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Traficant earned his day



Published: Fri, August 21, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

Traficant earned his day

EDITOR:

I am writing about the cancellation of Traficant night at the Scrappers. If anyone should have an appreciation night for him it is the Scrappers. Jim Traficant was instrumental in getting the Valley a baseball team.

People don’t have any trouble cheering on baseball players in Major League Baseball who have used drugs, steroids, etc. They stand up and cheer when they come out on the field.

The same goes for the football players in the National Football League. They drive drunk, are involved in drugs and illegal activities, and just get a slap on the wrist for their crimes and we cheer them on.

These are far worse offenses then Jim Traficant has ever done. He has served his time. He has done a lot of good for this Valley and people need to remember that.

PATTY TOWNSEND

Liberty


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1valleyred(1100 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Amen.

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2paulydel(1328 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

It seems to me looking from the outside looking in that somebody had it out for Jim Traficant. But from what else I see from the outside is that this guy got things done and maybe he stepped on some toes of people who didn't like it. I've listened to him talk about issues before and he is a guy that does what he has to do no matter what. He's agressive and thats what we need. We don't need people who follow the party line we need reprsentatives who do whats right for the people and that sounds like Jim to me.

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3EliotNess_DC(86 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

William F. Buckley often skewered his opponents' frequent "asymmetry of indignation." (E.g., they often recognized "no enemies to the left.")

The Cafaro Field Scrappers sought publicity by mocking Traficant seven years ago when he went to into political prisonerhood, yet they are spaghetti-spined with respect to his return from political exile.

This is asymmetrical -- but not surprising in a baseball field named after the Youngstown 'crime family' that was then lusting after Traficant's Congressional seat for its teen-aged oldest daughter.

Traficant's erstwhile adversaries have since become very public figures: Craig Morford having stepped on Traficant's shoulders to ascend (albeit very briefly) to the top of the DOJ, and Capri Cafaro having been catapulted by family cash and connections to the top of the Ohio Senate Democrat minority.

Yet Traficant remains the 'Godzilla' of Youngstown politics.

Should he elect take the 2010 Republican nomination for his former Youngstown Congressional seat, Traficant could shake American politics to the core by forcing a public examination of the Justice Department's fraud upon the court in his case -- something that has never been investigated by either the Congress or the Press.

Bertram De Souza has suggested that Traficant is channeling Elvis.

How about a different metaphor? How about Traficant channeling "Shaka Zulu," the warrior lion king invoked to return from the jungle and drive out the foreign invaders: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fEHgu...

It would be a catchy campaign theme song.

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4Robert_Neville(123 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I would say that Jim had a person that wanted him out of Washington Politics. I can say that Jim has done more for this area then Tim Ryan has in the two terms that he has been in. I do not know if Jim will run for a term again but I am sure that Washington will not like it if the people elect him again. I plan on going to the dinner for Jim and I can tell you that I hope that he can school Ryan on how to handle the people in Washington. I am very active in politics with Washington and they no longer see us as a threat or to help pass any bill that might need to go through. I think that we should have Jim run for his old job and let Washington fear us again..

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