Report: Former Rep. Jim Traficant disqualified from seeking old seat

Former Rep. Jim Traficant came up short of the signatures needed to launch his next bid for Congress, according to reports Tuesday.

The Ohio Democrat, who spent seven years in prison for corruption, had been trying to mount an independent bid for Congress to run against his former aide, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio). 

But Traficant’s political, adviser Linda Kovachik, told the Associated Press the Trumbull County elections board ruled he did not collect the signatures required to get on the ballot for the fall midterm elections. 

She said Traficant expected to repeal the decision. 

The former congressman had been gathering signatures for some time, but it became evident this weekend he could have come up short.