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DEVELOPING: Moran’s Son Resigns from Campaign Following Video Release

by ARLnow.com — October 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm 12,705 144 Comments

Update on 10/25/12 — Police have opened a criminal investigation into the video.

Patrick Moran, the son of 11-term incumbent Rep. Jim Moran (D), has resigned from his father’s campaign following the release of a video (above) that purports to show him going along with a scheme to commit voter fraud.

In the video, Moran, who worked as the campaign’s field director, is approached in a Courthouse eatery by an undercover videographer who discusses an idea for trying to fraudulently vote on behalf of 100 people on the voter rolls. The video then shows Moran seemingly suggesting that the man behind the camera forge utility bills to get around Virginia’s voter ID laws.

In a brief statement, the Moran campaign said Patrick Moran had resigned from the campaign.

“Patrick is well liked and was a well-respected member of the campaign team,” the campaign said. “This incident, however, was clearly an error in judgment.  The campaign has accepted Patrick’s resignation, effective immediately.”

The video was released by Project Veritas, a nonprofit investigative group founded by conservative activist James O’Keefe, of ACORN video fame. Project Veritas’ stated mission is to “investigate and expose corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misconduct in both public and private institutions in order to achieve a more ethical and transparent society.”

The campaign of Patrick Murray, Moran’s Republican challenger in the Nov. 6 general election, issued a statement expressing “concern” about the Moran campaign’s activities.

After seeing this video on several news sites, I am very concerned about the campaign activities of my opponent. While it is not clear whether or not there was any wrongdoing, I hope that local, state and federal election officials will look into this matter immediately.

The integrity of our nation is at stake, and it appears that my opponent’s campaign seems prepared to undermine free and fair elections right here in Virginia.

Sadly, anyone who is familiar with Jim Moran will not be surprised by this. The truth is that Moran has a long track record of hyper partisan behavior, racially charged comments and an infamous anger management problem. So this is more of the same embarrassing behavior that we’ve come to expect from Jim Moran and his campaign.

In a statement issued to the Democratic blog Blue Virginia, the Arlington County Democratic Committee said it has asked Patrick Moran to not return to the party’s office in Courthouse. Part of the undercover video was filmed in the office.

Arlington Democrats condemn any form of voter fraud. Any allegations that such conduct has been condoned – especially in Arlington – is something we take very seriously. We are concerned by the apparent remarks of Pat Moran in the hidden-camera video arranged by Mr. O’Keefe. While we do yet not know Pat Moran’s response to the video and Mr. O’Keefe’s allegations, we understand that Pat Moran has resigned from the Moran campaign, and we have asked him not to return to our offices. The Arlington Democrats are committed to making sure that all voters have a full and fair ability to cast their votes in accordance with applicable laws, and that commitment will not change.

The Arlington Falls Church Young Republicans, meanwhile, denounced what it termed “attempted Democrat campaign voter fraud.”

“This is an outrageous blow to the integrity of our electoral process,” said Matthew Burrow, Chairman of the organization. “Patrick Moran should have immediately denounced and reported any attempt to subvert the election process. Instead, he encouraged and even advised this individual on how to illegally cast ballots for other people. This level of corruption cannot stand.”

The release of the video comes on the heels of Moran — along with two other Virginia Democratic congressmen — publicly calling for an investigation into allegations of Republican voter fraud in Harrisonburg, Va. Moran repeated his call for investigations into voter fraud in a column published by the Falls Church News-Press this evening.

Update at 11:15 p.m. — Patrick Moran has issued a statement:

In reference to the “O’Keefe” video, at no point have I, or will I ever endorse any sort of illegal or unethical behavior. At no point did I take this person seriously. He struck me as being unstable and joking, and for only that reason did I humor him.

In hindsight, I should have immediately walked away, making it clear that there is no place in the electoral process for even the suggestion of illegal behavior: joking or not.

In regards to my position on the campaign, I have stepped down because I do not want to be a distraction during this year’s critical election.

Meanwhile, Ari Fleischer, White House press secretary under former president George W. Bush, is weighing in on the controversy. Fleischer said the Moran video might strengthen the case for laws requiring photo identification to vote.

“From now on, any law requiring photo ID to vote should be know as the Moran Act,” he said via Twitter.

