I'd like to hear a traficant talk show. He certainly has (or had) the mouth to do it. I'd vote for Traficant, then again I'd vote for a potato before I voted for Tim Ryan so that's not saying much.
Yes, Traficant did some good for the valley. Let's get that said, right up front. He went to bat for the little guy on countless occasions, he got us at least one of the two federal courthouses, as well as the Covelli Center. He was evidently a talented mediator, brokering deals between striking unions and hardheaded, unrelenting management.
We all know the felony charges he was convicted of. We all know his 2-minute-speeches in Congress were frequently so far out in left field that nobody in DC missed them, just for the laugh. We all remember his desire, as Sheriff, to surround the FBI Building in DC with Mahoning County Deputies. We all remember that he embarassed this valley countless ways, countless times. If he has any class at all, he'll bow out of the limelight, and live out the rest of his life quietly. Personally, I doubt he's capable of doing that. God help me, I agree with deSouza's comment - nobody of any consequence or importance anywhere, including this valley, has any respect for Traficant.
"We all remember that he embarassed this valley countless ways, countless times"... If I recall this valley has embarassed itself quite a bit without his help.
If he hosts a radio talk show, will he broadcast the dirt on other talk show hosts?
He is a felon not because he challEnged the IRS and the FBI. He is a felon because he violated the public trust, committed numerous illegal acts and broke the law.
Noone looks out for the working man. It's all about money. Jim did. We need more like him to fight for us not big corps.
I watched the trail and I still think he got railroaded.. Whole lot truth to what I read, The Good Congressmen said at His dinner. I know, Die Hard, Conservative Republicans that Respect what he's done for His District in the hardest of Situations. God Bless someone with Balls.
Maybe there's a chance (Hey, Phil Chance could co-star?) for another "Walking Tall" sequel? Always thought Jimbo might play a decent Buford Pusser...and now, Boom Boom can be the director.
Is Joe Don Baker still alive?
Get on Board!!!!
What I remember about Jim, When he held the badge he broke down doors with his men, he did not wait behind a desk for his men to come back. He went to schools and talked to the kids about the dangers in the streets and getting an education. A person I was dear to could not get dissability but couldn't walk 20 feet across a room, Jim got it for her. When people were loosing their homes, he wouldn't foreclose. When workers were being handed a raw deal from their employer and on strike, he mediated untill the strike was over. On the congressional floor he was the only one who talked common sence (20) years before his time while no others did. He warned of what was to happen and now we are here. He brought us court house, the Covelli center, the 711, and countless other projects. I do not remember any other person doing all he did for this area and for the common every day man, Do you ? Yes he was convicted, but I question alot about that trial. Evidence that was not allowed on his behalf, and countless others including the court room being surrounde by deputies. No other trial in history had that number present, I am sure seeing that while being on the jury had influence. I have seen many others caught doing more then he did ( not excusing it ) but they did not get anything close to what he did. There has been murderers who got less time then he did. All I know he is lucky ! Other men in history who did the right thing for the everyday everyday man were assasinated. Good luck JIm, P.S. Do you here anything from our present elected officials or remember anything they have done lately ?
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