„Many of them are so dumb they could throw themselves at the ground and miss.“

Denunciation of the press (18 July 2002), quoted in House panel votes to expel Traficant, Inside Politics, CNN.com, July 18, 2002, 2007-01-08 http://archives.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/07/18/traficant.ethics/index.html,

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James Traficant
US-amerikanischer Politiker 1941 - 2014

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