Traficant escaped charges of felonious use of a hairpiece
No one can compete with New Jersey when it comes to corruption. (State motto: I Don’t Know How That Grocery Bag Filled With Unmarked Bills Got In My Trunk!) But if nothing else, Ohio is still hoping to land a wild card seed in the playoffs. That’s the only way to explain the 1,000 tickets sold for the Jim Traficant Appreciation Dinner scheduled for Sept. 6, four days after the ex-congressman is released from federal prison.
When we last left the Youngstown Democrat, he was being sentenced to seven years in the slam for shaking down his constituents in return for favors, which resulted in a conviction for racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion. He somehow managed to escape prosecution for felonious use of a hairpiece.
Only 200 tickets remain for the feat of this illustrious con. As the Youngstown Vindicator lovingly writes, “All partygoers are invited to dress Jimbo-style. But if you don’t own
skinny ties, bell-bottom pants and denim suits — all Traficant
trademark clothes — the dress is casual.”
In related news, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers — a Cleveland Indians Single-A baseball team — had also planned a Jim Traficant Release Night promotion. But that was canceled after the team received 100 calls and emails complained about the event.