People in Youngstown are planning parties and hosting special events to honor the return of disgraced congressman Jim Traficant, who will be released from prison next month.
This comes at a embarrassment and disappointment to supporters of the movement to revitalize the once-prosperous steel town.
The Vindicator is carrying an opinion piece by Rust Wire contributor Tyler Clark deploring Traficant supporters. Traficiant has been in a federal prison since 2002, when he was convicted on 10 counts including racketeering, bribery and tax evasion.
It’s a clash of new gaurd verses old guard. Supporters of Mayor Jay Williams (the city’s first black and youngest-elected mayor) would rather not have the area’s familiar image as a hotbed of corruption brought back to light.
On the other hand, many in the city remain loyal to the charismatic “son of a truck driver” who had a talent for bringing federal dollars to the region.