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Traficant: Con of the Ex-con

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published July 6, 2010

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When will Jim Traficant’s supporters realize that Jimbo is nothing more than a con man whose only claim to fame is his status as a federal ex-con?

Ever since he got out of the federal penitentiary after serving seven-plus years for his criminal behavior while a member of Congress, Traficant has kept his name in the public spotlight by spewing all sorts of ridiculous pronouncements. The most ridiculous has got to be his insistence that America needs him back in Congress.

Today’s decision by the Trumbull County Board of Elections not to put his name on the general election ballot because he did not have enough valid signatures on his candidacy petitions comes as no surprise — to those who have long viewed him as a buffoon. He wanted to challenge U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, in the 17th Congressional District. Talk about nuts.

Traficant has long believed, “You can fool all the stupid people all the time.” Fortunately, the number of stupid people is shrinking — as least when it comes to him.

What's next, Jimbo?


1EliotNess_DC(86 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Certainly an option is for Traficant to:

1) accept the several lucrative radio and publishing offers that he put on ice to run for Congress;

2) spend the next two years accumulating enough funds to mount a serious, PROFESSIONAL campaign (which is something he obviously hasn't had to do since the early 80's);

3) convince the people of Youngstown of his NOT GUILTY-ness by making the case online and in print about the Morford criminal prosecutorial misconduct in Cleveland that kept J.J. and Capri out of prison by putting him and Detore on trial;

4) #3 above can be done by simply by using his bully pulpits on the radio and in print to rub the Press's nose in the uninvestigated bombshell facts of the trial (two word: Detore and Okolo);

5) There is no statute of limitations on perjury. Morford, J.J. and Capri ALWAYS face legal jeopardy for their perjury and criminal misconduct.

6) We can easily keep the Vindicator stocked up with Traficant news for the next two years -- much as the newspaper wants him to (sort of) go away.

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2rocky14(818 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

You are as dumb as he is

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3burford(95 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

What does it say about the quality of a newspaper that puts the Trafiant aide Kovalchik on the front page a number of times?

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41970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

"What does it say about the quality of a newspaper that puts the Trafiant aide Kovalchik on the front page a number of times?"

She is a major part of a major news story.

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5author50(1121 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Alas, the Traficant saga will continue in some way, shape or form.

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6exposed(66 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

To be kind she is also really out there . I loved her putting the ribbon around the tree at her home when the congressman was coming home from prison which is normally reserved for service people and hostages. He was neither.

It is not only the newspaper it is television as well.

The media should not give these people a platform of any sort and ignore them. That is the media's call and their willingness to to do so hurts the image of this community.

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

The Cafaro Political Machine will do everything within their power to keep Traficant out of politics . In Valley Politics just as in National Politics money talks and the Cafaro's have plenty of it to talk their way .

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