Former Ohio Congressman James Traficant appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews the other night and was his usual colorful self. Among other things, he apologized to for once comparing Congressmen to prostitutes. He apologized to hookers for the comparison. That’s just the beginning, he said a lot more.

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Jim Traficant is nothing if not colorful. Its not just his unusual coif and fashion sense that make him colorful (although that would be enough on its own), it’s his willingness to speak his mind, forcefully, anywhere, any time and to anybody. And he has a lot on his mind. He is not your ordinary Congressman (former or current).

The former Congressman from Ohio was recently released from prison after serving seven years on bribery and racketeering charges. Since his release, he has received a warm welcome back into his community, taken a short break and has been speaking his mind. Even though he is a democrat, he has spoken at Tea Party Rallies and receiving a warm reception because of his views on corruption in Washington and the over-taxation of the people.

During his recent interview with Chris Matthews, Traficant offered up his view of the membership of the House of Representatives.

“Years ago on the House floor on a foreign aid debate, I called the members of the House of Representatives a bunch of political prostitutes,” he said. “They demanded my words be stricken. They jumped up like 100 TV evangelists.”

“I want to apologize to all the hookers in America for having associated them with the United States House of Representatives,” he continued. “Yeah, I think it is a big whorehouse and they better start taking care of America and stop worrying about the Middle East and worry about the Midwest.”

He also had a few choice words for Obama, ‘Stimulate this’. And for the IRS, ‘I want to get the IRS, kick them in the crotch real good.’

He hasn’t ruled out running for office again and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him do it, and win. He is what he is and makes no attempt to pretend to be otherwise. I mean, in spite of everything, it’s hard to not kind of like the guy.

Check out the video of Traficant on Hardball below.




James Traficant on Hardball with Chris Matthews – Video