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Ex-con, ex-congressman Traficant circulating petitions

Published: Thu, December 17, 2009 @ 11:02 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Ten felony convictions for racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion do not prohibit ex-con, ex-congressman James A. Traficant Jr. from seeking Congressional office.

And, the convictions apparently won’t deter him, either.

Traficant said today he’s looking at three congressional districts in which to seek office. He wouldn’t say which districts, though his associates have previously mentioned the 6th and 17th Districts.

Traficant said he’s having Linda Kovachik, a former congressional staffer, circulate nominating petitions.

Based on the reaction he receives, Traficant said he’ll determine by next month if he’ll run, what district and with what party affiliation.

During his first news conference since his Sept. 2 release from federal prison, Traficant also announced he’s working with a group of native Americans to open a gambling casino in the Mahoning Valley.

A previous effort by the Shawnee Indian Nation to open a casino in Lordstown failed in 2005, after failing to establish an historic connection to the Valley.

The group Traficant is working with is not a tribe, but a collection of native Americans. He would not cite a specific location.

For details, see Friday’s Vindicator or Vindy.com


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Let the festivities begin !

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2commyliberal(94 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Moron Alert!

Let all the crazy Trafficant lovers come out of the woodwork and stand alongside the Tea Baggers waving their placards & wearing their tinfoil hats to keep the Government from stealing their nonexistent thoughts.

Woo Hoo! Let the show begin!

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3Westsider(269 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

I swear if this clown is re-elected to Congress representing this area I will move somewhere else - permanently!!

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4tll3023(35 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Goodbye Westsider.. Start packin..

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5sutre821(3 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

seriously, what a joke.

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6ceash(10 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago


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7SickofJimbo(140 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Jim please run against Timmy Ryan.
He's got more baggage and stuff in his closet than Wilson. You could beat him.

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8boardmanneedschange(364 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Traficant has chunks of guys like Tim Ryan in his stool. Ryan is just a puppet that does exactly what he's told, as long as the voters aren't the ones who tell him. Joke of a wannabe career politician and he couldn't man up in a debate on real issues against a sixth grader. Im all for Traficant.

"If you're going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you're going to be locked up." -HST

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9HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Where were the jobs when Traficant was in office philobeto? Jesus Christ himself couldn't bring jobs to the valley. There just aren't any fools willing to invest capital in an area where unions strangle the entity involved.

I hope Traficant runs. He'll get swamped by Ryan or Wilson and then maybe just maybe we'll have seen the last of him. Unless of course dog catcher will satisfy his immense ego.

My guess is his lackey, Kovachik, will find out in the petition process that he doesn't have nearly the number of lemming followers he thinks he has.

Ride off into the sunset Jimbo. Maybe go live with Monus in Florida. The 2 of you can reminisce about the good old days when you broke the law and thought you were above it.

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10Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Right on......

"At least he's more entertaining."

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11borylie(946 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

When Mr. Traficant stood up to his party and did what was best for his constituents I started to respect him. Very few have the courage to do what he did and when he got into trouble his fellow Dems thru him under the bus. Normally they cover their lackey's butts for as long as possible, but not Mr. Traficant's. Current examples Dodd,Rangel and Geithner. Their are plenty more. Ryan is a joke and the dem/liberals love him because they can count on him for every vote and he costs them nothing to get re-elected. They know the people in his district vote democrat regardless of how bad their candidate is. Out of all the crooks in D.C. and in Y'town, I will vote for the one who already served his time, Jim Traficant.

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12commyliberal(94 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Note to news media; this is not news!

Jimbo cant get re-elected, even in Y-town. Why? Not enough old stupid people left to vote for the sh*tbag. Anyone under 50 doesn't give a crap about this windbag. Those over 50 have moved to Florida.

Hey Jimbo, why not move with them & get over your tired old sad & sorry self.

