September 07, 2009
Hometown Hero

From the Washington Post’s account of the warm homecoming extended by Youngstown, Ohio, to its former congressman and convict, James Traficant:

At Sunday’s party his fans said he remembered their names, returned their calls and was far from “elite.” Several recounted how he talked about his “gastric emissions” on the House floor.

In a memorable Capitol Hill moment, he called a friend, Sandra Ferrante, as a witness during a committee hearing on Standards and Official Conduct. At the time Congress was considering expelling him. The conversation went like this:

Traficant: Were you and I sex partners?

Ferrante: No.

Traficant: Why not?


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at September 07, 2009 08:56 AM
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Back during the last great depression we had real heroes who went after the real crooks, the banks and bankers, people like Pretty Boy Floyd, who Woody Guthrie wrote a song for. During this depression our Republican colleagues make heroes of jerks like this. This country is going to hell in a hand basket and fast. Just wait till the next depression - then we'll show 'em.

Posted by: Buck on September 7, 2009 10:52 PM
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