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Traficant signs copies of his book at store



Published: Sun, August 19, 2012 @ 12:09 a.m.

By Elise Franco

efranco@vindy.com

Boardman

Ex-U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. spent four hours Saturday at Barnes & Noble here, signing books, posing for photos and chatting with several hundred supporters.

Stephanie Ottey, a Barnes & Noble saleswoman, said the store sold nearly 200 copies of Traficant’s book, “America’s Last Minuteman,” before 3 p.m. and began taking order forms from customers as they waited in line.

Ottey said the signing was the largest at the Boardman store in quite some time, and most people stood in line for an hour or more, waiting to meet and talk to the former congressman.

“Everyone was in such high spirits, and they’re all just really excited to see him and talk to him,” she said. “It’s unbelievable, the support they’re showing,” she said

Traficant’s book, published in January 2011, is a 1,200-page compilation of the one-minute speeches he was known for throughout his 17-year career.

“This book is all my speeches,” he said. “People still write to me and call me, and I talk to them” about topics addressed in the book.

Mike and Carissa Benchwick of Salem said they’ve gone through some of the book and find it to be an interesting read.

“He puts things into a perspective that the average person can understand,” Mike Benchwick said.

Carissa Benchwick said she likes his charismatic personality. “He’s not afraid to offend anyone, and I like that. He’s really the only politician I do like.”

J.R. Walker of East Liverpool said he came to meet Traficant in honor of his late father who knew the ex-congressman well.

“I wanted to tell him how much he meant to our family,” Walker said. “It’s an honor to meet him because it’s hard to find politicians who are truthful and honest like he is.”

Walker said he admired Traficant’s way of speaking that is reflected in the pages of his book.

“He speaks from the heart, and I admire that about him,” he said. “You either like him or hate him, and I think the crowd here today shows how many love him.”


Comments

1southsidedave(4784 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

The public has a short memory concerning political failures.

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2michael1757(279 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

I'd use the pages of his book for kindling. That's all there good for.

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3fcb(323 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Why does the Vindicator continue to give this convicted felon a stage?

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4topsailwatch(64 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Jim is a colorful person and always will be. He took the wrong bend in the road granted, but the wrongs that he committed pale in comparison to some of the "upstanding" private citizens in this area that did a lot worse things than Jim.......and they are walking the streets.

He paid for his misdoings.... now give him a second chance and forgive him for his trespasses !!

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5southsidedave(4784 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

@topsailwatch

You must be joking, correct?

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6tnmartin(243 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

(shaking the head in disgust and dismay)
Yet another in a LONG string of examples of why the Valley has long been a laughingstock, Exhibit A in the "don't let this happen to you" case studies of failed civilizations.
This man is a CROOK! We have it on tape and in court testimony. Those of us around local law enforcement knew it back when he was Sheriff of Mahoning County.

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7Attis(900 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Traficant is not only America's last Minuteman, a courageous defender of We The People against government corruption and global corporate control, he was the #1 political prisoner of those corrupt forces. Don't ever forget that the US Dept. of Justice knowingly sent an innocent man, Demjanjuk, to the gallows in Israel and Traficant was the only member of Congress who had the guts to pursue this sordid case and expose the judicial corruption. His reward was exile from a Congress he correctly called a "bunch of political prostitutes" and nearly eight years in federal prison on fabricated charges in a corrupt court. Jim is a prophet to America and has suffered a prophet's fate. Now comes his (and our) resurrection.

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8ytown1(392 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Wonder if the feds were there to collect all of the money to finish paying for the fines he still owes for?

He may have done the time, but he stills owes a debt to society in the form of money.

Isn't it funny that the Vindy still supports this black eye of the Mahoning Valley. Yes Vindy, this really is not news worthy. What next, you going to do a front page story propping up the truck driver that killed all of those recruits? Why not support a spaghetti dinner to pay for his defense and appeals fund.

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