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Shuttleworth Alleges ‘Corruption’ Behind Ballot Denial

by ARLnow.com — April 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm 3,890 111 Comments

Update at 5:50 p.m. — Rep. Moran’s campaign and the state Democratic party have responded to Shuttleworth’s allegations.

When the campaign of Democratic congressional challenger Bruce Shuttleworth was first informed that it had not made the ballot for the upcoming June 12 primary, a spokeswoman said they were “supremely confident that this is nothing more than a minor clerical error.” After all, they had submitted 1,823 petition signatures when only 1,000 were needed to qualify for the ballot.

Today, a day after the Democratic 8th Congressional District Committee reversed itself and allowed Shuttleworth on the ballot, the Arlington businessman held a fiery press conference in Old Town Alexandria to decry what he asserted was “corruption” within the local Democratic party.

Dubbing the incident “Petition-gate,” Shuttleworth ripped in to his Democratic opponent, 11-term incumbent Rep. Jim Moran, accusing Moran and his supporters of having “cheated the people.”

“I think this sordid episode makes it clear that my opponent and his supporters will do anything, resort to almost anything to deny a reasonable choice,” Shuttleworth said to a small crowd of supporters and 2-3 journalists. “What kind of pathetic, smoke-filled backroom, Tammany Hall corruption is going on around here?”

Without giving specifics, Shuttleworth said officials misplaced or lost a portion of his campaign’s petition signatures, leading to the initial determination that he had come up 18 signatures short. Shortly after his campaign filed a federal lawsuit against several officials — including Moran’s brother, Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Brian Moran — Shuttleworth said the missing signatures were found.

“Somewhat less than miraculously, when confronted with a lawsuit, those hard-to-find missing petitions magically showed up,” Shuttleworth said. “It has been made very clear that challenges to the throne are not welcome.”

“They have no right to do this to our Democratic party,” said Shuttleworth, a former U.S. Navy pilot who has declared himself to be a “progressive warrior.”

“After more than a quarter century of Jim Moran at the helm of this party machine, when petitions for getting on the ballot of the United States Congress can be lost or misplaced for one second — one second! – what kind of banana republic is he trying to turn Northern Virginia in to?” Shuttleworth said emphatically. “How can this happen in America? Who will be held accountable?”

“There has been a grotesque miscarriage of justice,” Shuttleworth continued. “Without the recourse of legal action, I would not have made it on this ballot, and your voice would not have been heard… If the full truth in this case is ever revealed, I think voters will be very interested to see who is behind the curtain.”

Shuttleworth said “fighting corruption” was the main reason he entered the race.

“This is exactly the kind of anti-democratic nonsense that encouraged me to run in the first place,” Shuttleworth said. “You will have a choice on June 12th to send an honest man to Congress. This is a battle for the honest leadership of America. I say it’s time to clean house.”

Shuttleworth told ARLnow.com that he will be talking to his attorneys this afternoon about whether to move forward with his lawsuit.

 

  • Sandy

    This guy better watch his back. Moran don’t play.

    • Arlington, Northside

      No crap. If you see what Moran does to 10 year olds who lean up against his Saturn, wait until you see what he does to grown men who speak the truth!

      • Novanglus

        It was a Toyota Avalon, not a Saturn.

        • SilverDiner

          Parked outside Sam’s Deli while it was closed…

          • 1RLI

            …without the courtesy of posting his hours!

        • Arlington, Northside

          COrrect, but the original reports were that it was a Saturn, and taking acue from the otherside of the media bias, sticking to that one makes it a funnier/even more pathetic story about the guy.

          • Novanglus

            Sure, Saturn is more pathetic. But then you lose the subliminal message that Moran hates America…

            Two bad it wasn’t a couple of Cadillacs.

          • Novanglus

            -too

        • BoredHouseWife

          wait! what?

      • Always Right

        How about the beating he gave to his second wife!

