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All Mobbed Up and Nowhere to Go?

By Louie b. Free (Contact)

Published August 11, 2010

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James 'the stain' Traficant REALLY doesn't care about the future, or even the present of the Mahoning Valley. If he did, he'd  stay away from the election process.

Wait two minutes - I do agree that he has every right to circulate petitions and run - but here's a guy that is  a poster-boy for corruption in office.

Everytime congressional corruption hits the news-Traficant's reputation rears it's ugly backside.

Most recently:

CBS Evening News 29July 2010 : The stage is now set for the kind of spectacle that many of Rangel's colleagues had hoped to avoid. The last ethics trial was in 2002. James Traficant had been convicted of bribery and corruption.

Traficant's defense? Point fingers at colleagues who'd been found guilty of having sex with young pages but were not expelled.

At one point Traficant asked, "Is sex with a minor 17 years old rape?" When a colleague began to answer, Traficant continued, "And a felony, sir?"

CNN 29 July 2010:

As a result of his 2002 corruption trial, former Rep. James Traficant, an Ohio Democrat, became the second member of Congress to be kicked out since the Civil War.

Charles Tiefer, a professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, said Traficant's case "hardly even counts as a serious precedent."

At the time of his ethics hearing, Traficant already had been convicted of taking bribes and other charges in a court of law. He spent seven years in prison and was released last yea

I'm still surprised how riled up folks get when I talk about Jim Traficant

Wahington Post :

In a three-day hearing in July 2002, a panel of lawmakers grilled Rep. Jim Traficant, a vituperative Ohio Democrat accused of an array of egregious ethics violations. Ultimately, his colleagues agreed that Traficant had broken House rules and he was ejected from the Capitol. Their decision may have been helped by the fact that a federal court had already convicted Traficant of taking bribes, filing false tax returns, and forcing his Hill aides to perform chores at his farm in Ohio and on his D.C. houseboat.

Now, eight years later, Rep. Charles B. Rangel is facing the likelihood of the same kind of trial before the House ethics committee in September.

Christian Science Monitor: The last such case in which a member was expelled from Congress involved Rep. James Traficant (D) of Ohio. Mr. Traficant, who was charged with taking bribes and filing false tax returns, served a seven-year sentence. In a bid to return to Congress this year, Traficant failed to get enough valid petition signatures to get on this fall’s ballot.

and it goes on and on and on.....


So why is it that when I accurately point out the mobster and the damage done (hmmm, how did Traficant get the gig as the methadone clinic director when his boys IN organised crime were bringing heroin into this area???), do so many become, well, at the very least, upset with me ?

"Louie you don't know what you're talking about...Jimbo was the best representative this valley's ever had. "

"Traficant  brought more money to this area than any other politician did..."

"No one gets service today like we did when Jimbo was in office"


It's hard to un-dupe people - after all - people still believe that the national Democratic party is the people's party.


Again, if Jim Traficant really wanted to do something positive for the Mahoning Valley he would cash his un-earned United States government congressional pension checks and live happily ever after -QUIETLY- here or elsewhere, after all - HE can leave the northern district of Ohio!




1author50(1121 comments)posted 5 years ago

He needs the bread that his lunatic fringe will bring in from campaign contributions. Money will not go to running a real campaign, but for living expenses. That's the only reason he is running.

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21970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years ago

" Mr. Traficant, who was charged with......... filing false tax returns, "

Hmmmm......sound familiar? Well, he actually filed his, so I guess not.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Ah, the dust storm still doesn't cover the image of JJ Cafaro . The Cafaro Company has the clout to keep Jimbo out . Their goals are in jeopardy if Jimbo gets any power .

Let's not forget that JJ Cafaro did the crime but Jimbo did the time .

And yes Louie our area is still mafia tainted up to this very day . The goliaths of the mafia culture now swing their weight around .

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Jessiedavid :
"Stan, If Congressman Traficant had not been owned and operated by mafia style thugs there would be no need for this on-going conversation."

If Jimbo was owned by JJ Cafaro there would have been compensation for taking the rap . He was used by JJ so his firm could reap a government contract . Jimbo was put in prison so he could be muzzled . There is very little reward for knowing too much in The Valley and much less for voicing what you know .

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

The Feds took Jimbo to the cleaners and gave him many years of prison time . JJ Cafaro who bribed a congressman got no time . His organization does business as usual and he merely got a slap on the wrist . Maureen Cronin got Cafaro money and prison time . There is no penalty for bribing a judge so no one from the Cafaro organization got any time . Today the Cafaro organization has enough clout to keep Jimbo off the ballot . Why are they afraid of letting the voters decide ?



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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

JIMBO PAID HIS DUES JJ CAFARO STILL OWES . Is that too hard to comprehend ?

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Jessiedavid :

Have you seen Maureen Cronin lately ? JJ Cafaro is "The Don in The Valley" today and swings the weight . Since JJ bribed Jimbo does this make JJ the victim of Jimbo ? The criminal does the crime and his victims do the time .

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

The mafia in The Valley has evolved . The Cafaro organization is powerful enough to stop all viable investigations against them .

Has anyone seen Maureen Cronin lately ?

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9author50(1121 comments)posted 5 years ago

Stan... please give me your casting call of the remake of the 'Godfather' with local people playing the characters from the book/movie. I'll give you a start.

William Cafaro... Vito Corleone
Anthony Cafaro...Michael
JJ Cafaro... Fredo
Flora Cafaro... Connie

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10Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

The Cafaro Capers are far more sophisticated than the Godfather . Their control in the area is more like DNA contamination within the body . They are embedded right down to the very core .

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11lbf(181 comments)posted 5 years ago

author50 - don't stop there
who are the locals that play the other characters
'Tom Hagan', etc?

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12Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Jessiedavid :

"Stan, Looking beyond what you've stated for a solution, and the best one still is, supporting politicians/judges that are above accepting dirty money. "

Winning elections takes money . The big money can always tip the scales in their favor . What candidate turns down money for their campaign ? After they are in office the next election is a ways off . Do favors or justice for the people rule at that time ? One look at DC tells the tale that politics does not work in the best interest of the people . Special interests get politicians attention with money . Most I suspect is with deals out of the public view . But yet we still look for that politician who will look after our interests .

Has anyone seen Maureen Cronin ?



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