Update at 11:55 p.m. — Independent candidate for Congress Jason Howell has also released a statement.

From the very beginning, our campaign has been about giving my neighbors the opportunity to vote for someone rather than merely against Jim Moran. I was saddened watching video of the apparent sting operation on Patrick. The Moran campaign may now have many distracting, legal and ethical questions to answer. Our campaign is about my generation taking responsibility for the systemic political and economic challenges we face as a country. We must do better. If you elect me on November 6th, a business owner, community volunteer, former accountant and jobs recruiter, we will do better.

  • DynaFlash 8

    Maybe he should reserve his pie hole for gorging on pie.

    http://www.arlnow.com/2012/09/04/photos-arlington-democrats-chili-cook-off-and-pie-eating-contest/

    What a sleeze.

  • novasteve

    Of course this won’t affect the election, nor will it lead to photo ID being required.

    • BoredHouseWife

      you can either bring your photo id or your voter card. But either way you have to sign to affirm that you are the person that you say you are. If you are not the person you have signed yourself to be, then you will get charged with fraud. If you don’t sign the paper, you don’t vote or under certain circumstances, get a provisional ballot that must go through a process of verification before it can be counted.

      I was concerned about election fraud back in the early 2000′s, especially suspicious of entities like Choicepoint and Diebold and secretary of states conflicts of interest. So I worked the 2004 election. I wasn’t going to just rely on what the internet and TV told me. Our district had a 98 percent voter turnout. We didn’t have the issue that Ohio had. But then again we didn’t have this guy, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Connell.

      The tactic seems to be, that well off political scumbags commit fraud and then get the media, aka their mouth piece, to convince people that their neighbor is the one committing fraud.

      • SteamboatWillie

        “The tactic seems to be, that well off political scumbags commit fraud and then get the media, aka their mouth piece, to convince people that their neighbor is the one committing fraud.”

        Well said and with the perspective of actual experience. The real scandal is the coordinated effort at voter suppression and intimidation in various states controlled by Republican legislatures – publishing confusing election dates, billboards in minority neighborhoods warning about voter fraud, public messages about voter ID requirements that don’t exist, attempted purges of voter rolls.

      • bemused bystander

        Where do you vote? In Virginia if you show an acceptable ID at the polls, you don’t have to sign anything. Or maybe you’re thinking of voting absentee in person early, when you do have to sign a form attesting that you’re eligible to do that.

        • Beth M.

          No bemused, you most definitely sign. Here in Arlington you sign in the upside-down signature book. Done it many times, and you are indeed attesting that you are who you say you are.

  • Words of Advice

    Every politician, democratic, republican, whatever, is a lying low-life scumbag. That pretty much sums up politics. Enjoy getting all worked up over one candidate or another when in reality they are all no better than the used car salesman down the street that just sold your grandmother a car with no brakes.

    • novasteve

      +100000 however I still view republicans as the lesser of two evils, but not by much.

      • Dr Seuss

        That’s why everyone should be voting for Gov. Gary Johnson!

        “It’s only wasting your vote if you’re voting for someone you don’t believe in!”

    • Guy

      Not true. Some are. But some are in it for the right reasons. They just don’t get as much airtime.

      • http://purple.com/purple.html Major Pup McPuppo

        drop in the bucket

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Ain’t that the truth!

    • drax

      Wrong.

      • Josh S

        I agree with you here. Most have the distasteful demeanor of salespeople, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are scumbags. It seems that most politicians are afraid to be honest with the public but is because they are caught in a terrible Catch-22 – if they are honest about all their positions and activities, they can never be elected but if they obfuscate, pander and patronize, people see that and find them distasteful. But they’ll get elected. So it takes a special person to be able to say what they need to say, keep quiet when they need to, yet still come across as sincere, reasonable, and fair. I’m trying to think of a good example……Mario Cuomo? Dwight Eisenhower?

        • darsasx

          Ronald Reagan (that should make several dozen heads explode)

        • Quoth the Raven

          Good points. To expand a bit more, I think the main problem is that these folks, above all else, desperately want to be reelected. So a lot of decision making comes down to “how many votes wiill this cost me and how will this decision affect my chances at reelection?” The problem is that none of the fixes (longer terms, term limits?) are particularly appetizing.