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13Attis(1129 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

On the same day a national newspaper (Wash Post) publishes a long article describing decades of desperate decline in our area, the man who fought against the demonic forces causing the decline and who suffered years of unjust incarceration as a reward from the corrupt powers that be, announces his intended return to the ring. Coincidence? I don't think so. Jim Traficant is Youngstown. His return to the ring is our answer to those bought-off spineless politicians and corrupt corporate fat cats who stabbed this hard-working community in the back. And he, as our true fearless representative, will fight like a junkyard dog to protect and promote this great American community. I'm just sorry we have to wait a year for his landslide victory.

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14candystriper(575 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

... politicians have flawed models of themselves and each other..there is a possibility of an ego explosion in town ...lol.

...keep looking for a leader that can find the edge of this cliff ... not the incumbent with a concession on "crying towels"

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15saddad(655 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Hell--by 2012 we could see a Jimbo/Palin ticket shaping up. Bang-thud

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16borylie(946 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Right on USA! I'd much rather have two people who get things done,than these politicians who talk real good. It's amazing that Obama talked real good in the primaries and now as president. He's just about broken every campaign promise and has accomplished nothing positive as president. Palin/Traficant have a proven record of getting things done. Just because these Ivy Leaguers are well educated doesn't mean that they have any common sense. It just proves that these people are smarter than us, for we keep electing them. Elect them on their record,not on their rhetoric.

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17HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

As soon as the anti-intellectual crowd takes over is the day America declines into third world status.

Palin and Traficant are patriots who get things done? They are nothing more than idiots who are good at playing to the anti intellectual tea baggers (Palin) and unionites. (Traficant)

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18Max(98 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, because the INTELLECTUAL crowd is doing such a great job running the country and the world.

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19YoOhM47(6 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Why is it that in this valley we always justify what one felon does because somebody else got away with the same thing or something worse? Does it really make the one who didn't get away with it not guilty? If (2) cars run a red light at the same time, and the police can only pull one of them over, should he let them go because the other car got away with it? What if your daughter or son was in the car traveling in the opposite direction and was hit by one of them? Would you want them to be held accountable, or let go because somebody else got away with it some other time? Interesting way of thinking. Maybe we should just close the prisons. For every person there, somebody else got away with it.

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20candystriper(575 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

That is the problem with appealing to personal interest, emotions, spin..they are never stable...another flattering liar comes along and Tim is voted off the home owners association board...

Cultured people and the burger flipper demand granite counter tops.

Real estate will save us...lol.

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21HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

USA1 says "The only people intellectuals impress is themselves, union members, democrats, liberals and fools."

It's the intellectuals who've made the world what it is. If not for them, you'd still be a cave dweller, dragging the little woman by the hair, and hunting for food rather than just buying it.

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22Woody(491 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Attis wrote, "His return to the ring is our answer to those bought-off spineless politicians"

Attis, Jimbo was one of those bought-off politicians.

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23theword(342 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

where can I sign a petition?

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24borylie(946 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

The intellectuals made the world? I'd give much more credit to Thomas Edison, Alexander Bell, Henry Ford, and the guy who harnessed fire ( his name escapes me ). Intellectuals of course play a roll in the world, but entrepeneurs, inventors, the ambitious are the type that have always made this world what it is. Hayden, is this the way it happened: Professor Org with his stonewall and colored stone drawing pictures of the proper way to hunt and then turn over your food to the ones who didn't feel like hunting?

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25HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Borylie, you don't think the Thomas Edison's, Al Bell's, and Henry Ford's were intellectuals? You just proved my point. Not only can the lemming non intellects not accomplish anything, they can't even recognize the intellectuals who do. When I say intellectuals, I don't mean just the Ivy grad types. Intellectuals come from all walks of life. Without them, most of you Traficant supporters are still drawing on cave walls.

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26rocky14(830 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Jimbo said he is proud to be an ex con.
We can be the laughing stock of the nation.
Just go away Jimbo!

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27candystriper(575 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Would James D. Watson sign the petition?

