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He says he's keeping his powder dry

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published September 27, 2009

Want to get under David Betras' skin? Tell the chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party that he's afraid of Congressman-turned-criminal James A. Traficant Jr. which he why he hasn't publicly joined the thinking people in the Mahoning Valley in urging the ex-con to stay out of the public spotlight. Traficant has served seven years and a month in federal prison after being convicted of 10 criminal charges, including racketeering, bribery and tax evasion.

The chairman of the party that put Traficant in office — county sheriff and congressman — would be striking a blow for good, honest government by speaking out. But Betras' comments since the ex-con came home could best be described as politically bland. Very uncharacteristic for someone who is drawn to a microphone like a moth to a flame.

Ask him why he isn't speaking out and he offers this: "If Traficant attacks any of the Democratic officeholders, I'll come out firing." Until then, Betras will keep his powder dry.

Good politics or political cowardice? You decide.



1Tugboat(759 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

The thinking people in the Mahoning Valley have also urged the media to keep the ex-con out of the public spotlight by NOT writing about him almost every day.

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2NoBS(2183 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Thank you, Tug. You're right on the money.

Look at the coverage in the Vindy and especially VIndy online. Here online, Vindy can't even manage to have a section, labelled "News", that contains just news. There's also sports, society, and everything else in there, that you have to wade through if you want to scan the news stories. But they have a special section devoted to Trafficant's every movement and every sound uttered.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Betras being an attorney is not going to inflame a potential client .

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4UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Jimbo for Congress - please run. We need you more then ever Jimbo.

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5Max(90 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Once again, Jimbo is apparently the only politician in the valley with the guts to speak his mind honestly. Did you really think you'd get a straight up, truthful, spin-free comment out of Betras? C'mon Bertram, this was just another excuse for you to write about Traficant again. It's got to be getting tough to keep coming up with angles, buddy!!

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