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Traficant attracts sell-out to dinner



Published: Sat, September 5, 2009 @ 12:09 a.m.

By David Skolnick

The former congressman may show up at the appreciation dinner Sunday, organizers say.

YOUNGSTOWN — Organizers of Sunday’s Jim Traficant Appreciation Dinner are confident the guest of honor will make an appearance at the event.

“There’s a 90-percent chance he’ll be there,” said Tony Trolio, one of the event’s organizers.

“We’re really excited about the event.”

Linda Kovachik, a family friend who used to work for the former congressman, agreed with the 90-percent figure.

“Jim’s the kind of guy who shows appreciation to his supporters,” said Kovachik, who’s also organizing the event.

There will be plenty of supporters at the event from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman.

Organizers were selling 1,200 tickets, at $20 each, for the event. As of Friday afternoon, about 1,150 were sold, they said.

There are only a handful of tickets left, and those should be gone by today, Kovachik said.

James A. Traficant Jr., who served 17 years in Congress, was released Wednesday from the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minn., after spending more than seven years in a federal prison.

Traficant, of Poland, is believed to be back in the Mahoning Valley.

“He’s with his family. He needs a little private time” is all Kovachik would say about Traficant’s whereabouts.

Tish, Traficant’s wife, has repeatedly declined requests to comment on her husband.

Traficant didn’t grant an interview to any member of the media while he served seven years in prison. He’s continued to avoid the media since his Wednesday release.

Traficant was convicted in 2002 of 10 felony counts, including racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion.

During his time in Congress he was known as one of its most colorful members for his unique clothing — including a denim suit — as well as his toupee and his outrageous comments.

He was only the second member of Congress to be expelled since the Civil War.


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1Tugboat(759 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

FINALLY! An opportunity for Robyn Gallitto to get a photo with him for her website!

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Slavcobatich, don't hold your breath on the Albanians showing for the auspicious occasion . He has served his purpose for them and is of no further use . Kosovo is now theirs and they haved blasted almost all of the Christian Churches that stood for centuries into rubble .

The Albanians were so grateful for what had been done for them that they planned to attack our soldies at Fort Dix New Jersey .

http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/01...

HADDONFIELD, New Jersey (AP) - Five foreign-born Muslims face new charges, including attempted murder, in a case where they stand accused of planning an attack on the U.S. military training base Fort Dix last year.
In a federal indictment handed up Tuesday in U.S. District Court, a grand jury said there was evidence that the men -- three ethnic Albanians from the former Yugoslavia, a Jordanian and a Turk -- tried to kill uniformed members of the military.

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3Tugboat(759 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Stan: You should Google 'Te qifsha, kurve' to really understand Slavko's comment(s).

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4jtamarkin(37 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Jimbo...Buford Pusser Jr., in some respects...the opposite of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"...were there any Demjanjuks at the party? How about Jews or blacks? (Does anyone recall Jimbo on the Phil Donahue Show? Hello Vic Rubenstein!)

Sure, let's send Jim back to DC. Then he can restart the American Nazi Party? Just what we need in these tough times...the return of a demagogue filled with racist fire, someone to foment a Goebbels-style "turnaround"...

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Tugboat:

I seen what it meant when first posted . I find it amusing . I also know why Slavco feels the way he does . We fought a war for Islam to gain territory and they would love us for it . Right ? They hate us as much as ever .

Christianity in Kosovo was decimated . Is America targeted next ?

The Albanians were so grateful for what had been done for them that they planned to attack our soldies at Fort Dix New Jersey .

http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/01959...

HADDONFIELD, New Jersey (AP) - Five foreign-born Muslims face new charges, including attempted murder, in a case where they stand accused of planning an attack on the U.S. military training base Fort Dix last year.
In a federal indictment handed up Tuesday in U.S. District Court, a grand jury said there was evidence that the men -- three ethnic Albanians from the former Yugoslavia, a Jordanian and a Turk -- tried to kill uniformed members of the military.

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6gmann415(268 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Welcome home Congressman Jim Traficant.
Stan, your comments that you post alays seem to amaze me. you always give the readers facts. thank you.

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7Peanuthead(31 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Everyone in youngstown should have one of these

http://www.zazzle.com/traficant_for_p...

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