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Traficant 2010? It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than That.

For those of you who have yearned for the return of an endlessly colorful, mildly dangerous — he once “playfully” smacked a colleague of mine in my wire-service days — James T. Kirk–quoting, dead-squirrel-hairstyle-wearing Ohio congressman, the long drought may be ending:

Former Rep. James Traficant, who was recently released from prison after serving seven years for corruption, said Thursday that he is “proud of being an ex-con” and may try to return to Congress.

Traficant, a Democrat who was elected to nine terms from Youngstown before he was kicked out of the House, said he will circulate nominating petitions in three House districts. He didn’t specify which, but the three districts closest to his hometown are all held by Democrats.

I don’t know about you, but I missed him. If I recall correctly, he quickly got tired of trying to remember which members chaired committees and subcommittees and which ones didn’t, so he developed the habit of calling every member of Congress “chairman.”

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