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Traficant will reappear on national TV tonight, attend Valley TEA party

Published: Thu, September 10, 2009 @ 12:05 a.m.



YOUNGSTOWN — James A. Traficant Jr.’s return to national television was moved up to today.

The former 17-year congressman, released last week from federal prison, will appear on tonight’s “On the Record With Greta Van Susteren,” on Fox News. The one-hour show begins at 10 p.m.

Van Susteren came to the Mahoning Valley on Wednesday to conduct the face-to-face interview with Traficant, a Fox News spokeswoman said.

The interview was to be broadcast on the cable news station Friday, but was moved up a day.

Van Susteren and Traficant couldn’t be reached Wednesday to comment.

Traficant mentioned his appearance on Van Susteren’s show at a Sunday event at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman to celebrate his homecoming.

Traficant told the audience of more than 1,200 that he would make “some significant statements” on Van Susteren’s show.

He talked about a few of them Sunday: the loss of pensions and health-care insurance for Delphi’s retired salary employees; the ongoing case of John Demjanjuk, an elderly Cleveland-area man deported to Germany to stand trial as a Nazi concentration camp guard; and Nnamdi Okolo, a Nigerian national who Traficant claims refused to testify against him and the ex-congressman’s co-conspirator, Richard Detore. Detore was acquitted, and Okolo was deported.

Traficant said Sunday he couldn’t discuss those issues with “an opposing print media” in the Mahoning Valley because “I do not want [it] diluted or denuded here.”

Traficant appeared on Van Susteren’s show in April 2002 after being convicted on 10 felony counts in federal court.

Traficant was released Sept. 2 from federal prison after serving a sentence of more than seven years for racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion.

Traficant insisted Sunday that he’s innocent and the federal government “had to cheat to convict me.”

A person on eBay is trying to cash in on Traficant by selling his autograph.

A seller, who calls himself “justcarlo” is seeking at least $50 for an appreciation dinner ticket signed by Traficant. As of Wednesday evening, there were no bidders for the item.

But he’s having more luck with a dinner program signed by the former congressman. He has one bid for $30 for the program.

Both bids end Sunday.

Traficant of Poland will also be the keynote speaker at a Taxed Enough Already party to protest government spending and taxation at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Firestone Park in Columbiana.

Anita Fraser of Salineville, president of the Tri-County TEA organization, said Traficant called her Tuesday to say he would speak at Saturday’s event about “national issues.”

Fraser attended Sunday’s welcome-home event for Traficant, and made initial contact with the former congressman there about speaking at the TEA party.

“I support him wholeheartedly,” Fraser said. “I’m very excited and honored” that Traficant will speak.

A similar event in Hanoverton in July drew a crowd of 1,500, and one in August in Canfield had about 700 to 900 in attendance, Fraser said. A TEA party also took place in Warren on Labor Day.

“This one is going to be bigger,” she said of the crowd — because Traficant is speaking.

Columbiana County Republican Chairman Dave Johnson, who is also speaking at Saturday’s event, said Traficant “will make it interesting.”

Johnson helped organize the Hanoverton TEA party and attended Traficant’s welcome-home event.

TEA parties nationwide have featured speakers discussing their objections to national health-care changes and government spending.


1dd933(295 comments)posted 6 years ago

maybe jimbo will convert to republicanism

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2cambridge(3452 comments)posted 6 years ago

I believe there was a tea party a few days ago in Warren. I couldn't make it. UnAmerican, Search you two are major players in the movement, how did it go?

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3cambridge(3452 comments)posted 6 years ago

UnAmerican....Your a "community organizer" in the "tea party" movement. How about an update. The Vindy published the fact you were holding your get together but didn't follow up on it.

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4cambridge(3452 comments)posted 6 years ago

UnAmerican.....Do you wear uniforms? You mentioned the Warren get together. How many people showed up? Did you speak?

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5cambridge(3452 comments)posted 6 years ago

UnAmerican....Don't get so bent out of shape. I just wondered if you wore costumes like the pilgrims or the revolutionary war solders. Do you chant things like oneth by land and Timbuktu and Tyler too? You should post some pictures..

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6EliotNess_DC(86 comments)posted 6 years ago

Here ya go ... Traficant popup videos appearing on YouTube (this one, the first, is still under construction).


This case will first be retried in the Court of Public Opinion, and then by either a Special Prosecutor or Congressional Judiciary committees.

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7rocky14(777 comments)posted 6 years ago

ProAmerican--Are you a scab?

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8Wanto1014(12 comments)posted 6 years ago

TRAFICANT/DORNAN 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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9saddad(646 comments)posted 6 years ago

Salineville! They are all on the dole down there. Theyve been benefitting from the Appalacian Aid for decades The goofs dont even know where their bread is buttered. And ProAm-well hes just like a dog with rabies.

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10Wanto1014(12 comments)posted 6 years ago

Traficant deserves the Nobel Peace Prize!!!!!!!!!!!

