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Strange political bedfellows

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published September 13, 2009

David Johnson is a well-known business owner in Columbiana County and is one of the leading conservative Republican politicians in the state of Ohio as chairman of the county GOP. Johnson's philosophy when it comes to business is well known: Leave us alone and stop taxing us

And that prompts the question: What is he doing embracing James A. Traficant Jr., the former congressman-turned-criminal who led the charge while in Congress to tax the overseas profits of American companies? The answer: It's all about political expediency.

Johnson wants to unseat 6th District Democratic Congressman Charlie Wilson — the district includes Columbiana County and a bunch of other counties — but knows a Republican challenger would have a tough time next year against the millionaire businessman.

However, with Traficant in the race as an Independent — even though he's a convicted felon he can still run for Congress — the GOP's chances of victory would be much improved in the toss-up district.

Indeed, Johnson would not object to Traficant's winning the seat because he knows the mercurial politico would be a thorn in the side of the Democratic majority in the House, even though he's a registered Democrat.

You've got to give Dave Johnson credit. He certainly knows how to play Traficant and he's been doing that ever since the federal convict was released from prison on Sept. 2.

Politics does make strange bedfellows.



1Tugboat(759 comments)posted 6 years ago

A quote from another reader long ago:
"You people who like to argue along party lines are the fuel that drives this corrupt politically driven country that we are watching regress at an exponential rate. The politicians want you to take sides politically because then they can sit back and watch the underlings flail while their pockets keep getting fat. The entire system is scrwed up and it has been for decades. But in the interest of our own self demise, keep yelling R or D and I'll see you in the bread line."

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2ytownLADY79(26 comments)posted 6 years ago

OMG! ROFL! Another article about Traficant by Bertram!?! I can't wait to see what he writes about next week. Anyone care to place a wager? The smart money is on...TRAFICANT!

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3thepotstirrer(67 comments)posted 6 years ago

Hey Bert,
Why not cover the scandal with ACORN or the 1.5 + Million People who journeyed to DC on Saturday for the National Tea Party? I do not see a mention of either of these topics throughout this paper. Are you guys on an extended 'Labor' Day vacation? I cannot imagine you have not seen these two events in the last couple of newscycles?


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4SickofJimbo(140 comments)posted 6 years ago

Hey Jimbo
Is this true?
"Traficant has repeatedly said he won’t talk to the local print media because his comments would be edited and he doesn’t like how we’ve treated him."

Your not talking to the media because your not that bright.
What were you reading in prison? Oh I forgot you were painting. Jimbo the world has passed you by! You are old news! You, as the leach that you always were, always gravitate to the "15 minute of fame spotlight". What are you going to do? Nothing but rant and rave with your stupid broken English accent. To much pausing between words, once again because your not that bright.

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5UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 6 years ago

Jimbo need to replace Timmy Ryan, not Wilson in congress. Timmy is as useless as a teat on a boar hog. What has he done for the valley - NOTHING!!!

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6mikeymike(469 comments)posted 6 years ago

Union Forever you are 100% correct,Tim Ryan does nothing to help the valley.He forgets that we put him in Congress and we could vote him out just as fast.

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7SickofJimbo(140 comments)posted 6 years ago

I agree Tim Ryan does nothing to help the valley.He forgets that we put him in Congress and we will vote him out. He's a follower not a leader.
He and Pelosi are strange bedfellows (no pun intended).

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8VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 6 years ago

Discussions in politics and religion has kept this country in mass hysteria for many, many years and it seems to be getting worse. We have no common cause to hang our hats on. Only wars have solidified our resolve. We are a country of many and we always will be. We need to get over than and understand our neighbors have the right to feel differently and it is one of the foundations of this country. We need to temper our thoughts of others' opinions. Meanwhile, I will continue to add my 2 cents, as I enjoy that right as much as I enjoy hearing and reading what everyone else has to say. This message comes from a Catholic U.S. Army veteran who drives a Chevrolet and a Toyota, loves John Deere green, drinks Miller Lite and Yuengling, is a member of the National Rifle Association and chases steam engines whenever he can.

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