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If Jim Traficant would decide to run again for a federal office, would you vote for him?

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1JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

What about a local or state office?

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2lrb480(2 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

Your kidding!! really!!, This poll is a joke , right!!?

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3Tugboat(759 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

What Traficant did is tantamount to a cop accepting cash or a sexual favor in lieu of issuing a traffic ticket. We wouldn't condone that would we?

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4norm(4 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

This only confirms how pathetic Y-town is.

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5valleyred(1103 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

Hell Yes.... Anyone is better than do nothing Tim Ryan.

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6leftofstr8(33 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

The Question is absurd for a couple reasons. First and foremost, if you had an iota of politics or just the law in general, you would know that a felon cannot run for political office. Second should you really be asking people to show their ignorance in putting a convicted felon back in office where he committed the felonies to begin with?

Let's give the man his due on projects he accomplished for the valley, that may make him a nice person to have as a neighbor, but do you really want someone who knowingly broke the law to be in office again? Let's take it to the absurd level. What you are saying is that because he did some good things for the valley, and he might very well be a good person, we should ignore the fact that he broke laws he knew were laws and feels no remorse for them. Compare that to the gang leader that pimps the ho's and sells the crack to the dealers. Except for breaking laws he knows are laws, he is upstanding in the community. He takes his family to church every weekend, he has donated to St. Elizabeths, he helped clean up a ball park and bought the lights so they can play at night. What is the difference? both did nice things, and both knowingly broke the law. Are white crimes better than other crimes? Think people before you make a mockery out of this area once again and say you are going to vote in a convicted felon.

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7apollo(1227 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

The funny thing is these people then have the audacity to wonder why the valley is the cesspool it is. Why it can't attract new businesses.

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8valleyred(1103 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

Actually much of the reason the Valley is such a cesspool is because of the Democrats running this area. As they raise taxes to fund their ridiculous spending, jobs are lost and business refuse to set up shop here.

You can't blame Bush for this Valley's terrible economy, you can blames the Donkeys for the past 50 years....

And yet, I'd still vote for Traficant over Tim Ryan?
Why? Because he is a maverick thinker and can be thanked for a lot of good in our community.

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9metrodawg(70 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

Let's see: Didn't pay taxes on money he didn't keep. Wow, what a criminal.

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10saysithowitiz(98 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

I'd vote Traficant before I vote Hagan!

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11Tugboat(759 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

Breaking News: The second we stop flocking to the theater to see Tom Cruise, there's no Tom Cruise. Likewise, the second we stop talking about Traficant, he goes away. How do we expect the characterization of this area to ever change if we keep bringing up(and nominating) the political titans who have stumbled.

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12tnmartin(518 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

Traficant is a crook. He was a crook when he was sheriff. Everyone knew it, or should have known it: certainly those of us with involvement in local law enforcement knew it. And the good people of the Valley, knowing him to be a scoundrel, rose up in righteous indignation. And sent him to the Congress.
Now, the Congress is, as Mark Twain said, the American criminal class. But really! people.
Do you wonder why the rest of the country looks down on us as being brainless accomodationists with remarkable levels of corruption? Do you?
Jim Traficant has served as the image of the Valley, and evidently still does. He's a thief and a crook, but vote for him 'cause he's a Democrat, a ''good friend of the working man'' (or, more likely, the 'working girls').
Vote for him? He should have been the guest of honor at a tar 'n feathers party back in, oh, 1982 or so.
The people who voted for him should be ashamed of themselves. But evidently lack the ability to feel shame.

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13babs68(58 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

Wow...Comman sense should kick in. This guy no matter how well people think of him is a crook. As long as he took bribes cheated people out of money does not make him a good person. No I wouldn't vote for this crook.

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14JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

Who denoted my initial comment as a bad comment and why? I was asking a legitimate question: why did the Vindicator specify a federal office? No opinion stated, no position advanced -- just asking the question.

Speak up and defend your actions. What say you?

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15boardmanneedschange(364 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

Ok, listen, Randall Wellington is listed on the congressional record amongst the people who took money from Strollo for his election, yet half of you morons voted him into office. I love that a political conversation can take place here every once in a while, but what sickens me is that these message boards are no longer political conversations with a positive outcome in mind, they are just a bunch of opinions of those who sit behind a monitor and do nothing about the wrong that is happening right before their eyes.

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16norm(4 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

Why would any state or federal gov't entity, not to mention any big business partner want to help Youngstown when they can't even help themselves. Get your heads out of your A*#'s

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17casinoguy(7 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

CUT THE B.S. ALREADY....Jim Traficant in congress is the valleys only
hope for an economic turn around. The voters in the 17th district better vote for him in November. Jim is our only salvation. WISE UP FOLKS...Jim is the only Congressman from this area that has really done anything worthwhile to help us...and HE CAN DO IT AGAIN!

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