    • Solomon Davidson

      Are you saying, “Moran has put out a contract on Shuttleworth.”

  • .T-G.E.O.A

    Sic em!

  • speonjosh

    A whole lot of solid evidence for his accusations better come out pretty quickly or else this will backfire bigtime. The electorate wants grownups, not whiners.

    • WileE

      Thinking the same thing. I’m no fan of Moran, but calling our beloved Arlington corrupt and a banana republic won’t get you very far in an election. I’d like to see an investigation of the lost signatures, but I suggest he keep the investigation on the back channel and transition his talking points to why he’s the better candidate.

      • Arlington, Northside

        I have a feeling he will do just that.

      • .T-G.E.O.A

        Who called Arlington corrupt? He called the Democratics corrupt.

      • drax

        The accusations are already blowing up in his face.

        Hey, go aggressive, Bruce, but not before you think things through.

    • Autoexec.bat

      Any evidence that might’ve existed will never show up, but we all know what happened.

      • Arlington, Northside

        True

        • arl resident

          yes, if you define “know” as believing something without any proof

          • Josh S

            It’s the Immaculate Corruption…..

    • Novanglus

      Since when did political accusations require evidence? No one’s talking about indictment here. The fact that the petitions suddenly appeared at the first sign of a lawsuit is a good indication of something foul going on.

      And it’s not the first time we’ve seen such fishy-ness. A few years ago (after Moran’s Iraq war “Jewish leaders” comment) a whole bunch of county-level officials declared their candidacy for the primary. A week later, within hours of each other, all of them suddenly dropped out. I have to wonder what kind of phone calls happened behind the scenes. I imagine something like “You’ll lose anyway, and then you can say goodbye to xxxxx pork project in your county”.

      • drax

        “The fact that the petitions suddenly appeared at the first sign of a lawsuit is a good indication of something foul going on.”

        These people aren’t stupid. Even if they did want to commit fraud, they aren’t dumb enough to think they would get away with “losing” nearly half of his signatures, or claiming they are invalid, and expecting him not to fight back. That alone is reason not to believe the allegations one bit. Nobody would try something so ridiculous and easy to challenge.

        • arglebargle

          So they aren’t dumb enough to fake losing the signatures, but they are dumb enough to actually lose them?

          And then when a lawsuit comes, oh yea.. sorry about that disqualification thing, we had those signatures all along?

          • Josh S

            So you’re saying that you’ve never misplaced any papers or envelopes or folders in an office that is swimming in all of those? Especially when they were sent from one place to another?

            No stupidity is required to misplace something.

          • drax

            Losing something isn’t dumb. Have you ever lost something? Are you dumb?

          • arglebargle

            These aren’t the keys that slipped into the sofa crack or a slip of paper buried in a busy office we are talking about losing.

            These are ballots in an election.

            Losing them, announcing a disqualification, and then finding them requires a tremendous amount of incompetence or corruption. You choose which.

          • CarlJr

            And you only have to “lose” them until after the deadline for filing. Then they can magically appear again, the cover up can cease, and the courts will most likely say tough donuts, you missed the deadline and can not be put on the ballot.

  • Pomeroy Watson

    This guy is being pushed by a national PAC that targets incumbents to make their primary races competitive instead of unopposed or complete cakewalks.

    And I am OK with that.

    • Arlington Democrat

      A national PAC unfortunately that is backed by Big Oil, and which would like to see Moran — a strong vote on the environment on the Appropriations Committee — lose his powerful post. Not a huge Moran fan, but I am a fan of the environment and I don’t like it when Big Oil PACs feign an interest in electoral competitiveness when it’s really about profits for them.

      • Ballstonienne

        From what I have read they are funded from a lot of sources and are essentially non-partisan and non-issue. They have backed Democratic and Republican candidates and simply target incumbents that seem to be vulnerable in districts they would usually win easily. It is an anti-incumbency PAC. You can probably draw all types of links between their sources of funds and positions their opponents hold.

