Traficant to Run for Congress as an Independent

James Traficant, a former Democratic representative in Congress from Youngstown, was released from federal prison in September after serving seven years on a bribery and racketeering conviction. On Tuesday, he revealed that he is seeking to return to Congress, but this time he will run as an independent.
Speaking with CNN's Kyra Philips, Traficant revealed:

"I will be running for congress…as an independent. I have been a Democrat all my life, and quite frankly I am disgusted with both parties. I hate to say this. My father is rolling over in his grave, a truck driver."

Traficant, who served eight terms in Congress, did not say which district he would be running in. Local television station WFMJ, however, reports that he will be running in either the state's 6th or 17th congressional district.

The 6th congressional district was formerly represented by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, and is currently represented by two-term Democrat Charlie Wilson. Traficant formally held the seat in the 17th district, which is now held by Rep. Tim Ryan. Ryan, 36, was a former aide to Traficant and is considered to be a rising star in the Democratic Party.

Speaking on why he decided to run as an Independent, Traficant said:

"I see the Democrats are completely controlled by foreign interests and big lobbying money. The republicans are too, but the democrats more so. I hypocritically cannot accept that."

He has until early May to formally file as an Independent in the district of his choice.


#1 do something with your hair. You look like a complete and total asshole. From what I've seen, you must be taking money from both Democrats and Republicans to look like such a stooge to run against them. You look so bad you make the current idiots in office look good. That's what makes me think you're on the take from them.
[You're a joke. Nobody with half a brain would ever vote for you.

You are a joke. You would vote on someone based on their hair style. Do some research, its because of ignorant people like you the country is where its at.

Traficant had been an independent, courageous voice in a Congress controlled by special interest lobby groups like AIPAC where no member of congress dares to question aid to Israel even at a time when the US is heavily in debt. Traficant's main concern had been to serve the American people: he was against fighting wars that had nothing to do with American national interests, he fought the IRS to give more breaks to American tax payers. He was subsequently set up and thrown in jail for crimes he did not commit. He refused pardon so as not to admit to those fabricated crimes. No physical evidence was brought against him, just false testimonies by coerced witnesses while Traficant was not allowed any of his own witnesses for defense. There is no justice in the "Justice" Department.

I've known Jim for many years and I know his case. He was railroaded into jail and witnesses were told to lie under oath. He had powerful political enemies: he was the congressman who put the burden of proof put on the IRS instead of the taxpayer and home foreclosures and wage garnishments declined steeply. AIPAC was on his back for helping an innocent man, John Demjanjuk, and for opposing foreign aid to Israel (as well as any other nation for that matter). Folks, study the history of governments and power - the Soviet Union, China, Nazi Germany for starters. Political prisoners are nothing new.

I was in elementary school when James Trafficant first entered office in 1985. My parents watched the local news each night. I distinctly remember him having his own fashion style. I won’t criticize him for that like so many others do. Does anyone remember seeing the sign behind the desk in his office that had a picture of a bull defecating with a line crossed through it? I have to admit I always chuckle at the thought.

Unfortunately, the fact is, James Trafficant is a convicted criminal. He was convicted of taking bribes, falsifying tax returns, racketeering and using government personnel for personal use.

I am uninterested in listening to the people who claim he is innocent. It is totally unimportant to me. He was found to be guilty. If the accusations were/are false he was at least guilty of bad judgment and not having the best interests of his constituency in mind.

I am a republican and have lived in the Mahoning Valley my whole life. Republicans are currently in the minority locally.

But, I would rather see Tim Ryan, the Democrat incumbent, reelected than Trafficant. Ryan has worked hard for the community over the past several years even though I don’t agree with his politics.

I think everyone is entitled to their opinion. But, in my opinion, reelecting Trafficant, or even voting for Trafficant, is just a bad decision for the community.

I hope Jim gets elected. It will prove the people of Ohio still have their heads screwed on right and haven't drunk the government Kool-aid. Traficant speaks truth to power and power doesn't like it much.

Lets get Traficant in office and get Goldman Sachs out of government.

Not only is this persecuted truth teller a great American, he is a great humanitarian. He cares for the down trodden and the oppresed (a.k.a. John D), and stands up against the wretched recalcitrant Jew who refuses to be a team player with the rest of humanity, and seeks only what is best for them.

I see a coin, the same coin Jim sees, and it has the star of david on one side, and the Crescent moon on the other. This is the coin that unlocks the beast of inhuman behavior, and is the same coin that can bring down all of humanity.

Jim, help us melt this coin to nothing, and use the metal to build a better America, not leave the coin alone, so that it can destroy America.