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Traficant: Will he? Should he?

Published: Sun, May 2, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

As a journalist who revels in the misery of politicians under fire, this writer is hoping that convicted felon James A. Traficant Jr. files petitions to run for Congress as an independent.

But as a 31-year resident of the Mahoning Valley, this writer hopes that Traficant, the former congressman-turned-federal criminal, will not only shy away from this year’s congressional race, but will go away — forever.

The filing deadline for independent candidacies is 4 p.m. Monday. Traficant has petitions for both the 17th District and the 6th District. And while speculation has been mounting about what he will do, Traficant has been coy.

It may well be that he has some ulterior motive for not showing his hand, Or, he could be weighing the pros and cons (no, not the cons as in convicts) of sticking his neck out and having his head chopped off by the thinking voters in either the 17th or 6th. Because, if the former sheriff of Mahoning County does make a bid, he will lose.

After seven-plus years in the federal penitentiary, not even those voters who are blinded by his anti-government screed would risk returning him to office. He might wear his conviction on 10 criminal charges, including racketeering, bribery and tax evasion, as a badge of honor, but there is nothing honorable about him.

The yes-men (and women) who surround Traficant can keep telling him that he was the victim of a grand federal government conspiracy until they’re blue in the face.

In the end, however, Jim Traficant is a crook — which is why having him run for Congress this year is so appealing to a journalist.

If he decides to enter the general election race, he will not be able hide — as he has done since he came out of prison. To be sure, he has dealt with reporters, but by the rules that he has established. He has refused to answer specific questions about his incarceration, his criminal behavior while a member of Congress, his life since his release from prison, and his now famous deal-making with Mafia leaders during his campaign for sheriff.


So, here are some questions he will be asked, and will have to answer — if he is to be taken seriously:

1. You were in a medical prison facility for several years. Was it because you were temporarily cuckoo, or were you being treated for a heart ailment?

2. You’ve long complained that the federal government has forced you to the brink of poverty. And yet, while you were in prison your residence in Poland underwent major renovations, including landscaping. Where did the money come from?

3. Since you’ve been out of prison have you had any contacts with J.J. Cafaro or any other member of the Cafaro family, directly or through an intermediary?

4. Your presence on the ballot means that you will be drawing Democratic votes away from the Democratic incumbent. Have any commitments been made to you by the Republicans who would benefit from your being a cutter?

5. You have become somewhat of a hero to the Tea Party movement, and yet you have directly benefited from the government you now criticize. You began slopping at the public trough three decades ago, and even now as a convicted felon you’re still receiving taxpayer dollars. Don’t you see the irony of your standing up there railing against the intrusive federal government?

6. Your making book with organized crime bosses Charlie and Ronnie Carabbia during your run for county sheriff continues to intrigue those enthralled by the Mafia. Were you relieved when you found out that Charlie had disappeared?

It would be fun to have Traficant on the campaign trail, peppering him with questions that he obviously doesn’t want to answer.

Putrid history

On the other hand, Traficant would be doing the Mahoning Valley a big favor by not running this year. His candidacy will dredge up the region’s putrid political history and will turn the state and national spotlight on us — and not in a good way.

As has been noted in this space, there are a lot of positive things going on in the Valley that are overshadowed by this man who knows no shame.

Do the good people of this region really want him around when the French owners of V&M Star come to town to cut the ribbon on the $650 million expansion project?

Of course not.


1synthelepathy(1 comment)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

I'm not too familiar with this guys history, but want to look into the situation further, I was a bit of a tea party person, but much has changed, it is not what it once was, the corruption takes over what looks like a good thing, that exposes truth on these type of liars. I recently heard traficant on the alex jones show and could see he was brown nosing alex, who seems to have a lot of facts main stream media doesn't sell. My opinion of him is this.. woman's intuition..I don't trust him, and can see he is moving in on a truthful movement that is gaining momentum. The fact is, as soon as truth starts to come out, all these politicians will jump on a growing movement till it smells like a bowel movement!