      • drax

        I don’t care one bit why somebody spends money trying to convince me how to vote. I only care about what they might have to say.

    • drax

      Is it doing that to all incumbents or just Dems?

      • SouthPikeGuy

        Not all incumbents, but some from both parties.

        • Arlington, Northside

          Only incumbents, but not all incumbents. And they are doing it in a very bi-partisen manner against some folks that are relatively independent even, although Moran is not one of those.

  • lebele

    No mention of whether Arlington Co, Fairfax Co, City of Alexandria, or City of Falls Church “lost” the signatures.

    The accusation needs lots more explanation.

    • Autoexec.bat

      It really doesn’t. What more is there to explain? The whole point is that everything about it is fishy and the internal machinations of the Democratic 8th Congressional District Committee are completely opaque to everyone except a small handful. The accusations are ultimately unproveable but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be brought forth.

      • Josh S

        What is this, the Spanish Inquisition? Yes, every unfounded and unproveable accusation should always get maximum coverage and promotion.

    • Novanglus

      Since it’s a primary, the petitions go to the district party committee first, then to the local electoral boards for validation.

      Apparently, it’s the third primary in a row when opponents’ signatures have been quickly dispatched:
      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/04/08/1081695/-VA-8-Moran-Machine-Strikes-Again

      • Bemused bystander

        Not exactly an objective, dispassionate source.

  • Chad

    This guy’s website is horrible. I want to know what ideas you have, not your high school powerpoint presentation.

    • Joseph

      PowerPoint wasn’t invented yet when Shuttleworth was in high school.

  • Skeptical

    Even if it turns out there are 18 minutes of tape proving that Shuttleworth is right, he would be a smarter candidate if he simply smiled publicly (for now) and said how glad he was they found the petitions.

    Jim Moran didn’t become this area’s Congressman-for-life without a shed-load of social intelligence. Anyone inclined to give Shuttleworth a look has just been introduced to him as an accusing malcontent yelling “no fair.” Moran has proved in the past how he can walk over people like that, and I say it as someone who thinks he’s passed his sell-by date. Shuttleworth is already sounding lke Lisa Marie Cheney, who jumped onto every podium a dozen years ago shrilling that Moran was a disgrace, yada yada, to the point she made Jim Hurysz look mild and conciliatory (no mean feat). Conservative friends of mine furrowed their brows and called her a “very irritating lady.” Andy Rosenberg made it clear why he was challenging Moran in the 2004 primary, but his remarks to press were temperate, he didn’t throw tantrums and accuse the Democratic party of unfair play.

    The guy’s on the ballot and there’s plenty of time to find out who did what; meanwhile, he’s not impressing me with the loaded language and bombast.

    • Always Right

      “Social Intelligence”?? He grabbed an 8 year old by the neck and cursed at him. Actually ,accusing him of trying to steal his car! The car was a Toyota on top of it :):):)

      • Arlington, Northside

        And somehow still got re-elected. The dude is scum, but he definately has the IQ to pull the wool over 51% of the eyes that votes.

        • drax

          People like a tough guy when he’s on their side.

          • Patrick

            Intimidating an 8 year old is not tough.

          • drax

            Didn’t say that, did I?

      • Skeptical

        Moran has an appalling temper — but social intelligence is the knack of convincing all the voters that it’s just an endearing trait.

        I’ve seen Moran angry at close to blowing his stack, and I’ve seen Moran charming people’s socks off. He acts completely at ease, he chuckles at reminders of his worst behavior until he doesn’t seem like a guy who could possibly commit an assault, he comes off a little rueful and a little bemused, and before you know it people are eating it up. If you can’t play in that league, don’t come out swinging against the guy. The only approach that can work is the motto “show your class and let them show their ass.”

        • Skeptical

          finger failer, that was “angry AND close to blowing.”

  • KalashniKEV

    These local Democrat politicians are the most corrupt in the nation.

