Mr. Traficant was known for his speeches on the floor of the House and for his hair.
Mr. Traficant was expelled from the House of Representatives in 2002 and spent seven years in jail after a conviction for soliciting bribes in exchange for government favors.
Mr. Traficant may not have been the most honest soul, but at least he served his time.
Serving time is more than happened to the folks who deregulated our financial sector to help cause our never-ending recession, or to the folks who lied about why we went to war in Iraq.
If you are a big time power broker, you can get away with anything in America.
If you are some clownish small-time Congressman, you might or might not get jail for stealing.
And if you are poor or of color, we are building more and more jails to keep you locked up for as long as we can.
There are two things Jim Traficant accomplished that most politicians don't achieve---He put on a good show and he paid the price for wrong deeds.
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