Few people can hit rock-bottom in two different fields, but former Ohio Congressman James Traficant has managed to do so. According to news reports, Traficant (serving an eight-year prison term for racketeering and bribery) is spending some of his free time creating, um ... "art." Or at least something that carries that label.
A dozen Traficant paintings are for sale on the website www.BeamMeUpArt.com -- appropriately named for one of Traficant's parting messages on the House floor. And the Washington Post reports that some of the paintings are "selling for more than $500." Truly ghastly stuff.
What's amazing is that Traficant's website informs visitors that they are "sold out of paintings."
Would you pay $500 for this? I don't think it would even make the cut to appear on the wall of your neighborhood Ramada Inn.