    Shuttleworth might not get the brainless insta-votes from the local electorate, but at least he could hold his head high running as an independent.

    • Proud Dem

      The most corrupt in the nation? Really? Give an example of something that merits that label, please.

      • Always Right

        Read the constitution and you’ll find several examples.

        • PhilipDC

          Several examples of what?

      • .T-G.E.O.A

        Yes, this isn’t Chicago or Louisiana

    • Bemused bystander

      Which two or three states does your nation include?

    • Josh S

      Gosh, Kev – I always thought you liked to portray yourself as a world-weary traveller – experienced and seen it all. Done more in your life before you were 24 than most people do all their lives, etc. The most corrupt in the nation? I believe Zimmy and his family drive to Rappahanock Coffee in a Toyota to enjoy an afternoon on the town. Most corrupt in the nation? I don’t think you have to go any further than perhaps Prince George’s county to find more corrupt Democrats. Most corrupt in the nation? You might want to get out a little more…..

  • Gayle Fleming

    This is no way to start a campaign to try to oppose a Congressman who has served his constituency well whether you like him or not. Jim Moran will always have my support because I always have his–for any worthy cause or fundraiser that I’m a part of, he is always there–supporting and advocating for Darfur, for the Arlington Food Assistance Center, for domestic Micro Enterprise lending, etc. I love Jim Moran and will do anything I can to make sure he gets reelected.

    • Arlington, Northside

      Part of the problem, right there. Quid pro quo

      • drax

        Yeah, how dare someone vote for a congressman who does stuff they want.

        • Skeptical

          I have voted for Moran several times because he did stuff I wanted, and then he did stuff I didn’t want, like voting for horrible screw-the-consumer terms in not one but two bills pertaining to bankruptcy and credit card debt. A past campaign coordinator of his wrote a tearful open letter to him the second time asking how he could justify it, so it’s not just me. While we are all hating on Wall Street for screwing the American worker, and rightly so, better hold Democratic Congressmen to similar standards.He’s also been greased, to all appearances, by the pharmacy lobby. When it starts to look as if someone will vote the way I want unless someone pays him to vote differently, I have to set down and think her over.

          I would expect any Democratic candidate worth his salt to oppose tyranny and bloodshed in the rest of the world, to stand for civil rights for women and minorities, to explain a convincing plan for representing his district’s interests (which starts with understanding what they are. If someone primaries Moran, those have to be a given. The value added — I’d like to see it — is a record of integrity and good behavior in public service. It’s an uphill fight if you come out of nowhere trying to make a case for yourself as a candidate in a race like this, and you really, really can’t come out of nowhere on a platform that amounts to “Hey! This guy you’ve been voting for overwhelmingly for years is a real jackass, you morons!” Does not win friends and influence people. It’s been tried, and it didn’t work.

        • Josh S

          +100

    • 1RLI

      Cancel donations to NGOs supporting Darfur…check.
      Ignore appeals from Arlington Food Assistance Center…check.
      Shop only at big box stores…check.
      Divert all available cash saved from above to Shuttleworth campaign…check.

      • drax

        Moran also helped pay for local roads.

        Never drive your car again…check.

        Moran also supports animal rights.

        Beat your cat to death…check.

        • Patrick

          Intimidate childrean…check.

          Beat women…check.

          Attack other members on the House Floor…check.

          Accuse all non-supports of President Obama as being racist…check.

          Yep certainly someone I would be proud to support.

          • drax

            Patrick completely misses the point of my post…check.

    • Arlington, Northside

      Darfur is an old problem that he was way late getting on the bandwagon for, waiting until he could hang out with the Hollywood crowd.

      Arlington Food Assistance is something that any politician is going to support, D or R. But really it is a local thing, not a federal one.

      Micro Enterprise lending, is it really an issue for our area?

