Traficant admits scant local interest in casino plan

NORTH JACKSON — Ex-U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. admits his proposals to bring an Indian gambling casino to a site in Lordstown has failed to attract even the slightest bit of interest from Mahoning Valley business leaders.

“It’s public knowledge what our pursuit is and not one [local] business owner has called me,” Traficant said today at a press conference at Dino’s Italian Restaurant in North Jackson to discuss the casino proposal. “We’ve sent out enough feelers.”

Also, besides a call from Mahoning County Commissioner David Ludt offering assistance, if it’s needed, Traficant said he hasn’t been contacted by any other local politician about the proposal.

Traficant claimed he’s making progress on funding for the proposed casino that would cost about $100 million to open with the money coming from “equity bankers,” but declined to say if he has any financial commitments.

“I’m hoping the private money from equity bankers will come through,” he said.

Traficant didn’t respond to a question asking if he thought the reason for the silence is the casino is not currently permitted under state and federal law.

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