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28borylie(946 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Hayden, before you start calling names because you're obviously making a fool of yourself, USA made mention of Harvard as an example of where intellectuals come from. Based on his premise of whose been running our country for the last 21 years and very few being happy with any of these "intellectual Ivy Leaguers". Yes Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2 and Obama 1 & done, are all Ivy League. So the discussion started with it would be good to see the country run by a common sense, get it done duo of Palin/Traficant rather than the intellects. Then you got into calling names such as idiots, tea baggers, non-intellects and lemmings. Then you tried to connect non-intellects to cave people. So what makes an intellectual? Edison was home schooled and no college. Henry Ford, no college. Alex Bell, University of Edinburgh (Scotland). I think USA and myself make a good case for the not so educated and you want someone smarter than you, which makes most of us presidential material.

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29EliotNess_DC(86 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

The fun in Youngstown has only just begun. Time for the public to get educated about the Astounding Science Fiction details of the Traficant trial.

A Traficant run for Congress will do wonders for Vindicator readership in any case.

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30UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Jimbo - you are the joke of the nation and taking the Valley with you. Go retire somewhere else please. Even the liberal idiot Democrook puppet Timmy Ryan isn't stupid enough to support an Indian Casino for the valley.

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31saddad(655 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

I forget, when the mobsters were taped talking about which faction Jimmy would "sit with" was it the Cleveland or Pittsburgh guys he was with?

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32commyliberal(94 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Dear borylie, our founding fathers were intellectuals...ya know Tom Jefferson, Johnnie Adams, Georgie Washington. They were also realists & people who paid attention to deeds not just words. They were people of courage and I suggest you and your brethren who LOVE Jimbo so much take a page from their book and do the same.

Dear USA1, lets try to grow up and be an adult here. How about taking Old Glory off the towel rack and stop wiping your @ss with it every AM after your shower.

Communism never existed...it was always another name for dictatorship. My screen name is there so everyone knows just how Left I am and it also serves as a red flag for you bull in china shop Tea Bagger types who just cannot wait to spout your tired jingoisms the Right continue to depend upon because a thought process is not in your skill set.

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33gleekgal(50 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Mr Jim Traficant, please bring the casinos to Campbell. We have plenty of steel mills that need life again !! Campbell wants you back !! Help us help you !! JIMMY COME BACK !!

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34cambridge(4065 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

I've never been more proud to be FROM (as in left) Youngstown.

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35borylie(946 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

commylib = ignore

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36redvert(2239 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

USA1, somehow I think that cambridge fits in very well in the land of "fruits and nuts"!!!

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37cambridge(4065 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

redvert.....I realize you spend your winters in Florida. That works out well for both states. When you go from Ohio to Florida the IQ of both states goes up.

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38Reader(126 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

I fully support Jim Trafficant, he did so many good things when he was in office. I feel he is truly in it for the people.

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39Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

"Based on the reaction he receives, Traficant said he’ll determine by next month if he’ll run, what district and with what party affiliation."

This only reinforces that fact that even Jimbo has doubts on how much support he has . Will he be viable in DC ? The balloon boy would no doubt gather more attention and respect .

Right now The Valley needs jobs to manufacture goods for export . We have enough entertainment !

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40redvert(2239 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Cambridge wrote:

"redvert.....I realize you spend your winters in Florida. That works out well for both states. When you go from Ohio to Florida the IQ of both states goes up."

I give you credit, that was a good one! Like I have said before, it is fun to joust a bit with one another!

I was impressed on one particular occasion with Jimbo when he went against Clinton on some issue. His reason was that the bill in question "would hurt the people he represented." The will of the people they REPRESENT is what is supposed to determine how they vote. What I haven't ever heard any politician say is that his/her vote is what their constituents want, not necessarily what they personally want.

His typical politician ego is what led to his downfall and I don't know that he can convince the voters that this time will be different. As stated earlier, this is a different group of voters, how do they think? Time will tell.

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41Askmeificare(1170 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

To USA1:

You wrote: "ANYONE could bring jobs into the valley if: the commie unions were under control, if Valley residents would quit seeking handouts from the government, business and politicians, if they abondoned their socialist values and the Demorat Party. If they became receptive to business, it they'd stop their class warfare."

That "ANYONE" bringing jobs to the Valley should have been Tim Ryan. Tim Ryan dropped the ball on getting the Valleys share of Federal money for several Valley projects that would have circulated money and jobs locally.

