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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  • by Tony Soprano Location: youngstown on Aug 27, 2009 at 07:36 AM
    Jim is the last stand up guy left in this country! He still has enough support from the 'families' here in youngstown to make another run for Congress. Beam me up, Jimbo!
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