      Keep my federal taxes reasonable through efficient government and elimination of wasteful spending well keep up a strong defense around the world and minimal government presence in our lives is what I want. I would like Pelosi off my light bulbs and Santorum out of my bedroom. I would like the Brady Campaign to keep blocking me from the right to protect myself, and I would like the NRA to stop supporting my neighbors’ desire to have a .50 cal machine gun.

      • arl resident

        Sure, Darfur is an old problem, and Rep. Moran has been an advocate for those suffering there for many years, just as he has been an advocate for issues important to the numerous ethnic and immigrant communities in NOVA. He isn’t jumping on a bandwagon. And the recent arrest with Clooney was not about Darfur, but the humanitarian crisis in border region b/t North and South Sudan. But who cares, right?

        quid pro quo? to support things that your constituents care about and for them to then want to vote for you? I thought that’s how democracy is supposed to work.

        regarding .50 calibers, I guess Moran is your man:
        http://nraila.org/news-issues/articles/2005/only-a-50-caliber-ban-don%27t-you-believe-it.aspx

        • Arlington, Northside

          He was way late to Dufar, waiting until he could have his photo-op with Angelena and Brad Pitt. Even Liddy Dole was speaking out about Darfur before Moran was. Keep defending the bully, but I would like to be represented by a classier person.

        • Arlington, Northside

          And there is a difference between a single shot .50 cal rifle and a machine gun.

          • KalashniKEV

            … and both are legal to own.

  • Archerrules

    Waaa. Waaaa. Just lost my vote, whiner.

    • Shef

      You seem to have firm political convictions.

  • Always Right

    Let’ not forget when Moran threatened to punch his predecessor, Stan Parris. What a guy! and the dems love him.

    • Arlington, Northside

      “I like to hit people”
      -Jim Moran, Aug 1999

      • Archerrules

        “I’m a douche”
        -Arlington, Northside April, 2010

        • drax

          But Archer DOES rule.

        • Arlington, Northside

          I post a true quote, Archer on the other hand pushes more conjecture. Typical of the transplants we get moving into our area, sort of like Jim Moran. Would be nice if he just retired back to Buffalo.

          • Josh S

            Transplants?
            Transplants.

            Hooookay.

  • yequalsy

    I hope he does well enough to convince people that Moran is vulnerable and consequently attract viable Democrats into the primary in 2014. But so far it’s nothing but amateur hour from this guy.

    • Arlington, Northside

      I hope he attracts viable Republicans and Democrats for 2014. We need moderates from both teams to take him on and shut him down.

      • drax

        You might get a Republican instead.

      • yequalsy

        No way a Republican wins this district anytime soon. Moran’s defeat will come at the hands of another Democrat.

  • S. K. Eller

    Right, Shuttlesworth is making Moran shake in his boots.

  • dpan

    Give ‘em hell, Bruce!

  • Solomon Davidson

    Moran is afraid that Shuttleworth will tell people about his insider trading, his conflicts of interest and his racism – when he racially profiled an 8-year old black boy, yelled the “N-word” and tried to break his neck via a chokehold. Moran’s attack of the 8-year old black boy made the Today Show on NBC. This campaign will be nasty, and it is good to see that Moran has a tough opponent for a change.

    • Arlington, Northside

      Moran is a Bully. Those who continue to support him remind me of those suffering from Battered Wife Syndrom.

  • Archerrules

    What a waste of time for Shuttleworth. His campaign is dead out of the gate because he is not very good at what he is trying to do.

