were rejected after 1,000 of his more than 3138 signatures were ruled invalid, making him 107 short of the required number.

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Vince Grzegorek

Vince Grzegorek has been with Scene since 2007 and editor-in-chief since 2012. He previously worked at Discount Drug Mart and Texas Roadhouse.
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