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Jim Traficant was a legendary quarterback turned mob busting Walking Tall Sheriff who rose to power on a platform of “honesty in politics”. He quickly ascended to the hallowed halls of Congress, becoming its most outspoken member. "Jimbo" as his die-hard supporters called him, was known for his polyester thrift store suits, shock top wigs, vulgar humor and profanity laced rhetoric against the FBI, IRS, and every president since Reagan. His one minute speeches made C-SPAN must see programming, as he signed off with his patented “Beam Me Up!” In his post-industrial hometown of Youngstown, Ohio -- dubbed Crimetown, USA for being the most mobbed up city in America -- "Jimbo" was a living legend, once garnering more than 90% of the vote. However, the eccentric maverick also had a dark side, becoming only the second Member of Congress expelled since the Civil War, eventually spending over seven years in federal prison on bribery and tax evasion charges.
This is clearly a labor of love, and it shows. So much great archival footage along with a clear time-line brings you to a time and place that may or may not be fathomable to many.
Exactly what one would ask for in wishing to learn about any subject matter. Some star power lends credibility, not that it's needed. It is hard not to see some of Traficant's world view in a current Presidential candidate, though it was clear Jim worked for others than himself. (Whatever his motivations might have been, for good or for ill.) Can't say enough good things about this glimpse into a world I never knew existed, even though I lived through the whole thing.