Moran steps down from leadership post
Lawmaker under fire for saying Jews push war with Iraq
Rep. Jim Moran: “I will strive to learn from my mistakes.”
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Harshly criticized for saying pressure from the Jewish community was driving the push toward a possible war against Iraq, Rep. James Moran stepped down Friday as a House Democratic regional whip.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California issued a statement indicating she left Moran, D-Virginia, with little choice but to give up his leadership post.
“I have taken this action because Congressman Moran’s irresponsible remarks were a serious mistake,” Pelosi said in a statement. “As I said earlier this week, his comments were not only inappropriate, they were offensive and have no place in the Democratic Party.”
Here’s one where the mainstream press was ahead of the liberal blogosphere; something I’ll dig into and comment upon at some point.
I’ll also comment that he surrendered his least-significant role, and that he’s retained his committee positions in the Appropriations and Budget committees.
I don’t think the bloggers covered themselves in glory on this one.