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11Wanto1014(12 comments)posted 6 years ago

Anderson Cooper is a teabagger?

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12JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 6 years ago

For those of you scoring at home (or just keeping score) I've officially added homosexuals to the ever-growing list of people for which pro has professed his hatred. I'm seriously all for free speech but this type of rhetoric is getting ridiculous; does Vindy ever ban people from posting? If people are looking to spread viciousness and hate there are more audience-appropriate places to go than a newspaper website.

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13saddad(646 comments)posted 6 years ago

What is important is that people do just what you have done Jeff. When the wingnuts get mouthy call them out and let it be known that you will stand against their hate and bogotry.

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14Youngstown_Strong(91 comments)posted 6 years ago


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15JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 6 years ago

pro-did it really take your 14 minutes to come up with that last nonsensical rant? I mean, you regurgitate propaganda about the same people literally over and over, I would have thought the bullsh*t would roll off the tongue a bit quicker by now.

What did you do BEFORE your party's candidate lost in November's election? Did you shout at the walls rather than use this website as a pulpit for hatred and intolerance?

You are a crazy person. Seriously. And there are literally THOUSANDS of you out there that walk among us. I hope everyone that reads this at least tries to fathom how scary that is.

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16saddad(646 comments)posted 6 years ago

Yep The whole breed is in trouble. Its Republican Rabies. They are so addled that they dont understand their own interests, they can be overtly hypocritical and glaring boneheads. Remember Craig T Nelson: "I was on food stamps and welfare-did anybody help me out?..No!" Holy cow! But it is fun to have handed a group such a complete shellacking at the polls as to cause their complete melt down.

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17saddad(646 comments)posted 6 years ago

Oh...maybe while having so much fun here I should take a minute to make a very horrifying prediction. There is almost no doubt left in my mind that the U.S. will have another civil war. It wont be in the distant future but soon. Think about what to expect -of the police-the national guard or the army. Thats when it starts to become obvious that its not going to be a matter of some small or isolated civil unrest. It will be a holocaust

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18Lastmanout(64 comments)posted 6 years ago

To answer Jeff's question on the banning of posters, yes, the vindy has banned posters, but only if they are pro union and create problems for certain posters in these message boards., Like CON, spelling bee and crystal ball. All you have to do is look at the number at the top of the thread, a supposed number of posts, and check the number at the last post to see if they are practicing their special type of censorship. I've noticed it mainly in the threads envolving their free press for Henry.

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19Lastmanout(64 comments)posted 6 years ago

I really hate to say this, but the teabaggers phenom is just veiled Bigotry. They like to wrap themselves in the flag, and bring taxation up, but let's face it, it's just a bunch of neo Nazi bs. They can't stand it that a black man got elected.

Look at the faces in their crowds. Angry white folk. Enough said.

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20Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years ago

Lastdogout :

Lets see, death threat and posts that try to cover the data on UFCW . All met with no success . The only success that he had was listing the big A as his occupation on his vindicatorsnightmare login . At least he knows what he is . Since dog sees all of this as pro union any says a lot .

This how the mafia uses a black man . They hire him to do a hit on one of their own who wanted to include blacks into the mafia and then kill him when he finishes the hit .

UFCW merged with a Brooklyn-based Union corrupted by the Luchese Mafia Family

There are plenty of bigots in the UFCW and the mafia . How many black union bosses or black mafia bosses are there ? Can you find one ?


Thus, on his day, Colombo moved easily through the crowd, shaking hands, joking, posing for photographers. Suddenly shots rang out, barely audible above the noise of the happy crowd. Colombo crumpled to the ground, bleeding heavily from the head and neck.

Almost immediately, another volley sounded and his assailant, a black posing as a photographer who only seconds before had been filming Colombo, pitched forward face down, dead. Later identified as Jerome Johnson, 24, he had been silenced by a still unidentified league captain, Colombo bodyguard, or someone posing as part of Joe's retinue. Johnson's killer escaped as professionally as he had carried out his mission, shooting Johnson three times even as police clustered around.

Hysterical spectators either rushed to see what was happening or fled in fear of more gunfire. There were confused shouts of "They got Joe! Joe's dead!" As word that the assailant was black rippled through the crowd, shock gave way to anger. Several blacks were roughed up. One, a musician who had been hired to entertain later in the day, was beaten by five or six men as onlookers shouted, "Kill him! Kill him!"


UFCW merged with a Brooklyn-based Union corrupted by the Luchese Mafia Family

REAP has also revealed that UFCW Vice-President Gary Duckett, wanted for questioning by the FBI as a bank robbery suspect, was found floating in a Washington D. C. river with a gunshot wound to his head; that UFCW Vice-President Leo Cinaglia was convicted in Federal Court of taking bribes from an employer; that UFCW Comptroller Maria Coleman embezzled over $1.7 million from the workers; that the UFCW merged with a Brooklyn-based Union corrupted by the Luchese Mafia Family in 1998; that 5 officials of UFCW Local 174 in New York City were indicted for extortion; and that 2 UFCW Local 880 representatives in Ohio were cited in a $16,000 pay scam.

