Heard on the Hill: Not Horsing Around

Posted August 7, 2011 at 12:06pm

In a new occasional series, HOH will be checking in on former lawmakers who are better known for their scandals than for their legislation.

Today we answer the question: What has former Rep. Jim Traficant (D-Ohio) been up to these days?

In 2002, Traficant was convicted of 10 felony counts, including one count of making aides perform chores on his farm.

The House then voted to expel Traficant, with only one vote against cast by then-Rep. Gary Condit (D-Calif.).

During his seven-year prison term, Traficant made one unsuccessful bid for his old seat as an Independent candidate — and took up painting.

Now, nearly two years after his release from the clink, someone is selling his work on eBay.

“SUPER RARE Jim Traficant Painting on folder signed on front and back,” reads the painting’s online description. “Acrylic on folder very rare. Jim usually worked in watercolor or ink. So that make this more expensive piece.”

That’s right, folks. For the buy-it-now price of $500, you too, can own a Traficant original of an acrylic horse, which we kind of love.

Beam us up, Jimbo!