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Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown

  • 8.5 10
  • 2015
  • Nonemin
Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown
  • English

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.

Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown
  • English
Eric Murphy
Eric Murphy Director
Phil Donahue
Phil Donahue Himself
Sean Hannity
Sean Hannity Himself (archive footage)
Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton Himself (archive footage)
Dan Rather
Dan Rather Himself (archive footage)
Dennis Hastert
Dennis Hastert Himself (archive footage)
Ed O'Neill
Ed O'Neill Himself
Jim Tressel
Jim Tressel Himself
Thomas P. 'Tip' O'Neill
Thomas P. 'Tip' O'Neill Himself (archive footage)
Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart Himself (archive footage)
Connie Chung
Connie Chung Herself (archive footage)
Morley Safer
Morley Safer Himself (archive footage)
Ted Koppel
Ted Koppel Himself (archive footage)

Production Companies

Steel Valley Films