  • MomHon

    There isn’t a better representative in this country than Jim Moran. He is always on the right side of every moral issue & fights for his constituents’ interests tirelessly. If he gets mad at you I can guarantee you deserve it. Politicians aren’t hired to be saints; they’re hired to do a job for the area they represent, and if you’re lucky they have a grasp of the bigger picture and what’s good for the nation; if you’re really lucky, he/she has a global perspective too. Jim Moran has all that and more. That allegation about his 2nd wife is a blatant lie. The “incident” with that little boy was fabricated by his perennial opponents. It’s also racist to insist that a kid couldn’t have been doing anything wrong because he’s black. The real story was that the boy was scratching the paint, as kids sometimes do; the Congressman saw him, yelled some version of hey kid, what the hell are you doing (the N word was definitely NOT involved), and when he tried to run away he grabbed him and marched him into the rec center to ask where his parents were. Same thing happened to my dad when he was little. It’s not Mr. Moran’s job to live his life as if someone who hates him is always watching to blow up any little occurrence into a “scandal” of some trumped-up sort. I am proud to call Jim Moran my congressman. He is a staunch defender of civil rights for everyone, women’s rights to health and safety, social justice, animal welfare, the environment, and every damn thing I care about. Anyone who thinks they can do a better job is delusional, and I suspect funded by a GOP super-PAC. I love Jim Moran and I’ll work my butt off to get him re-elected – he’s brilliant, impassioned, experienced; he knows the ins and outs of the halls of Congress, and if you don’t think that counts you don’t have a clue; and I have never heard him make a speech or give a talk or even answer questions that he didn’t bring tears to my eyes in gratitude that there is still someone who truly cares about the things that matter and is willing to give his life to his work. Yes, give his life – he is the hardest-working man in Congress, always willing to lend a hand or make an appearance anywhere he might be helpful to someone’s efforts on behalf of a just cause. Anyone who disagrees just wants someone that’ll kiss their a–, or is a Republican who doesn’t believe in civil rights, protecting our natural resources, etc. etc. etc. I’d rather have someone that yells at one little boy – really, is that all you got after all his years in public service? – but who votes FOR educational funding, social service programs, regulations that will keep the air and water clean and safe, and healthcare protections for all children, than a Congressman who smiles toothily and falsely at every opportunity, who never shows a human temper, but who behind closed doors votes to slash funding for everything that makes a difference in any way in that child’s life, both present and future. Does Jim Moran have a temper? Sure. He’s an Irish guy. He also has a conscience, heart, character, values, and the greatest work ethic in Congress. I wouldn’t trade him for a thousand Bruce Shuttleworths, who, by the way, are a dime a dozen.

    • A Dime a Dozen

      Wow! Just wow.

      It is hard to know where to even start with this.

      Leaving aside the notion that Moran’s just an “Irish guy” with severe temperamant issues, what is sad from reading this is that you might actually feel that this is the kind of politician we need representing us.

      If only there were a thousand Bruce Shuttleworths willing to stand up to the very members that make the House such a cesspool. Sadly, they are not a dime a dozen.

      Perhaps it is time to vote in someone who has a great work ethic and is willing to fight for the issues we care about without all the baggage that Moran is saddled with. The idea that you can’t have the former without having to accept all the flaws and antics that bring embarrassment to this district is sad, just sad.

      Worse, is the feeling that this whole process is rigged to keep Moran right where he is. The incumbent will always have advantages in a campaign, but to have to fight just to get your name on the ballot seems beyond the pale and the bizarre fashion in which this has played out does appear to be something closer to what one would expect in a Banana Republic than a district mere miles from Capitol Hill.

      • MomHon

        You & Arlington Northside have problems with Moran’s style. I don’t see any substantive argument disputing his effectiveness as a Congressman. I don’t see any refutation that he supports the causes a liberal Irish Democrat should support or that he always has his constituents foremost in his mind. I’m from New York; we like our politicians to have some color and passion, and not sound like boring whiny accountants. When Jim Moran speaks on an issue, he describes the kind of America I want to live in, and he busts his ass every day to make that dream become a reality. I’d be “embarrassed” if Boehner was my rep; I’d be “embarrassed” if Joe Wilson was my rep; I’d be “embarrassed” if Darrell Issa was my rep; I’d be “embarrassed” to have anyone as my rep who thinks he/she can walk brand-new into Congress, wave some kind of combination of a broom & magic wand and hey presto! come away with everything they (and we) want. You want some middle of the road WASP personality, you’re entitled to your preferences. Mine are based on the steak; yours are apparently based on the (lack of) sizzle.

