Jim Traficant, Beamed Up At Last
Former Congressman James Traficant (D-OH) has apparently died. Traficant was, during his tenure, one of the most colorful members of the House known for his audacious toupee, odd dress, and ending his speeches with “Beam me up…”
Throughout most of his tenure, he was a thorn in the side of his party. Particularly as he became more conservative and his district became more liberal. A staunch critic of immigration and Israel, he is a hero in some anti-immigration and anti-Semitic circles.
When he faced congressional expulsion, the only “nay” vote was Gary Condit. Another prominent supporter was David Duke.
Here is a snippit from one of the more colorful speeches he gave before congress:
Here is a speech he gave during his expulsion trial:
He is the only person ever to win a RICO case without counsel, though a couple decades later it was another RICO case that took him down. After seven years in congress, he served seven in prison.