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Traficant to appear on ‘Hardball’

Published: Tue, September 22, 2009 @ 12:03 a.m.

By David Skolnick

YOUNGSTOWN — Ex-U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. continues his media tour with an appearance on “Hardball with Chris Matthews” scheduled for Wednesday.

Traficant, released Sept. 2 from federal prison after serving a sentence of seven years and a month, will be interviewed on the MSNBC show that begins at 5 p.m.

After the Mahoning Valley Scrappers last month canceled a “Traficant Release Night” promotion for Sept. 2, Matthews said on his show, “Remember Jim Traficant? How can you forget him? ... As Traficant used to say in hearing such news, ‘Beam me up.’”

Traficant has appeared on cable television news shows on Fox News and CNN since his release.

He also hosted a radio show last week on WKBN-AM radio in Youngstown.

Traficant is to host the “Mike Trivisonno Show” from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday on WTAM-AM radio in Cleveland. Before going to prison, Traficant appeared several times on Trivisonno’s program.

Also, Traficant is considering paid offers to deliver speeches and host radio shows, said Dennis Malloy, who is serving as the ex-congressman’s director of communications.

“His value is pretty high now,” Malloy said. “He’s exploring what Jim Traficant speaking to people is worth. We’re sorting through the offers.”

Traficant, expelled from the U.S. House after more than 17 years as a congressman, was found guilty in April 2002 on 10 felony convictions including racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion.



1dano90(3 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

I hope for a new day for Youngstown without this bafoon. The town is trying to move forward with new ideas, new industries, seeing what works for other cities, community involvement programs, and he just drags it all down. His day and time is past. He if wantsto do something- fix the darn roads. Along with Jimbo, Youngstown should be ashamed of accepting pot hole mania- an infrastructure falling apart and highly in need of updating. This is what he should talk about- no one of the forward thinking mindset could care what a criminal thinks. He is not an "indivdual" but a criminal and the babyboomers are ridiculous to see him anything but that. The green spaces on Market Street look great but they sure do not generate revue/taxes to the city. Talk about how to build up a strip leading into the downtown/Covelli Center. What about re-creating the communites within that area, neighborhoods, grocery stores, adult learning centers, after school centers, educating a workforce to compete globally. It really gets old talking about what happened in the 70's -80's and I fully understand you have to know where you've been to know where you are going. But it's 2009 and other cities have recreated themselves on a small scale and so could dedicated people who want or have no choice to stay in Y-Town. Oh yeah, and have Major Williams ease off local drivers with the many traps around this HUGH metropolis. Your citizens would be apt to spend money in a nice restrurant and have a drink instead of avoiding the speed traps and pot holes!! Let Jimbo talk about this-- better yet, do something about it! Then he'll have something to talk about.

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2Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

So how exactly is he supposed to fix the roads if he is not currently holding an office? Problem number one in Youngstown: no money. Problem two: declining population. Problem three: crime. Hate to break it to you, but until you solve your crime problems, there is NOTHING going on the South Side of town. When you see murders on an almost daily basis, it is bad for business. If you have a suggestion on how to fix that mess, I am open for ideas, because I am not even sure how to begin an approach to fixing that there.

As far as criminals, Traficant is a light weight compared to some who are currently sitting in Congress. You have a tax evader with Charlie Rangel (who owes more in taxes than Traficant ever took mind you), another tax evader sitting at the head of the Treasury Department, and yet I hear no outcry from anyone about them, but people in fact support what they do regardless!

You forget Traficant got the Covelli Center money and got things started moving downtown. You forget he got those courthouses built.

Move forward mentality? Try "What have you done for me lately"?

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3rocky14(839 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

The Covelli Center? That's the biggest White Elephant I have ever seen.

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4EliotNess_DC(86 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

"Strong elected representatives bring home more than they allow to be taken away."

It's this sort of zero-sum idiocy that makes Youngstown like a small child whining about its portion of dessert.

Youngstown expects its Congressmen to "fight like a junkyard dog" for 'pork' thrown from Washington.

Thank goodness Traficant was smarter than that.

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5westside(47 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Alex, the number one problem in Youngstown is people like you who have no grasp on reality and spew misinformation instead of keeping their mouths shut. Murders on a daily basis??? What fantasy world are you living in?!?!? This isn't Baghdad. The city has had a grand total of 21 homicides this year. Not 265. Not 200. Not 150 or 137 or 98 or 76 or 50 or even 30.

One murder is too many, but it's people like you who spread this false notion that Youngstown is the equivalent to a third world country. Random acts of violence are relatively rare in the city. Bottom line is, you go looking for trouble, you'll find it. Just like in any other city across America.

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6dano90(3 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Amen Westside. People outside the area have the perception violence is rampant in Y-Town. Crime is crime.. the same everywhere. Chicago cleaned up the crime within some of the largest highrise apartments and now neighborhoods are flurishing. It is great to see YSU is expanding and retrofitting buildings with latest technology. Millcreek Park and Lake Newport need some attending to but is one of the best metropark systems. I've been alot of place and not many communities are essentially build within and around a natural park. This is what he should be talking about and promoting.

While in office, he should have moved the ball forward to pave the roads and the such. Jimbos crusade for the Covelli center and a government building downtown is a token at best. It has NOTHING to do with improving the lives of indivduals within a community. I want o make my point clear that I am NOT looking for a hand out or a "what have you for me lately" from any politician current or former. I can see beyond the smoke and mirrors. My point is NOW Jimbo wants to talk and he is the worst of the worst to rep the area. He has no value to the community as a hole. Now, if he decides to truly listen to the concerns of the resisdents and gets involved at the community level then fine- talk about what you as an indivdual can contribute to improve and uplift the area and by partnering with others. Beyond that I am not interest in hearing his BS. You know the area is what it is and if you are going to live here, then what do you want to see it look like now and in the future.

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7joebag09(354 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

rocky14....you may consider the Covelli Center a "big white elephant", but Traficant has nothing to do with it's management! I personally have enjoyed many pleasant evenings at different concerts there. It was a pleasure not to have to drive to Cleveland or Pittsburgh.

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8EliotNess_DC(86 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

To: sotired
Subject: Q.E.D.!

Tim Ryan, alas, is a daughter-dating Pelosi pork puppet ... something certainly not envisioned by the Founding Fathers!

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