I discovered Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va) in 2002, in a post at Armed Liberal which I titled: Why My Ostensible Party, The Democrats, Will Not Be Able To Use Bush’s Corporate History Against Him. In it, I quoted a New York Times article which explained that Moran – who carried the repulsive anti-consumer bankruptcy bill, also received a $447,000 loan ‘on favorable terms’ from MBNA – the credit card company.
He managed to explain to a meeting of opponents of the Iraq war that “if it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this.”Since then, I’ve found out that he’s managed to add to the level of outrageous behavior, as set out in an article in today’s Washington Post.
Over the years, financial, ethical and personal problems as well as physical confrontations have become Moran’s hallmark as much as his political resilience. In 1984, Moran resigned as vice mayor of Alexandria after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor conflict-of-interest charge related to a city garage project. He was later elected mayor, and the verdict was set aside.
In 1995, Moran shoved Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.) during an argument and later apologized. In 1999, Moran’s wife filed for divorce after an early morning argument, to which police were called. In 2000, Moran grabbed an 8-year-old boy, saying the child had a gun and had demanded his car keys. A magistrate closed a complaint from the boy and his parents, taking no action.
In office, Moran has been on the defensive for accepting, among other things, an unsecured $25,000 loan from a drug company lobbyist whose bill he supported and a $447,000 debt consolidation mortgage package he received from a credit card giant whose legislation he carried.
For what it’s worth, he’s being opposed in the Democratic primary this June (which, in the gerrymandered district, is tantamount to election) by Andy Rosenberg. Rosenberg has a pretty typical resume – “…former Senate aide and lobbyist for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and drug companies…”. He’s won the endorsement of the Americans for Democratic Action.
To be honest, I don’t know enough about him…except that he’s not Jim Moran, and that sending a message to Members of Congress than behavior like Jim Moran’s will result in electoral defeat seems like a damn good thing.
His website is at www.andyrosenbergforcongress.com, and if you go there, you can donate to his campaign. If you live in the district, you can even volunteer.
Cleaning up Congress, one district at a time…