So Jim Traficant held a press conference today. ?Yippee. ?And he’s circulating petitions to decide, based on the “response”, what Congressional district to run in, either Tim Ryan’s 17th, or Charlie Wilson’s 6th, and on which party ticket.

Newsflash to the brainless media. ?It takes 50 signatures to run in a primary for Congress, you might wanna report that in your stories. ?That means it takes Jim Traficant about one day to gauge whatever “response” he’s gonna get. ?Running for US Senate requires 1,000 signatures from across the state, which Jim Traficant cannot get in his dreams. ?Which means this is nothing more than Jim Traficant whoring to the media, who are all too happy to play along.

Here’s what’s gonna happen. ?Jim’s gonna make noise about running against Charlie Wilson in the Dem primary, not file, then run as an indy in the fall. ?Why? ?Because as insane as Traficant may appear, he’s no fool. ?If he runs against Tim Ryan, who gets re-elected with 75% of the vote, every time, Traficant will be destroyed. ?The last time Traficant was on the ballot, in fall 2002, Tim Ryan crushed both him and the Republican. ?Traficant got 15% of that vote. ?Another result like that, and Traficant?turns into a local pariah, which kinda ruins the whole local hero of the downtrodden, thingy.

So Charlie Wilson, better fasten your Blue Dog seat belt for one hell of a ride. ?But honestly, you’ve got nothing to worry about. ?This is all about Jim’s media ego, he won’t actually try to get votes.

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  • Nifty Lawrence

    If he runs against Tim Ryan, who gets re-elected with 75% of the vote, every time, Traficant will be destroyed. The last time Traficant was on the ballot, in fall 2002, Tim Ryan crushed both him and the Republican.

    I'm no Traficant fan, but perhaps that low vote total for Traficant had just a little something to do with the fact he WAS IN FEDERAL PRISON at the time?

    Just a thought.

  • it's a good thought, but Tim's been congressman now for a long time, there's no real republican opposition, and traficant has done little to appeal to voters. he'll be crushed.

  • Nifty Lawrence

    You may be ultimately be proven correct. But as a Youngstown native who was represented for years by Traficant, never underestimate the desire of the Mahoning Valley to see him back in office.

    This is the same guy who was elected & reelected after getting nailed taking bribes from organized crime. That scandal was FAR worse than what he did time in prison for.

    (Er uh, I mean he engaged in a one-man sting operation against organized crime that no one else knew about…)

  • i hear ya, totally. and when i was working for Tim's campaign in 2002, we feared precisely this sentiment, even as Jim sat in prison.

    however, i think the 15% Jim got in 2002 is the most accurate and highest measurement of the sentiment you describe. Tim has given the district nothing but solid representation in the meantime, so i don't see that number going up.

  • Yeah…and a convicted sex offender won;t get crushed in a cuyahoga county council district 7 race…

  • Nifty Lawrence

    If he runs against Tim Ryan, who gets re-elected with 75% of the vote, every time, Traficant will be destroyed. The last time Traficant was on the ballot, in fall 2002, Tim Ryan crushed both him and the Republican.

    I'm no Traficant fan, but perhaps that low vote total for Traficant had just a little something to do with the fact he WAS IN FEDERAL PRISON at the time?

    Just a thought.

  • it's a good thought, but Tim's been congressman now for a long time, there's no real republican opposition, and traficant has done little to appeal to voters. he'll be crushed.

  • Nifty Lawrence

    You may be ultimately be proven correct. But as a Youngstown native who was represented for years by Traficant, never underestimate the desire of the Mahoning Valley to see him back in office.

    This is the same guy who was elected & reelected after getting nailed taking bribes from organized crime. That scandal was FAR worse than what he did time in prison for.

    (Er uh, I mean he engaged in a one-man sting operation against organized crime that no one else knew about…)

  • i hear ya, totally. and when i was working for Tim's campaign in 2002, we feared precisely this sentiment, even as Jim sat in prison.

    however, i think the 15% Jim got in 2002 is the most accurate and highest measurement of the sentiment you describe. Tim has given the district nothing but solid representation in the meantime, so i don't see that number going up.

  • mmc

    Might want to mention JT WAS IN JAIL WHEN HE GOT 15%.

    You better watch out for what you wish for, cause you just might get it.

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