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Traficant calls in to radio show, makes his first public remarks

Published: Sun, September 6, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

By William K. Alcorn

“He has the same spark and passion and brilliant mind.”

Dennis W. Malloy Jr.

Co-host of “The Outdoor Icon Show”

Traficant said he would be interviewed on Greta Van Susteren’s show on Fox News on Friday.

YOUNGSTOWN — “It’s the same human Jim that left seven years ago,” said the host of the local radio show on which former congressman James A. Traficant Jr. chose to make his first public remarks since being released from federal prison.

“He has the same spark and passion and brilliant mind. I believe he will use his experience in prison and as a congressman and a sheriff to catapult himself onto a national platform to help the underdog,” said Dennis W. Malloy Jr., co-host of “The Outdoor Icon Show” with Rob Palowitz.

Traficant was a semi-surprise caller Saturday on the show that airs at 7 a.m. Saturdays on News Radio 570 WKBN. Malloy said he had been told Traficant might call in, but didn’t know positively it would happen.

Malloy, a former Ohio game warden and now regional director of Whitetails Unlimited, said he and Traficant hunted together in the past and became friends.

“You learn a lot about a person’s character when you hunt or fish with them out of the public eye. Through his trial, I felt a lot of people didn’t really know the man. Whatever he does, I think he will be involved with helping the underdog,” Malloy said.

Traficant, who served 17 years in Congress, was released Wednesday from the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minn. Traficant, who was convicted in 2002 of 10 felony counts, including racketeering, bribery and obstruction of justice and tax evasion, did not grant an interview to media while in prison nor since his release.

Traficant said on the show that he can’t hunt during his three-year probation. But Malloy said Traficant loves the outdoors, and the show host expects the former congressman to take to the woods with a camera and maybe his new-found passion for painting.

Malloy said his interview with Traficant was mostly “chit-chat” about hunting and fishing. He just wanted to talk about something he missed while he was in prison, Malloy said.

However, Traficant did mention that he would be interviewed on the Greta Van Susteren’s show on Fox News at 10 p.m. Friday.

Malloy said he was honored that Traficant chose the “Outdoor Icon” on which to speak.

“I think he chose a friend to come out. It was comfortable for him. He is back and part of the community,” Malloy said.

“Love him or hate him, when you meet him, he is somebody you remember,” Malloy said of Traficant.

And a segment of the community remembers him fondly, judging from the reaction to an event in his honor from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman.

One of the event organizers, Linda Kovachik, a family friend, said Saturday night that 1,150 of the 1,200 $20 tickets for the event had been sold, and she expected the remaining 50 to go. She said people are coming from as far away as Wisconsin and Minnesota.



1ytownsteelman(680 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Please learn some grammar and how to structure paragraphs.

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2najjjj(106 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Ytownsteelman, Blogging is about getting your ideas across. I find that those on here that have nothing better to say then to criticize someone elses grammar, actually have nothing of real value to say themselves. There was a lot of truth to what Slavkobatich wrote. Perhaps, it was just over your head.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

"“He has the same spark and passion and brilliant mind. I believe he will use his experience in prison and as a congressman and a sheriff to catapult himself onto a national platform to help the underdog,” said Dennis W. Malloy Jr., co-host of “The Outdoor Icon Show” with Rob Palowitz."

I sure hope that Jim didn't find Islam while in prison and cross the fine line between compassion and stupidity on their behalf .

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4davemyers(11 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Jimbo should get a show on cnn or msnbc......He could spread his views across the country, (whatever they are), and make honest money doing it.

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5dominoman777(57 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

welcome home jimmy( from a vietnam vet)

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6Attis(1128 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

The crucifixion is over; now let the resurrection begin. Welcome home, working class hero. Happy Labor Day!

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7valleyred(1103 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Why would Jimbo want to go on the left-leaning MSNBC or CNN networks?

He would be a perfect fit in the Fox News Lineup. Glad he is choosing the #1 show at 10pm for cable news programs!

