Will an ex-convict stage a political comeback?

BOARDMAN, Ohio (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Jim Traficant will decide, come Monday, whether he will yet again make a run for Congress - this time as a felon and as an independent bearing the mantle of the tea party.

The man who represented the Youngstown area as a Democrat for 17 years before being convicted of racketeering and bribery was released from federal prison last fall.

The notion of a convicted felon running for Congress might seem slightly preposterous.

But in the gloomy ruins of shuttered steel mills, the name Traficant reminds people of better times.

His former congressional district has been split in two, both currently represented by Democrats up for re-election. He has also weighed running against a Democrat in neighboring district.

If he does run, Traficant must decide which district would pose a less insurmountable race.

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