        • Arlingtoon

          I’m sorry, but I must disagree. When Rep. Wolfe got an amendment attached to a transportation appropriation measure that would widen I-66 inside the Beltway, Rep. Moran was nowhere to be seen. He was a member of the Committee and did nothing to stop it until Arlington raised a stink.

          You’re certainly entitled to your opinion, but this is an issue that will affect neighborhoods on both sides of the Interstate, and matters a lot to this County. Frank Wolfe was looking out for his constituents; our Representative was not.

    • Arlington, Northside

      MomHon is making up excuses that ignore the truth to justify her love for a bully husband.

  • laloca

    i thought shuttleworth might be worth a second look until i read his quote, “what kind of banana republic is he trying to turn Northern Virginia in to?”

    way to reach out to latinos, asshat.

    • Arlington, Northside

      Ummm, it is a common term for any third world nation ruled by a despot, be it Asia, Africa, or South America? There was nothing racial or culturally biased there, unless YOU wanted it there.

      • JBalls

        I wish he would turn it into a J. Crew.

        • Arlington, Northside

          Well, at least get a J. Crew into Ballston Common, that would get him many votes.

      • MomHon

        From Merriam-Webster: banana republic noun
        plural ∼ -lics
        disapproving + sometimes offensive*: a small, weak country usually in a tropical area

        *disapproving + sometimes offensive = not value neutral

        • Arlington, Northside

          banana republic
          n.
          A small country that is economically dependent on a single export commodity, such as bananas, and is typically governed by a dictator or the armed forces.

          The dictator part was the point he was obviously trying to make.

          Now go back to New York.

    • drax

      So you’re saying Latinos identify with banana republics? Hmm.

      • laloca

        no, i’m saying it’s an offensive term usually used to describe small, latin american countries – places from which many area latinos hail.

        • Arlington, Northside

          If anyone takes offense at that term, they are WAY too sensitive.

        • drax

          When one of those small latin American country is called a banana republic (and it isn’t actually one), then you’ll have a point. But nobody was referring to them, they were referring to Virginia. There is absolutely no offense involved here. Go find something real to complain about.

  • Truthi

    I trust you all know the Jim Moran

    1. Is a former prize fighter
    2. Was forced to resign as Mayor of Alexandria due to conflicts of interest
    3. was thrown out by his third wife
    4. Had a fist fight on the House floor
    5 Jacked up one of his constituents @ Ballston Metro

    Among other things

    Did anyone see the Tweet from the non partisan voter registration office announcing their would be a challenger on the ballot. It mentioned Morans name but did not mention Shuttlesworth.

    • BoredHouseWife

      plz say there is a video link to that fist fight

    • Steamboat Willie

      4. Fist fight? Reports were that he shoved Randall “Duke” Cunningham, after Cunningham said Moran had turned his back on Desert Storm.

      Cunningham, by the way, is a decorated Vietnam War veteran and also now a convicted felon. He pled guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion. He’s serving time in a federal prison in Arizona.

      Sounds like he deserved a punch.

      • drax

        Lots of Republicans deserve punches after they threw accusations of treason around like it was candy.

  • Village Genius

    Why are political parties “verifying” petitions to be placed on the government operated election? Government workers should be verifying the petitions, not some party hacks.

    A similar problem arose with the Republican presidential primary, where there were also news reports of state parties routinely just saying “okay” to petitions without any verification process and then government election officials going along. If political parties want to run a verification in parallel that is fine, but our government election officials should not defer to political parties to determine who does or does not get on the ballot.

    • Arlington, Northside

      Because it is a primary to decide who the PARTY’s candidate is, not who the State’s candidate is.

      • drax

        Still, he has a point. The point of primaries is to open the process. Ballot access is part of that.

      • Josh S

        +1 (with the minor quibble that even in the general election there is no “State’s candidate.”)

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