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TRAFICANT VIDEO, PRINT TRIBUTE | Funeral details to come Monday

Published: Sat, September 27, 2014 @ 1:19 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN - A spokeswoman for the family of James A. Traficant Jr. confirmed that the former congressman died today at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

(VIDEO, PDFs, PHOTOS, MORE : Vindy Special | Life and Legacy of Jim Traficant)

Heidi Hanni, the family spokeswoman, said no details about Traficant’s death or other information will be released until Monday or Tuesday, allowing the family time to grieve.

There’s been speculation on funeral plans, including possibly no funeral, since Traficant’s death seemed imminent following the Tuesday evening accident at the family farm in Greenford.

Hanni said complete plans will come after the weekend.

The 73-year-old former congressman was in "very critical condition" since a serious tractor accident Tuesday night at his family farm in Greenford. The 1943 tractor he was driving rolled over backward onto him while he was still in the driver’s seat, trapping him underneath.

(DOCUMENTARY: Valley documentarian Eric Murphy and actor Ed O'Neil were just finalizing a Traficant documentary. Trailer here.)

Outspoken, outrageous and colorful, Traficant served more than 17 years in the U.S. House as a Democrat until July 2002 when he became only the second member of Congress to be expelled since the Civil War.

That vote came shortly after a federal jury convicted him of 10 felony counts including racketeering, bribery, tax evasion and obstruction of justice.

For more on Traficant, follow Vindy.com and read Sunday's Vindicator for special and extensive coverage.


1Roger_Thornhill(1068 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Rest in peace Jimbo!

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2DACOUNTRYBOY(1228 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

So is there now going to be a truce in the battle against Traficant? Nothing more can be extracted from him as he is now dead. I give him credit for saying what was on his mind in the past. May he rest in peace.

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3Silence_Dogood(1675 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

He was right about one thing, Congress is full of prostitutes.

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4paulydel(1607 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Great comments. Jim Traficant was a true representative of the people. He told it like it was and some people didn't like it so they threw him under the bus. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Traficant family.

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5DontBanThisDrone(1046 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Sheesh! My condolences to the family. :(


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6kurtw(1821 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Well, I didn't care for his politics, but I'm sorry he's gone. He had many good years left in him providing entertaining copy for the likes of the Vindy- which is going to seem mighty hypocritical (I think "mendacious" is the word) starting tomorrow when it starts offering him two-faced eulogies- even though it hounded him mercilessly while he was alive. I don't think he deserved to spend eleven years in a Federal Prison for his crimes. Why? Because they were shared by a large part of the Y-town political establishment which got off with much less or nothing- He just talked about it too much and drew attention to himself (pissing off a Federal Judge didn't help). He should have "minded business" more and kept a "low profile"- but that wasn't Jim's way- he loved publicity too much.

He was, undoubtedly, a gifted politician. If only he'd said "No" to the mob, but, that's hindsight.... the guy was smart and had a lot of talent most of which he pissed away. That's an old story, isn't it?

P.S. If there is a hereafter- which I hope- and he's up there- which I believe: he may have been shady but he wasn't evil and he genuinely cared for the people of the Mahoning Valley- I hope God has a farm he can work and discourage him from the political profession- he did enough of that down here. Time for a rest.

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7Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

THE MEASURE OF A MAN: Not - "how did he die" But - "how did he live" Not - "what did he gain" But - "what did he give" These are the units To measure the worth Of a man, as a man, Regardless of birth
condolences and prayers.

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8kurtw(1821 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Here's something the Vindicator can do which would be truly constructive- educational- and might save a life. Talk about the most likely cause of Jim Traficant's death. He was driving, or riding, a "death trap"- responsible for- I don't know the exact figures- but the deaths of more farmers than, possibly, any other type of agricultural accident (and farms are dangerous places): the old-fashioned "Tri-cycle" style tractor- a 1943 Ford in his case- which are extremely unstable, hard to control- liable to flip- even for people who drive them every day- not to mention part-time "gentlemen" farmers.

There's probably a lot of them out there, because people hold on to them for sentimental reasons- as Jim no doubt did- and they end up being killed by them. You should run a story about this and how the new style tractor- where front wheels are widely spaced- is inherently safer. Best thing you can do with a 1943 Ford Tractor is put it in a museum or call Niles Iron and Metal for a pickup. The things weigh a ton and scrap prices are up...

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