All five members of Iowa’s Congressional delegation voted with the majority last night in ousting Ohio Congressman James Traficant, a democrat, for unethical conduct. Iowa republican Representative Tom Latham says it’s “a very, very sad day…when you have to discipline a colleague.”Latham says it was a difficult vote but he had “no hesitation” in casting his ballot to expel Traficant, who was convicted in federal court of ten counts of taking bribes and kickbacks. Traficant says he’ll run for re-election from prison if necessary. He’ll be sentenced next week and could get a sentence of more than seven years. Latham says he wouldn’t stand in Traficant’s way if he wants to run for office from behind bars. Latham says it would be up to the voters to decide Traficant’s fate.It’s the second time since the Civil War and the fifth time in U-S history a Congressman has been expelled.
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