        • you’ve got to be kidding

          Mario Cuomo? You’ve got to be kidding or simply never lived in NY.

  • hack job

    Project Veritas is the group that is committing the alleged fraud. P. Moran is just there listening and nodding his head. Moran showed extreme poor judgement by not kicking the amateur videographer in the backside, but there’s nothing to see here.

    • novasteve

      How did veritas commit fraud? Does the FBI commit fraud every time some idiot tries to blow up a fake bomb the FBI gives them?

      • arl resident

        Because they were the one’s putting forth the plan to vote illegally on behalf of other people, not P Moran. Veritas is not the FBI. That is a false analogy.

        Should P Moran have said, “hell no, that is wrong and illegal, you should not do it.” Absolutely. As a Dem it makes me mad that he did not. And he deserves to have resigned immediately. But let’s not create a false equivalence, as this article does, between speaking hypothetically about someone else’s plot and the actual destruction of voter registration applications that really does disenfranchise someone’s vote.

        • Ballstonian

          I don’t know about that. While this is not principle fraud, it is at least aiding/abetting fraud. The fact that the person P Moran is discussing how to commit fraud with didn’t actually intend to commit the fraud doesn’t absolve P Moran of his conduct which, had the asker been genuine, certainly could have been seen as inducing or encouraging fraud.

          • arlres1234

            I see your point, but don’t agree. There is a significant difference, legally, between discussing how you might do something, and actually planning to do it, much less doing it. Again, not trying to downplay the stupidity of his reaction, which should have be a clear “hell no,” but I don’t think anything in that video approaches illegal conduct.

          • Not Exactly…

            If two or more laypeople people sit around and talk about how to do something, you’re correct. There’s a difference between talking and “acting in furtherance of…”

            However, if someone is in a position of authority or is presumed to have certain knowledge, advising someone on how to commit an illegal act can make you complicit.

            Moran looks and sounds like he believes the scheme is real. Given his position, when he talks about how to do it and get away with it it puts him in an advisory role.

            If you’re approached by a guy whom *you believe* is going to drop a molotov cocktail on the food court, and you tell him how to do it b/c you’re an explosives expert, that counts as an “act in furtherance of.”

            That’s all part of Conspiracy – the crime doesn’t actually have to happen.

          • chipotle_addict

            So is ArlNow guilty of conspiracy, given the video they posted up which explains in detail how to commit voter fraud?

            There are real crimes and there are thought crimes. Talking about something illegal should never be considered a crime in itself.

      • BookGuy

        It tends to amaze me how many of the terrorists were egged on to do it by FBI agents. I guess your attitude toward entrapment depends upon who is being entrapped.

      • Josh S

        yes

    • Hate to say it

      I voted for Moran, but I watched the unedited video (fast-forward to 8:18 for that), and it’s not good. I will say that the Veritas guy is coming up with all the ideas and pushing it over and over, and Pat Moran is at one point just shaking his head and laughing. But instead of saying “Dude, that’s crazy–you’re talking voter fraud,” he basically sounds intrigued by the idea and sort of half-heartedly okays this plan. Any ethical, sensible person would’ve laughed and walked away or said “No way, are you f–ing kidding me?”

      I wouldn’t say he 100% went along with the idea, but he didn’t 100% shoot it down, either. Not good.

      • hack job

        That’s right, I said ‘extreme’ poor judgement.

        But there was no actual fraud perpetrated or committed. Unlike Harrisonburg, et al.

    • Ballstonian

      Advising someone that, if they want to vote in someone else’s name, they need to forge utility bills and make sure they look real seems to be a bit more than “poor judgment.”

    • DynaFlash 8

      Patrick resigned.

      That action alone tells us that Rep. Jim Moran, whom I assume still leads in this election by a large margin, thought it important enough to cut his own son. Otherwise, he would have toughed it out or just dismissed it as mere piffle.

    • Marie Antoinette

      this “amateur videographer” was responsible for uncovering all of the ghastly actions of ACORN. Kudos Project Veritas!

    • HookInMouthDisease

      The Moran family in its entirety is a fraud.
      It is sleazy to try to entrap people, but it downright
      illegal to take the bait!

      Just ask Marion Barry — who was by the way set up.
      Yet still guilty.

