The 'Beam Me Up' congressman was critically injured earlier this week when a tractor fell on him at his family farm
CLEVELAND - James Traficant, the colorful Ohio politician whose conviction for taking bribes and kickbacks made him only the second person to be expelled from Congress since the Civil War, died Saturday. He was 73.
Traficant was seriously injured Tuesday after a vintage tractor flipped over on him as he tried to park it inside a barn on the family farm near Youngstown. He died four days later in a Youngstown hospital, said Dave Betras, chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party.
The Democrat's expulsion from Congress in 2002 came three months after a federal jury in Cleveland convicted him. Prosecutors said he used his office to extract bribes from businesspeople and coerced staffers to work on his farm and his house boat on the Potomac River in Washington.
Many times James Traficant sounded more like a Republican than he did a Democrat. He used to blast out of control spending, illegal immigration and corruption in his own party. He was no fan of President Clinton and even voted for Republican Dennis Hastert for Speaker over Democrat Dick Gephardt (in the 90s)
I remember many times when Rush would play clips of Traficant's speeches on the House floor on the Rush Limbaugh Television Show. Some are still on YouTube. He also is the only Dem that I know of that has called into the Rush Limbaugh radio program, I think that was in the late 90s, if I remember correctly.
Here's one of his speeches on the House floor on Illegal aliens-
"Anybody that jumps the fence shouldn't be made a citizen, they should be thrown out!"
RIP Congressman Traficant