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Rousing welcome home for Traficant
CNN ^

Posted on 09/07/2009 9:40:22 PM PDT by Chet 99

(CNN) — Former Rep. James Traficant had a triumphant homecoming Sunday night, his first public appearance since being released from federal prison, a local paper reports.

The Youngstown Vindicator said Monday a supporter-organized welcome home dinner for the former Democratic congressman, which drew the capacity crowd of roughly 1,200 Sunday, included performances by an Elvis impersonator and a polka band, as well as a speech from Traficant himself.

The newspaper reported that Traficant was defiant, telling listeners that he'd "been hounded by some government people for a long time" and that the government "had to cheat to convict me."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: beammeupscotty; columbiana; cultureofcorruption; democrat; demonrat; jamestraficant; mahoningcounty; mahoningvalley; ohio; rat; repjamestraficant; thevindicator; traficant; youngstown; youngstownohio

1 posted on 09/07/2009 9:40:22 PM PDT by Chet 99
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To: Chet 99

No suprise - Youngstown is the mob headquarters in Ohio.


2 posted on 09/07/2009 9:42:05 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: Chet 99

i like this guy. Heis a breath of fresh air. I hope he runs again for congress.


3 posted on 09/07/2009 9:44:33 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: Chet 99

He was entertaining, though. Ohmygosh, remember the ferrets-in-his-hair picture they used to post to threads about him.


4 posted on 09/07/2009 9:45:00 PM PDT by Valpal1 (Always be prepared to make that difference.)
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To: Chet 99
The Vindicator reported that Columbiana County Republican Chairman David Johnson, who tried to defeat Traficant for years, was on hand for the event, and said the former congressman would have his support if he mounted another bid for office.

"I would support (Traficant) tomorrow if he ran for Congress," Johnson told the paper.

He must know where the money is....

5 posted on 09/07/2009 9:45:21 PM PDT by freebilly ( No wonder all the left has a boner for Obama.... There's "Cialis" in "SoCIALISt")
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To: Chet 99

Unless this is a file photo, he still needs a decent hair cut.


6 posted on 09/07/2009 9:45:38 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Chet 99

From New Castle, Pennsylvania to Youngstown,OH in all over the Mahoning Valley is is still pretty popular.


7 posted on 09/07/2009 9:46:41 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: rawhide
Traficant was released Wednesday after serving just over seven years in federal custody for charges that included racketeering, obstruction of justice, tax evasion and bribery.

Breath of fresh air, huh? He's a weasel, just like every Dem....

8 posted on 09/07/2009 9:47:29 PM PDT by freebilly ( No wonder all the left has a boner for Obama.... There's "Cialis" in "SoCIALISt")
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To: unkus

Maybe he could head the new National Conservative Party for Senate. Its a sure bet the Democrats and the GOP will have nothing to do with him. His time in jail may have transformed him into a true Conservative.


9 posted on 09/07/2009 9:48:24 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Valpal1
oh, like these?

traficant hair Pictures, Images and Photos

10 posted on 09/07/2009 9:48:48 PM PDT by Coleus (Abortion, Euthanasia & FOCA - - don't Obama and the Democrats just kill ya!)
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To: Valpal1

11 posted on 09/07/2009 9:50:04 PM PDT by AnalogReigns
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To: freebilly

I think he is beloved by Republicans more than Democrats? Go figure? Sort of like Sen Lieberman?


12 posted on 09/07/2009 9:50:34 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

Yeah he was until the corruption charges came to light....


13 posted on 09/07/2009 9:51:19 PM PDT by freebilly ( No wonder all the left has a boner for Obama.... There's "Cialis" in "SoCIALISt")
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To: rawhide

If he was allowed to run, I think that he would win again.


14 posted on 09/07/2009 9:53:34 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: freebilly

Actually Traficant was very much of a fiscal conservative...libertarians loved him.

