Traficant, a 17th District Democrat with conservative tendencies, was well known for a bad hairpiece and skinny neckties (and not as a new-wave fashion). He was popular and brilliant: In 1983, he successfully served as his own counsel and beat a RICO rap. The feds came back at him in 2002, and the Rep was convicted of pocketing campaign funds and sent away for bribery, racketeering, and tax evasion He was also accused of forcing aides to work on his farm and house boat. (If the station had talked to us, we planned on asking if he’d have access to interns.) — D.X. Ferris
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