Traficant Welcome-Home Dinner A Big Draw

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Youngstown, Ohio (AP) -- Though the guest of honor may not attend, organizers say they've sold about 1,000 tickets to a homecoming dinner for an ex-Ohio congressman leaving prison soon.

James Traficant has told friends he wants to keep a low profile following his Sept. 2 release.

But those planning a "Jim Traficant Appreciation Dinner" four days later in the Youngstown area say even if he doesn't show, they hope the event will build his morale.

Democrat Traficant is ending a seven-year federal prison stay for accepting bribes and other corruption charges.

Event organizer Linda Kovachik, a former Traficant aide, says the suggested dress code for the $20-per-plate dinner includes skinny ties, denim suits and bell-bottom pants -- all part of the former congressman's trademark style.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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