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A namby-pamby statement on Traficant

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)


Published August 9, 2009

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras issued a statement about the impending release from federal prison of former Congressman-turned-criminal James A. Traficant Jr. that can only be described as a joke. It would have been better had Betras kept his mouth shut.

A chairman is supposed to define the moral underpinnings of the party, and in the case of Traficant, the issue is clear: No honest person in the Mahoning Valley can embrace him as a conquering hero. But that’s what his many supporters, almost all of them Democrats, are doing.

Betras’ statement should have said, “Let’s not add to our already negative political reputation by honoring Traficant when he is released from prison on Sept. 2.”

Instead, here’s what the chairman said in a statement e-mailed to the press: “I know that many people hold great affection for him and are anxious to welcome him back, but it is my hope that they will respect his privacy as he rejoins our community. I wish him and his family well as they begin a new chapter in their lives.”

Talk about namby-pamby. Gag me with a crooked politician.

Betras, who hasn’t been the leader of the county Democratic Party very long, must know that his refusal to repudiate Traficant only feeds the perception that all politics in this region are tainted.

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1isaac45(257 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

how does it feel?.... sounds like braying lunatics

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2bobhogue(102 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

I agree with Mr. de Souza.

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3Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

It's not easy for me to say this, but...gulp...Betras is right.

James Trafficant will have paid his debt to society. The fact that there is much discussion of another run for Congress in 2010 suggests to me that there is great dissatisfaction with the current representative.

Would I vote for an ex-con over the current DSP rubber-stamper...you're GDR.

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4Tugboat(759 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Bert wrote: "No honest person in the Mahoning Valley can embrace him as a conquering hero. But that’s what his many supporters, almost all of them Democrats, are doing."

But it's OK for the Vindicator to constantly print stories related to Traficant. Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Jim has severed his time and paid the price . Lets take a look at JJ Cafaro . When Jim was locked up it was business as usual for JJ .

There are those who would rather see Jim spend the rest of his days in prison than with his family . How would one best describe the negativity surrounding his release ? Would he be in the way or have too mich too tell ? My bet would be that people are worried that he would have too much to tell . He will be out of reach of the prison censors .

WELCOME HOME JIM ! IT'S TIME TO ROCK THEIR BOAT !

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6ochi56(29 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Mr. de Souza;
Read the comments in the Vindicator yesterday, Sun. Aug. 9, 2009, 'Welcome home Jimbo' countdown; Specifically, comment #30 by EliotNess DC;
WHAT SAY YOU TO THE CHALLENGE THROWN DOWN BY 'EliotNess' ?????
Read also comments #27 & #32 by the same author. Very, Very insightful.

ps; What makes Mr. Betras think that Traficant is still a Democrat?
STAUNCH Democrats & Republicans have a 'herd mentality'; That's NOT Traficant.

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7Attis(829 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

I am an honest person in the Mahoning Valley and I enthusiastically embrace Traficant as a conquered hero. I also firmly identify you, Mr. deSouza, as an intellectual prostitute.

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8Westsider(215 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Seriously - who really expected more from Btras?

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9Westsider(215 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

That's Betras

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10msell716(9 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Oh, I am sorry. I said I was sorry to associate himself with Ursuline(that was his wife). I mean, Mooney. He is a loser!

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11valleyred(1079 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Uhh DeSouza, I am a conservative Republican that supports Jim Traficant. Most conservatives I know would back him if he ran for Congress over Tim Ryan.

Many liberals I know cannot stand the man..

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12Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

saddad:

I hate to burst your bubble but those who have a passion for thinking have been labeled as conservatives . A liberal is one who makes it a crime for killing a rabbit but views the killing of an unborn child as being a right .

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13redvert(2007 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Whether you like him or not, if Traficant did run and win a house seat, how effective would he be? He would not have the support in congress he would need to accomplish anything. Other members of congress would distance themselves. This is not real complicated people!

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14Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

"Conservatives are not thinkers but liberals are. The Unabomber was a liberal.

You could say that the unibomber didn't think very well . He did have very liberal ways didn't he ?

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15JennyChan(110 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Conservatives great thinkers??? Yeah, that's why most ivy leaguers are Liberals. Warren Buffett....Liberal. Bill Gates....liberal. Most of California where the silicon valley is full of great thinkers.......Liberal. Where are the conservatives? Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and the Mahoning Valley. Enough said!

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16Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

saddad:

"The unibomber was insane."
Aren't all liberals?

Our leader Obama is doing his bit to put the Republicans back in vogue . We will then do our bit in 2012 to put him in the archives .

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17Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

His is not grouped in my circle . Perhaps he was an organizer like Obama . Why are you trying to disown one of your own ?

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18Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

The Unabomber was what is typically known as a grass roots liberal . Today his is being kicked under the bus by his own !

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19epicfail(217 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

"The Unabomber was what is typically known as a grass roots liberal . Today his is being kicked under the bus by his own !"

Kinda like Jim David Adkisson was a grass roots conservative?

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20EliotNess_DC(86 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Bert wrote: "In the case of Traficant, the issue is clear: No honest person in the Mahoning Valley can embrace him as a conquering hero."

That's absurd ... there are intellectually honest people [including one of the jurors] who consider Traficant to be a 'political prisoner' ... particularly in light of the total absence of evidence of ANY Traficant crime.

(What? Does anyone take J.J. Cafaro's word about bribing the man he was scheming to replace in Congress with his teenage daughter, Capri?)
http://www.c-spanarchives.org/library...

(Or Allen Sinclair's assertion that -- receiving and paying taxes on $5,000 per month -- he gave back $2,500 to Traficant and thus did legal work for McDonald's wages? And what about Sinclair's four other not-yet-investigated hidden bank accounts?)

Beam me up, Mr. Editor!

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