I’d have to study his case before I’d believe that he really did do the things he was convicted of. Call me suspicious, but I don’t trust our court system in the same way I don’t trust politicians...


15 posted on 09/07/2009 9:53:47 PM PDT by AnalogReigns
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To: AnalogReigns
fiscal conservative

Some sort of irony here....

16 posted on 09/07/2009 9:57:51 PM PDT by freebilly ( No wonder all the left has a boner for Obama.... There's "Cialis" in "SoCIALISt")
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To: AnalogReigns

Supposedly he stood up to Clinton and got smacked down. Clintons always keep this stuff in their back pocket.

I would take him for President over Obama, Biden or Hillary in a heartbeat.


17 posted on 09/07/2009 9:59:25 PM PDT by Frantzie (Lou Dobbs & Glenn Beck- American Heroes! Bill O'Reilly = Liar)
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To: Frantzie

I would take him for President over Obama, Biden or Hillary in a heartbeat.
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Hell yes!


18 posted on 09/07/2009 10:02:08 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Frantzie

I would take him for President over Obama, Biden or Hillary in a heartbeat.
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Hell yes!


19 posted on 09/07/2009 10:02:23 PM PDT by unkus
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To: freebilly

Rep. James Traficant’s One-Minute Speeches, 1997

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/724026/posts


20 posted on 09/07/2009 10:02:26 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

The word “hypocrite” jumps to mind....


21 posted on 09/07/2009 10:04:46 PM PDT by freebilly ( No wonder all the left has a boner for Obama.... There's "Cialis" in "SoCIALISt")
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To: Chet 99
Traficant was released Wednesday after serving just over seven years in federal custody for charges that included racketeering, obstruction of justice, tax evasion and bribery.

Great! Now there's a nice warm cell for Rangel.

22 posted on 09/07/2009 10:04:48 PM PDT by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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To: AnalogReigns; Coleus

Yes, yes! I’ve missed Trafficant (as my husband says from across the room “Who’s the guy with the badger on his head”).


23 posted on 09/07/2009 10:07:25 PM PDT by Valpal1 (Always be prepared to make that difference.)
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To: Valpal1

LOL! He is a funny nutty guy. He loves Elvis.


24 posted on 09/07/2009 10:09:32 PM PDT by Frantzie (Lou Dobbs & Glenn Beck- American Heroes! Bill O'Reilly = Liar)
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To: Frantzie
I would take him for President over Obama, Biden or Hillary in a heartbeat.

In a heart beat!

25 posted on 09/07/2009 10:10:10 PM PDT by savagesusie
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To: rawhide

I always liked him too. I don’t know if he was guilty or not. I’m inclined to think he was railroaded because he was incredibly outspoken, even against his own party. I don’t know if he can run for Congress again.


26 posted on 09/07/2009 10:13:27 PM PDT by Vicki (Washington State where anyone can vote .... illegals, non-residents, dead people, dogs, felons)
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To: savagesusie

I would definitely vote for him.


27 posted on 09/07/2009 10:13:32 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: Chet 99

Trafficant is a bum and a hypocrite. After cheerleading for Clinton’s impeachment, he went on to vote against all 4 counts. I have no respect for the bum.


28 posted on 09/07/2009 10:16:16 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Depression Countdown: 50... 49... 48...)
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To: Chet 99

This guy should be in *PRISON*!


29 posted on 09/07/2009 10:18:50 PM PDT by Sir Valentino
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To: Vicki

Yes, a person convicted of a felony can run for Congress. There are obstacles. Getting one’s name on the ballot depends on state laws; in some states it is more difficult than others.There is at least one case of a former convict being elected to Congress: F.H. Shoemaker, of Minnesota, was elected for one term in 1932, despite having served time in Leavenworth for mail fraud.


30 posted on 09/07/2009 10:21:02 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

Amazing how many people on FR would vote for this fraud....


