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Jenrette May Run for Office - If He Gets Out of Prison

September 13, 1985

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) _ Former U.S. Rep. John Jenrette, convicted in the FBI’s Abscam sting, may run again for his old seat if he gets out of prison, says a close friend.

Johnny Harrelson, chairman of the Georgetown County Democratic Party, said he’s been approached by Jenrette supporters about a possible challenge to the Democratic two-term incumbent, Robin Tallon.

″John Jenrette is politically still alive,″ Harrelson said Wednesday. ″If he gets out (of prison) he could make a good run. But his chances of winning, I don’t know. Robin Tallon is popular.″

Jenrette, a 49-year-old Democrat from North Myrtle Beach, was convicted in 1980 of taking a bribe from an FBI agent posing as an Arab sheik. He had represented South Carolina’s 6th District since 1974.

Jenrette, who began serving a two-year prison term last April in Atlanta, forfeited his right to vote when he was convicted. That would not bar him from runnning for office because candidates for Congress do not have to be registered voters.

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