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Convicted Ohio Congressman James Traficant Jr. Dies at 73

James Traficant/umass.edu photo

By  Matt Schudel
Washington Post

James A. Traficant Jr., an iconoclastic nine-term Ohio populist in the U.S. House of Representatives who was convicted on corruption charges in 2002, becoming the second member of Congress to be expelled since the Civil War, died Saturday,  Sept. 27 at a hospital in Youngstown, Ohio. He was 73.

A family spokeswoman, Heidi Hanni, confirmed his death to reporters. The former congressman was injured in a tractor accident on his farm near Greenford, Ohio, on Tuesday. A former aide told reporters in Ohio that he apparently had a heart attack while driving the tractor, which overturned inside a building and left the former congressman trapped underneath.

Mr. Traficant, a maverick Democrat who found his own path politically and seemingly in everything else, was one of the most deliberately outrageous members of Congress in history. Glib and voluble, he was known for wearing cowboy boots, skinny ties and out-of-date polyester suits and for a bouffant mound of hair that seemed to defy gravity.

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Crooked Ohio Pol James Traficant Wants Back in the Game

James Traficant/umass.edu photo

James Traficant/umass.edu photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Apparently you can’t keep a good crooked politician down.

Ex-Ohio Congressman James Traficant, who served  seven years in prison after being convicted on public corruption charges, and was notorious for sporting a bad toupee, filed papers Monday to run in the 17th Congressional district in Ohio, a seat currently held by his former aide Democrat Tim Ryans, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. He was released from prison in September.

Interestingly, Trafficant also told reporters he might also file papers for the 6th District seat held by Democrat Charlie Wilson.

“There is no rhyme or reason to it,” Traficant’s campaign spokesman Dennis Malloy told the Plain Dealer. “This is Jim Traficant we are talking about, not the run-of-the-mill everyday politician.”

Ohio election officials said a person can seek two offices, but a House Democratic leadership spokesman told the Plain Dealer Trafficant would have to pick one district to represented if elected to both.

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