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Former state lawmaker Gary George looking to win Congressional primary

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Gary George is doing something on a federal level Tuesday that he cannot do at the state or local level -- run for public office.

The Milwaukee Democrat was allowed to run for fellow Democrat Gwen Moore's U.S. House seat in Tuesday's primaries. But the state Constitution bars him from seeking state or local office -- and he wants to see that changed.

George told the Journal Sentinel that if you've "done your time, and your rights have been restored, then all of your rights should be restored ... no limitations." He did hedge, though, on whether convicted felons should ever own guns again. George said he never thought about that.

The 60-year-old George spent 4 years in prison during the previous decade. That was after he was convicted of taking $270,000 in illegal kickbacks from a now-defunct social service agency in exchange for political favors.

George had spent 23 years in the state Legislature, and had once chaired its most powerful committee, Joint Finance.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)