Published March 4, 2008
Don Shilling, The Vindicator's business editor, was interviewed this afternoon via telephone by Greta Van Susteren, host of "On The Record With Greta" on FOX, about the role NAFTA has played in the Democratic primary election in Ohio. Van Susteren wanted Shilling's take on the effects NAFTA has had on old industrial regions like the Mahoning Valley.
But just before the interview ended, Shilling had a question for Van Susteren: Have you talked to Jim Traficant?
Her reply (with a smile, according to a local viewer who had tuned into the show): I would "love to talk to him." The television host, who became one of the former congressman-turned-federal prisoner's supporters after the trial, said she has been trying to set something up with Traficant, but to no avail.
The former congressman is serving an eight-year sentence for racketeering, bribery and tax evasion, among other charges, and is scheduled to be released in 2009.
After his conviction, Van Susteren interviewed Tish Traficant, who proclaimed her husband's innocence and suggested a federal government conspiracy against him.
But now that the FOX television host has publicly expressed her desire to talk to Jimbo, perhaps the federal inmate will break his silence.
Or, he may send her one of his infamous paintings.