Out of prison, back to Congress? Traficant says he's running. 

Jim Geraghty at NRO's Campaign Spot found this piece in a local Ohio paper on former Rep. James Traficant, D-Ohio, recently released from federal prison for bribery and racketeering:

I’m going to run,” Traficant declared before some 35 members of The Biz Society assembled at the Rosetta Stone restaurant downtown to launch the group’s Youngstown chapter.

Traficant said he still isn’t sure which district he’ll throw his hat in, but he has nominating petitions circulating in three congressional districts –the 17th, the 6th and the 16th. And, the former congressman noted he hasn’t decided on whether to run as a Democrat, a Republican, an independent, or perhaps on another party ticket. 

“I’m going to run for Congress somewhere,” he said...“I won’t have much money,” Traficant told the hushed audience. “I don’t even have a campaign account -- I never raised a lot of money...“Most of you in here are probably sight-seers, and half of you are probably predisposed in opposition against” me, Traficant said. "Having heard me now, [you] are probably overzealous on my behalf -- literally crazed in your support of me,” he said with a smile to laughter from the crowd.

Clearly, Traficant's prison sentence hasn't taken away any of his battiness or his semi-intentional sense of humor.

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