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8najjjj(106 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Attis, you really believe it's necessary to make comparisons between someone called Jimbo and Jesus Christ? Like I've said before I can always count on the Vindy blogs for a good laugh. Hey maybe Arlo Guthrie can be resurected also, so he can write and perform an ode to Jimbo, working class hero. Darn, but I think the welcome home dinner was yesterday.....what a great debut venue it would have been. Maybe Jimbo could perform it himself on Rush Limbaugh....a little soft shoe and top hat.....could go a long way in an election attempt. Now that's funny!

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

It looks like Jim will have to take up archery .

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10EliotNess_DC(86 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Um ... Arlo Guthrie is still just as alive and well as he was when I last saw him in Berkeley during the late 80's ... though his flowing wavy hair is now very gray.

Woodie Guthrie, however, has been dead since the late 60's.

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11EliotNess_DC(86 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

I posted this on the Washington, DC "Politico" website: http://www.politico.com/blogs/scoreca...


What if Traficant were, as he has always maintained, truly innocent?

What would an innocent man do differently than Traficant is doing?

Would he apologize for crimes that he didn't commit? Or would he make a second career of proving his innocence -- as Traficant is now doing.?

This is not just a rhetorical question ... for years I have known the two witnesses who were pressured -- but refused -- to lie for Craig Morford (Okolo and Detore), and I know the juror who recanted his 'guilty' verdict (Glaser, who was with us in Youngstown this weekend), and I know Convertino in Detroit, whose career, like Traficant's, was scuttled by Morford's ruthless climb to the top of the heap in Washington.

Craig Morford became a Justice Department 'made man' by silencing the DOJ's two severest critics: Traficant and Convertino.

Where are they now?

Whistle-blowers Detore and Convertino were quickly and unanimously acquitted. (Indeed, the Detroit jury gave Convertino a very public "attaboy" his original terrorism trial victory, a victory that Morford trashed and undid.)

Okolo was deported without a hearing. His testimony was never heard by either the Traficant or Detore juries ... nor was it disclosed to the defense -- which should be grounds for a new Traficant trial.

Two of the Traficant jurors (Glaser and Grodi) have spoken in public about his wrongful conviction (which was largely due the suppression of Detore and Okolo as witnesses).

And despite all the Press hype about Morford-the-Traficant-slayer, Dudley DoRight was quietly removed by AG Mukasey after the Convertino acquittal. (Enquiring legal minds want to know why?)

Morford is now the legal happy face for 'big health' (Cardinal Health) which is 18th on the Forbes 1000 and has a l-o-n-g history of securities fraud.

As in the Traficant case, Morford specializes in helping the real criminals stay out of jail -- three Cardinal executives recently traded $35 million of their loot for their freedom. (After the company agreed to a record $600 million settlement in the class action securities lawsuit!)

The Traficant and Convertino cases cry out for a Congressional investigation of DOJ criminal misconduct -- in the form of witness tampering, subornation of perjury, Privacy Act violations, and obstruction of justice.

The malicious prosecution and wrongful imprisonment of Rep. Traficant was the most serious American political crime since Watergate.

The assault on whistle-blower Convertino is a close contender for second place.

With Traficant's and Convertino's guns now blazing, the fun in Washington has only just begun.

Two words: Congressional hearings.

Four words: C-SPAN televised Congressional hearings.

Enjoy the show!

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12Peanuthead(31 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago


Everyone in the valley should have one of these

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13najjjj(106 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

EllliotNess, I bow to you on the Woody/Arlo debacle. Please, please forgive me.

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14jrbully(16 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago


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15SickofJimbo(140 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Hey Jimbo
Is this true?
"Traficant has repeatedly said he won’t talk to the local print media because his comments would be edited and he doesn’t like how we’ve treated him."

Your not talking to the media because your not that bright.
What were you reading in prison? Oh I forgot you were painting. Jimbo the world has passed you by! You are old news! You, as the leach that you always were, always gravitate to the "15 minute of fame spotlight". What are you going to do? Nothing but rant and rave with your stupid broken English accent. To much pausing between words, once again because your not that bright.

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