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2Silence_Dogood(1677 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Like a City of Youngstown Street Department worker it sure looks like Bertram de Souza has been leaning on his shovel this entire week. Maybe we should insist that he take a pay cut like he has insisted the Government workers do. This is just a reguritation of the same tired cr@p that the Vindy has been pushing about this has-been crook of an EX-politician. You wasted an entire weeks worth print space.

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3block50(128 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Hasn't this criminal embarrassed us-and himself-enough already? Give it a rest, Jimbo. The sun has set on you and your phony hype.

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4Silence_Dogood(1677 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

The answer to your question Mr Genius is no, the people that pay his wages are the one's that have the paper dropped on thier front porch every day.Someone like myself. So is it the same in your world as it is in Bert's ONLY Government workers waste time and deserve criticism.

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5Silence_Dogood(1677 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Allegorical sarcasm, try it sometime.

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6Silence_Dogood(1677 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Which word is it that is giving you trouble,Allegorical or sarcasm.

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7RobertAlphonso(74 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

usazero - You must have been turned down/fired from a government job long ago.

You anti-government loons are all the same. Its all "we the people" until those in office dont share your whackjob views or until god forbid employees are paid a decent wage with benefits.

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8Silence_Dogood(1677 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

"I wouldn't be surprised if you were on the taxpayers' payroll"

How right you are, at one time I served in the US Military, so it is accurate to state that I was on the taxpayers DIME.
But then again you must have something against those that have served.

You see I am not just a cheerleader for the USA I actually helped to defend her.

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9Silence_Dogood(1677 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

A Birther, go figure !

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10saddad(655 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

I cant remember the filing of my own birth certificate when i was born. Do you remember yours Useless1? My copy is what I got from my mother and of course if I tried to rely on that you would say that its no proof as i might have altered it. So-to prove my place of birth I would refer you to the records of the state. That is what Obama has done but that doesnt fly for you nitwits either. What exactly do you expect the man to do?

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11UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Traficant would make the valley look like fools again. He should just retire and go away. His indian casino proposal was too over the top.

Jimbo - just go away already. The valley has enough problems getting rid of Tim Ryan without your help.

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12author50(1121 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Elect Jimbo! Then, Anthony Traficanti will become his Aide de Camp, which gets Anthony out of County Government.

Also, Claire Maluso will become his secretary, because she needs yet ANOTHER government job.

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13saddad(655 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

You going to tell us how you would prove the place of your birth USeless?

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14saddad(655 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

You must have a big investment in ignorance USeless1. I dont have any concerns at all about the felon- he is irrelevant. I dont want to see your report cards--though I am sure they are hilarious. I want you to prove the place of your birth- Like any of us--you could only do it through the state or local dept of vital statistics which is what our President has done. Get over it--you and the rest of your deluded right wing fringe

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15saddad(655 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Where were your stupid scum sucking teabaggers when Bush ran up the deficit? Where were they when the 2000 election process was short circuited by the Supreme Court- you didnt have such concerns for the rule of Constitutional law then. We know what you guys are all about.

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16saddad(655 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

You-USEless1 are about nothing but fear and the animus it produces. Your days are numbered. Your type is on the verge of distinction when it comes to ruling America. The numbers are against you and you better start praying that those taking over treat you better than your kind treated them

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17saddad(655 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

ah--make that extinction

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18cambridge(4158 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

saddad....Your just uninformed. Don't you know that this conspiracy to take over the country started in that hut in Kenya almost fifty years ago.

One of the first steps was to plant a phony birth certificate and fake birth announcements in news papers in Hawaii.

You need to listen to Rush and the Fix Noise Network if you want to keep up.

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19cambridge(4158 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

USEless1...."What will November bring?

After the November elections the Democrats will still have a majority in the Senate, the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi will still be Speaker of the House and Obama will still be President of the United States of America.

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