Also, the Valley actually has a co-operative business + union partnerships in the Valley compared to and unlike the reputation of 50 years ago which plagued the nation, mostly New York City.

Why in recent times has a particular grocer in Poland Ohio been targeted when a more deserving boycott needs to be targeted to a particular grocer on Kirk Road in Austintown Ohio and South Avenue in Boardman Ohio.

Perhaps that is a question the F.B.I. and I.R.S. should be asking.

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42Lifesnadir(164 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

When T. Ryan first got in office, he had (still has?) a staffer named Ryan. I had contacted the office about a problem...was told to write T. Ryan a letter. A few weeks after sending my letter, I called to follow-up. Staffer Ryan acted like he couldn't understand the issue I wrote about in my letter. So I asked if I should expect a reply letter. He said no, there was "no need" to reply!!! So then I asked what he intended to do with my letter? He said it would be "filed"-- and I straightforwardly asked, "Do you mean File 13, the wastebasket?" And he calmly said, "YES" !! I asked if Tim Ryan would even see my letter and was told "NO"!! Tim Ryan lost all of my respect and support that day.

If Jim T. thinks he can ACT to help the Valley, why not? At least with Jim, I'd KNOW that any letter I send wouldn't end up in the trash. Jim would probably knock on my door and want to discuss the issue / problem and get all the facts.

Tim Ryan is one of those pocket doggies Paris Hilton carries in her teeny purse or down her bra.

Jim Trafficant is a bulldog who fights constraint of any leash, when he has to, and stands guard the rest of the time.

So who do we want? A tea-cup doggie who couldn't go pee without being carried first? Or a bulldog who knows where to crap and won't put up with any intruders crapping in his yard?

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43gnemalie(3 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

So, Hayden, do you think Tim Ryan is an intellectual. I mean, he did attend college, and even law school, but what were his grades? They couldn't have been too good, because from what I understand, the guy couldn't even pass the bar (I also understand he tried multiple times). So does that make him an intellectual worthy of deciding for us how we spend our money (because that's what his votes in the house imply), or is he merely a cave dweller who lucked out and had an opportunity to intellectualize himself but missed the mark?

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44gnemalie(3 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Life, Tim Ryan also employs a man named Richard Leonard to the tune of $20k+ in the 3rd quarter of this year (didn't check other years). I'd bet Richard is an owner of McMenamies in Niles, where Tim also spent $12k of his campaign funds - the same McMenamies where underage kids are allowed to enter and drink, where Niles cops go and Niles teachers, and no one questions the underage kids drinking. Corrupt much?

And speaking of Tim's campaign funds, check out how much he spent in DC or gave away to dems running in other states, then ask yourself why he wouldn't have spent that money in his district that is literally starving for money in its economy.

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45AXLE69(181 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Oh ok usa1-Pro-conservterican,now you are a Traficant fan because he has spoken at some of the moronic teabagger teabagging events.How did you fell about him during the 80`s ,when he was the biggest critic in Congress(justifably so)of your conservative hero Reagan?Typical conservative hypocrisy.Not surprised.

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46XFilesX(77 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

WOW. What a loser. Do you think he takes that mental health cocktail they serve at the jail?

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47sistersun(49 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Why are some of you people so judgemental towards Jim Traficant?Don't hate that He is not ashamed nor afraid to speak his mind.I say GO FOR IT JIM you got more for you than against you.There is alot of people that should have Ex-con in front of their names,but they like to stay hiding behind someone else.GO JIMBO GO !!!!!!!!!!!!

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48AXLE69(181 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Don`t worry usa1-Pro-conservaterican,as long as there are less than intelligent conservatives like you in Government,whether they are Dems or Repubs,we won`t have Medicare for all in this country.So using your logic(and I use the word logic VERY loosely),I guess you are calling our veterans,including the ones returning from Iraq and Afghanistan without limbs or severe burns socialists because they are receiving government run healthcare.You conservatives are not just hypocrites,you are anti-American,calling our vets,socialists.How can you use that username usa-1? What a hypocritical disgrace.I suggest you change it again.May I suggest teabagger00.I think everyone can figure out what the 00 means.

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