- The Washington Times - Friday, September 3, 2010


If a person robs a bank, it would be ludicrous to think the bank’s management would permit the criminal to return. How is it, then, that former Ohio Rep. James Traficant can mount a viable run for the House seat from which he was ejected so he could serve time in prison for corruption?

Sadly, Mr. Traficant retains the support of naive loyalists who see him as a populist, someone who is fighting against a corrupt Washington that does not care about “the little guy.” Mr. Traficant was part and parcel of the problem. For some to believe he was framed because he was too vocal is too much to swallow and does not square with the facts.

If the voters in Mr. Traficant’s former Ohio district are sufficiently oblivious and foolish to return him to office, they will get what they deserve. When these folks cry about how corrupt government is, they can look in the mirror to determine the reason for the stenchall along the Potomac River.


Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

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