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21VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 6 years ago

All this vile talk is really disturbing. Remember folks,We are all Americans and live in the same community. Our country's Constitution allows us to voice our opinions here as well as those concerned individuals who call themselves TEA Party people.

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22Lastmanout(64 comments)posted 6 years ago

That's crystal balls famous 'look over there' technique. Anytime someone nails him on something, he tries to get your attention away from it, much like an illusionist. Too bad he's not that good at it.

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23Lastmanout(64 comments)posted 6 years ago

This whole 'teabagging' farce is a concept that was started by those right wingers at FoxNews. It's main goal is to stop Obama from fixing the mistakes that the rightwing republicans have done since 2001. 8 years of republican, big business control is why we are in the mess we are in now. The nation has spoken. We have a president that was elected by the people, we have a congress that was elected by the people. No one is without representation, except those people that the late honorable Ted Kennedy represented, and they are only partially represented. So why the teaparties? If you ask me, it's a chance for those to come out while their sheets are in the wash.

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24Lastmanout(64 comments)posted 6 years ago

I've been telling him he was wrong, but he just won't get his head out of Henry's butt. You know how he gets when he's been liquored up.

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25redvert(2185 comments)posted 6 years ago

Lastmanout "or whatever your name is today" I haven't bothered to post lately cause most of these forums get boring after awhile. I do appreciate that you have not forgotten me. And I do have to admit that you certainly are entertaining.

Well, I think I will go tinker with the vette a little bit. Have fun!

I'm out of here.

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26andersonathan(682 comments)posted 6 years ago

One thing I like about this comment section is you totally rely on Demagods thinking that they are right.

As I have mentioned before this area has no voice in Washington for people like me. Little Timmy and Brown-nose Brown are not shoveling the poo. They are wiping the butt.

Funny thing if you have been paying any attention to what has been going on at all then you will realize the first tea party on April 15th 09 was kinda unorganized but a few hundred thousand people came together for a cause and by 912 a few million.

This last week has been good for those EVIL TEA PARTY people or those EVIL RIGHT WING CONSERVATIVES.

Little wins add up with in a week Van Jones stepped down from his Green Czar job. So it is safe to say Green is the new RED "as in commie red".

School Daze left Obama with no choice other than to change his agenda and speech on a national level. Due to public pressure, that is a big win for the people with a voice.

Wilson was right Obama stood in front of Congress and the nation and told more half truths and bold face lies to us than anybody ever has in a hour.

The exposure of ACORN in Baltimore and Washington DC and how they are willing to go the extra mile.

The fact the Census Bureau had cut off or fired ACORN simple due to fear of corruption in itself a major victory with out public pressure. Even though Rahm and Obama said they could handle it and had the people to do it.

My self I want my tax dollars back. And I would like to see a nationwide investigation into every office, every volunteer, enforce the RICO Act and shut these Community Organizers down for good. Once on a prostitution sting maybe a fluke a "bad apple" same people same sting making prostitution, child sex trade, defrauding the IRS in two cities on just might wonder What the heck is going on.

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27Lastmanout(64 comments)posted 6 years ago

I have noticed that crystal ball likes refering to this website. Unionfacts.com,for all his facts and numbers in his attempt to belittle the UFCW, but were you aware of the dealings that the founder of that website. Take some time to find out about this socalled watchdog group. Looks like they could use a watchdog of their own.


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28Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years ago

It's been fun Lastdogout but the facts remain . The fat cats in the UFCW feast off the carcasses of the rank and file plus what they manage to steal . What a proud heritage your union the UFCW has .

UFCW merged with a Brooklyn-based Union corrupted by the Luchese Mafia Family

REAP has also revealed that UFCW Vice-President Gary Duckett, wanted for questioning by the FBI as a bank robbery suspect, was found floating in a Washington D. C. river with a gunshot wound to his head; that UFCW Vice-President Leo Cinaglia was convicted in Federal Court of taking bribes from an employer; that UFCW Comptroller Maria Coleman embezzled over $1.7 million from the workers; that the UFCW merged with a Brooklyn-based Union corrupted by the Luchese Mafia Family in 1998; that 5 officials of UFCW Local 174 in New York City were indicted for extortion; and that 2 UFCW Local 880 representatives in Ohio were cited in a $16,000 pay scam.

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29Lastmanout(64 comments)posted 6 years ago

It's funny how you keep bringing up ancient history, but even more funny that you call them 'fat cats'.

In that last appearance on tv, ol' Henry looked pretty plump himself. Is that from feasting off the monies saved from his workers benefits and wages? Probably.

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30Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years ago

Donald Hunsucker is no tiny creature .


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