April 30: Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown Movie Screening

The Mahoning Valley Historical Society along with special guest, filmmaker Eric Murphy, will present a special screening of Murphy’s documentary Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown on Sunday, April 30th at 2:00 p.m. at the Tyler History Center, 325 West Federal Street in downtown Youngstown.

Cost for the screening is $5.00 for MVHS members and $7.00 for general admission. Free adjacent parking is available.  Tickets will be sold at the door.

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.

After serving seven years in federal prison, Traficant re-emerged in the public eye trumpeting his innocence – like a king returning from exile. In 2010, he ran against Congressman Tim Ryan and finished last, but did garner 30,000 votes!

From the Rust Belt to the Tech Belt — Youngstown is enjoying a comeback that’s earned worldwide media recognition and global investment. In fact, President Obama stated “A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering 3D printing that has the potential to revolutionize everything.”