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Quotable traficant { July 25 2002 }

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The Quotable James A. Traficant

From staff and wire reports
Thursday, July 25, 2002; 12:00 AM

Rep. Jim Traficant (D-Ohio) was expelled from the House Wednesday night for ethics violations following an April conviction on charges of bribery, tax evasion and racketeering. The colorful congressman pleaded his case before the House ethics subcommitte last week and again before the whole House Wednesday night. The House then voted 420-1 to expel him.

Following are some of Traficant's quotes as he fought for his honor:


"My people elected me and I don't think you should take their representative away. . . . Vote your conscience. Nothing personal." Traficant, closing the debate on his expulsion before the whole House.

"I'll go to jail before I'll resign and admit something I didn't do. I'll be damned if I'll be pressured by a government that pressured these witnesses to death." Traficant during debate on his expulsion before the House.

"Am I different? Yeah. Deep down, you know you want to wear wider bottoms; you're just not secure enough. . . . Do I do my hair with a Weed Whacker? I admit." Traficant on his clothing and hair style. The remark elicited muted laughter from the House during otherwise ominous proceedings.

"I still want appropriations for that 17th District or I'll come here out of that jail and get you." Traficant as he passed the House Appropriations Committee room on his way to the expulsion vote.

"I want you to disregard all the opposing counsel has said. I think they're delusionary. I think they've had something funny for lunch in their meal, I think they should be handcuffed, chained to a fence and flogged, and all of their hearsay evidence should be thrown the hell out. And if they lie again, I'm going to go over there and kick them in the crotch. Thank you very much." Traficant's closing statement to the ethics panel.

"I want you to disregard all the opposing counsel has said. I think they're delusionary. I think they've had something funny for lunch in their meal, I think they should be handcuffed, chained to a fence and flogged, and all of their hearsay evidence should be thrown the hell out. And if they lie again, I'm going to go over there and kick them in the crotch. Thank you very much." Traficant's closing statement to the ethics panel.

"I love America, but I hate the government." Traficant, admitting that he expects to kicked out of Congress and thrown in prison.

"I'm prepared to go to jail, and the length of time I will spend in jail, Ms. Jones, I will die in jail. But you know what? I will die in jail before I will admit to doing something I did not do. I had no intent to break any laws. There's one big word in this legal dictionary and it's called 'intent.'" Traficant speaking to Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio), and the committee during his closing statement.

"I did not own that farm. I was involved in no fraudulent activities. I insured that farm. I know the government is trying to take it, and they can shove that deed up their subpoena." Traficant, responding to questions from committee lawyer Paul Lewis about labor done at his family's horse farm.

"I apologize to the committee. If I had known, I would be here. I was on other media broadcasts trying to demean you and everybody else." Traficant to the committee after showing up for the hearing an hour late. He later told the committee he was just joking.

"God almighty here. What happened to me in Cleveland is what's happening to me here. I infuriated a jury that convicted me over my attitude without a damn bit of evidence." Traficant referring to his being convicted in Ohio federal court on 10 counts of bribery, tax evasion and racketeering.

"I'm going to object, whether it's committee rules or not." Traficant, who became so enraged during committee lawyer Paul Lewis's closing statement that he began to shout objections.

"Are all those volumes your evidence? Well, you know what you can do with it, don't you?" Traficant to the committee lawyers Paul Lewis and Kenneth Kellner upon entering the hearing room and seeing large three-ring binders, boxes and charts leaning up against a table.

"I wasn't going to like you if you tried to have me whacked." Sandy Ferrante to Traficant in response to a question of whether she liked him or not. Ferrante, who lived at Traficant's family horse farm for 17 years, said the FBI played for her an audiotape in which a man discusses a plot to kill her at the congressman's direction. Traficant was never charged.

"If you don't get those cameras out of my face, I'm gonna go 8.6 on the Richter scale with gastric emissions that'll clear this room!" Traficant to photojournalists covering his House ethics subcommittee hearing.

"I wanted to have Playboy bunnies come on at night to meet with me. I wanted to be promiscuous with them." Traficant to ethics subcommittee on why he kept a boat docked in the Potomac. Traficant was convicted of selling the boat to a businessman at an inflated price in return for favors.


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