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Traficant admits scant local interest in casino plan



Published: Fri, February 5, 2010 @ 5:15 p.m.

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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1block50(128 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

'Not currently permitted under....law'. Since when has that bum ever let a little thing like the law stand in his way?

This clown betrayed us all and isn't worth the ink it took to print this story.

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2dtkach44(5 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

If you all would ever wake up and realize that Traficant was the best thing to ever happen to the mahoning valley, maybe you would realize that he is only trying to help us out of the slum we are in.

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3Jerry(500 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Remember Jimbo's plan years ago to convert the Ravenna arsenal into an industrial development? He proposed that, and didn't remember that we didn't really own the arsenal property at the time.

He also previously proposed a canal from Lake Erie to the Ohio River. When he did that, he forgot that there really wasn't much traffic on Route 11, which would have been the primary indicator of need.

He got and spent millions of dollars of taxpayer money on Covelli Center. Once again, it slipped his mind that there really wasn’t a need for it and that it really wasn’t a marketable venue.

He “forgot” that taking bribes for doing his jobs as sheriff and as a representative wasn't legal.

Why would we be surprised that he is now making more proposals, and forgetting to mention that they really aren't legal?

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4rocky14(708 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

I think there is scant interest in Traficant.

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5tookie(64 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

No one has expressed interest it in because it doesn't have a ghost of chance of happening. It's insane that some people and the media are paying attention to this idiot.

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