31 posted on 09/07/2009 10:24:42 PM PDT by freebilly ( No wonder all the left has a boner for Obama.... There's "Cialis" in "SoCIALISt")
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To: rawhide

ditto


32 posted on 09/07/2009 10:33:06 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: freebilly

compared to the rest of congress, he was a saint with a sense of humor...


33 posted on 09/07/2009 10:34:35 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: sonofstrangelove

FRom Wikipedia

“The House Ethics Committee recommended that Traficant be expelled from Congress. On July 24 the House voted 420-1 to expel him. Gary Condit was the lone “no” vote, and nine members voted “present.” Traficant was the first representative to be expelled since Michael Myers’s expulsion in 1980 as a result of the Abscam scandal.

After his expulsion, Traficant ran as an independent candidate for another term in the House while incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institute, Allenwood. He received 15 percent of the vote (27,487 votes) and became one of only a handful of individuals in the history of the United States to run for a federal office from prison. The election was won by one of his former aides, Tim Ryan.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Traficant


34 posted on 09/07/2009 10:35:45 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: freebilly

The man voted with the Republicans on many important pieces of legislation in the 1980s and 1990s


35 posted on 09/07/2009 10:36:07 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: Razz Barry

Planned Parenthood use RICO to take pro lifer to court...and corruption is anything the democrats don’t like...


36 posted on 09/07/2009 10:36:48 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Again he is still very popular in that part of the country .


37 posted on 09/07/2009 10:36:51 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: Vicki
I always liked him too. I don’t know if he was guilty or not. I’m inclined to think he was railroaded because he was incredibly outspoken, even against his own party. I don’t know if he can run for Congress again.

I have always believed he was railroaded because he went after the IRS. Going after the collection agency of the Fereral Reserve makes enemys who are powerful.

38 posted on 09/07/2009 10:37:21 PM PDT by c-b 1 (Reporting from behind enemy lines, in occupied AZTLAN.)
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To: c-b 1

I agree


39 posted on 09/07/2009 10:40:04 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: Chet 99

Beam Me Up


40 posted on 09/07/2009 10:49:44 PM PDT by SoDak (Sig/Edgar Hansen 2012 dream ticket)
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To: rawhide
I like this guy. Heis a breath of fresh air. I hope he runs again for congress.

We were sitting around last night, listening/watching utube of Traficant before the corrupt government sent him to the joint.

We all agreed, we'd vote for him too.

41 posted on 09/07/2009 11:37:30 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Valpal1

LOL


42 posted on 09/08/2009 12:01:43 AM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: sonofstrangelove
The man voted with the Republicans on many important pieces of legislation in the 1980s and 1990s

I bet we can find a fiscally conservative pedophile to run for office. Let's elect him, too....

43 posted on 09/08/2009 4:24:49 AM PDT by freebilly ( No wonder all the left has a boner for Obama.... There's "Cialis" in "SoCIALISt")
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To: Vicki
The newspaper reported that Traficant was defiant, telling listeners that he'd "been hounded by some government people for a long time" and that the government "had to cheat to convict me."

I always liked him too. I don’t know if he was guilty or not. I’m inclined to think he was railroaded because he was incredibly outspoken, even against his own party.

The same thing happened to Tom DeLay but on much more vague and obscure charges. He was charged with violating a campaign law that did not even exist at the time.

He was railroaded by a long time Democrat District Attorney who shopped for the proper Grand Jury to whom to present the false evidence.

44 posted on 09/08/2009 8:12:54 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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To: Frantzie
I would take him for President over Obama, Biden or Hillary in a heartbeat

He'd have my vote
45 posted on 09/08/2009 8:19:25 AM PDT by novemberslady
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To: freebilly

Traficant was always there for the House Republicans when they needed a vote. He was always bashing members of his own party.


46 posted on 09/08/2009 10:09:21 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: sonofstrangelove

I heared he will be On the Record with Greta tonight.


47 posted on 09/10/2009 10:57:54 AM PDT by Dante3
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