Thursday, September 3, 2009

James Traficant, the Anti-Congressman

Former Congressman James Traficant, who was expelled from the House after he was convicted of racketeering and bribery, has been released from prison after serving seven years.

I remember him fondly from my C-SPAN watching in those years when he still represented Ohio in Congress. His crazy hair, anti-fashion plate sartorial taste, and anti-government populism were always compelling to me. He still has many fans and supporters, some of whom are looking for him to become a talk radio host. Whatever he does, I wish him well, for he is far less of a crook than most of the parasites in Washington, D.C.

In the video below, from 2002, Traficant said: "You go ahead and expel me, but you ran this place for fifty years, Democrats, and you made the IRS, the FBI and the Justice Department so strong, our people are afraid to death of them."

No wonder the rotten, crooked rats in Congress didn't like him.

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