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de Souza: Jokester insults serious voters

Published: Wed, May 5, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)


In sharp contrast to Monday’s circuslike atmosphere created by the Mahoning Valley’s political jokester, James A. Traficant Jr., thousands of area voters participated in Tuesday’s primary election in a demonstration of true democracy.

Government is serious business — and should not be demeaned by an individual, Traficant, who not long ago was a resident of the federal penitentiary.

It does matter that he served seven-plus years behind bars, just as it matters that a jury in federal court in Cleveland found him guilty of 10 criminal charges, including racketeering, bribery and tax evasion.

Traficant filed petitions at the Trumbull County Board of Elections to run as an independent for the 17th District congressional seat in the November general election. He also indicated to reporters that he was going to file petitions at the Columbiana County Board of Elections to run in the 6th congressional district. He said he would hold a news conference.

Members of the press rushed to Lisbon, but Traficant was a no-show.

He and the hapless members of his inner circle may have been in stitches over the way Jimbo pulled a fast one on the press. But, all that Monday’s event proved is that Traficant is not a

serious man.

Residents who took the time to cast ballots, either as absentee voters or in person at the polls, should be insulted that this important expression of citizenship is demeaned so easily by an ex-con.

The Mahoning Valley is facing a challenging time, and it does not need to be distracted.

As the outcome of the sales-tax renewal issues in Mahoning and Columbiana counties demonstrated, taxpayers are willing to give their money to government if they believe officeholders will be good stewards of the public treasury — and will address their needs.

Last November, the voters in Mahoning and Columbiana counties said no to renewing the sales taxes. It is generally agreed that the wording of the ballot language — specifically the word “additional” — caused confusion and even concern. To their credit, commissioners David Ludt, Anthony Traficanti and John A. McNally IV in Mahoning, and Jim Hoppel, Penny Traina and Daniel Bing took the rejection as a call to action.

In both counties, there have been spending cuts, forcing department heads to do more with less.

Has government caught up with the private sector in responding to the national economic recession? No. Are there elected officials who have yet to recognize reality when it comes to spending? Yes, there are.

But, the decline in sales-tax revenue has ensured that business as usual is no longer sustainable.

The passage of the sales-tax renewals in Mahoning and Columbiana counties is not an invitation to return to the bad old days of government.

One more thing: Youngstown Councilwoman Carol Rimedio-Righetti’s victory over Commissioner Ludt should be put in perspective. Rimedio-Righetti is not an outsider. She receives a full public pension from her board of elections service and is paid for serving on council.


1EliotNess_DC(86 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Bertram: The "insult to voters" was Craig Morford's malicious prosecution of Traficant, using the coerced perjury of "Mr. Ethics" J.J. Cafaro.

J.J.'s daughter daughter Capri was facing prison time.

Richard Detore, you will recall, was the Cafaro Company's patent-holding, Top-Secret-cleared test pilot.

In exchange for J.J.'s suddenly recovered memory of having secretly bribed Traficant, Morford ignored Detore's whistle-blowing about Cafaro Company tax fraud.

It is now time for Youngstown to revisit Traficant's public interrogation of Detore before the House Ethics committee. This exchange can now be viewed on the C-SPAN website.


Detore's testimony is damning to J.J. and Capri Cafaro ... and to the ambitious Craig Morford, who springboarded to Washington, DC by prosecuting the DOJ's two most vocal critics: Rep. Jim Traficant of Youngstown and AUSA Rick Convertino of Detroit.

(Note that Atty Gen. Michael Mukasey quickly dumped Morford after members of Congress received faxes pointing to the Detore C-SPAN testimony about Morford.)

Here's a little something that will interest Youngstown ... we'll be seeking to do for Morford and the Cafaros in re: Traficant what this website did to a criminal named William Guttman at Carnegie Mellon: www.PrintcafeSecuritiesFraud.com ... namely, change the public perception, the 'paradigm' if you will, of the Traficant case.

There is soooo much that Youngstown needs to hear about what really happened between Jimbo and J.J. and Capri and Rick Detore.

And the national press will be watching the race between Traficant and Ryan for the next six months.

(Remember this name: "Nnamdi Okolo.")

You're right about this: Jim is an intelligent jokester with a Theater-of-the-Absurd sense of humor.

But the joke is on Craig Morford and the Cafaro 'crime family.'

And the fun has only just begun.

Enjoy the show!!

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2exposed(66 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Big Winners-David Betras, Carol Righetti, Lee Fisher

Big Losers-David Ludt, Anthony Traficanti and George Tablack

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

"It does matter that he served seven-plus years behind bars"


The Cafaros are still leading the way in The Valley and have the clout to do so .

The way that Jim presents himself to the voters will depend on how much support he gets . Since he doesn't have the capacity to bribe anyone he then must convince . Will he be successful in November ? Anything is possible as the people are disgruntled with the way that the country is heading .

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4jfeedling(2 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Eliotness_DC: AKA Rick Detore: get over the fact that your 15 minutes of fame are over and move on! Top secret test pilot....LOL your funny!

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5mrblue(1175 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Win or lose, Mr. Traficant will make the race very interesting. Mr. Ryan, you better be ready for a fight.

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6Cassie(88 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Bert de Souza's fanatical obsession with Jim Traficant, his constant demeaning of public employees, (if I read one more time, "slopping at the public trough" ugh!!!) his fondness for hackneyed language, his venomous judgmentalism and his general arrogance and self satisfaction absolutely amaze me. I would like to say he appears to like being a big frog in a small puddle, but it is more like being a tiny tadpole in a drop of water. You might ask why I read him--I think and I confess with shame that it is the same reason people gawk at a horrific auto accident.

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7EliotNess_DC(86 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Reply to "jfeedling" ... the joke is on you too.

1) I'm not Richard Detore.
2) I'm his backyard neighbor.
3) Detore does indeed have a Top Secret security clearance.
4) Detore is indeed a test pilot.
5) Detore does indeed have a patent.
6) Detore's testimony to Congress is about to become very significant. His "15 minutes of fame" are about to become six months of fame.
7) Likewise the testimony of Nnamdi Okolo is about to become a national issue as the Press begins to cover Traficant nationwide.
8) We'll move on after "Mr. Ethics" J.J. Cafaro, and Capri, and Craig Morford get the credit that they deserve for the crimes that they committed.
9) Here's the sort of stuff that we'll be producing for the Traficant case (it's less of a book than an easy-reading 'comic book' designed for 'John Q. Citizen,' who has a short attention span): www.PrintcafeSecuritiesFraud.com
10) Enjoy the show!

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8Jake(112 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Unfortunately, the "serious" voters of this area keep electing candidates cut from the same cloth, making the same promises and doing things the same way, all the while expecting different results.

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