  • Right of Center

    I’ll beat Mike Honcho to the punchline. The Morans are Morons.

    http://www.arlnow.com/2012/10/22/murray-responds-to-moran-sequestration-letter/#comments

    • 10 year old

      Hahaha that’s funny cause he’s got a name that sounds like moron!

  • novasteve

    Odds on this making any difference in the election or with photo ID laws?

    Reminder, I had to show photo ID to buy cough suppressant, but not to vote. How logical is that?

    • Guy

      Meth is destroying the country. Voter fraud is not.

      • DCBuff

        I’m sorry, but I’ve got to go with Steve on this. Voter fraud got W elected, and you think it didn’t severely damage this country? Most of us are far more impacted by the election of a president than by drug addicts.

        • Marie Antoinette

          Voter fraud got W elected? Give it a rest, and more importantly, get over it.

          • JebBush

            It wasn’t voter fraud that got W elected it was Election Fraud. Election fraud is a much larger scale crime.

          • KenBlackwell

            +100000000000

          • cause

            Apologist

        • internet tourettes

          The voter fraud in the “W” election took place in the florida board of elections and the supreme court.

        • Josh S

          Let’s just go with the voter fraud got W elected premise (I’m neither agreeing nor disagreeing with the premise) – how would requiring the showing of id at the polls have prevented that fraud? Or, if we assume that it was operatives of the W campaign who perpetrated the fraud, why would we expect that they would be prevented from figuring out a way to manipulate the results simply because a id law was in place?

      • novasteve

        You don’t make meth out of cough suppressant.

        • confused

          I suggest that you not go into detail about how you make meth.

          Especially not when approached by someone who might be from project veritas.

        • http://theliffeyswell.blogspot.com Foggy Dew

          If it’s got pseudoephedrine in it, yes, you do. Pseudoephedrine is a meth precursor.

    • Josh S

      Reminder: it may be puzzling, it may be wrong, it may even be illogical. But nothing about that situation itself indicates the solution is to then require showing id to vote.

  • Right of Center

    PMoran needs more coffee (21:40)

  • pdksobe

    100 here, 100 there…who cares right? No big deal.

    The Socialist Republic of Arlington County machine keeps being fed this way and it’s disgusting as a taxpayer…

    • Marie Antoinette

      +1 million

    • WeiQiang

      You are confusing me. I thought this week was Fascist Week in Arlington.

      Now I have go home and change shirts.

  • Arlington, Northside

    While I think the “reporter’s” action was a setup, it does not surprise me that a child of Jim Moran’s would take the opening and run with it. Too bad that once again none of the native Arlington Republicans steped up to the plate this time around. But Murray still has to be better for the County, the Country and Democracy, in the seat than Moran has been.

    • novasteve

      while it makes me happy to read this, moran will still win.

      name (D).. VOTE

      Vote for the same thing expect a change.

      • KalashniKEV

        +1

        The constituency in this area loves Evil.

        • Josh S

          I’m sure the Baptist church protesters coming to town will set us straight.

      • the tin dog

        The Arlington and Alexandria voters would vote for the Devil himself if he ran as a Democrat.

    • bobbytiger

      The ACORN didn’t fall far from the tree, in the case of the Moron relationship.

      • Rick

        Good one!

  • internet tourettes

    The guy who made the video(1) is a provocateur and has a history of entrapment (hidden video cameras, out of context editing). He is also funded by by a bunch of idiots like the Kocks and Crossroads. I wonder how long it took him to get this video and how many other people he tried to entrap until now. On the other hand Patrick Moran falls hook line and sinker for this guy and dosen’t even have the sense to see where this guy is leading him….Idiot.

    In the broader scope of things I can’t help but wonder which is worse, low level voter fraud or the whole sale use of gerrymandering and lobbyist to limit voter turn out. When I was in the military they were trying to prevent the motorvoter law from making it through the state senate while I was flying off to some hot stinking dry mud hole to shot at so that a democracy could be restored.

    The Kid who made this video is an ass and Patrick Moran is just as much an ass for for what he said and might have done.

    (1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_O'Keefe

    • novasteve

      a non state actor cannot entrap anyone. If you have a problem with him, you have a problem with the FBI and arrests they’ve made.

      • cause

        False equivalency, Steve.

      • internet tourettes

        I suggest you Google: bombing portland entrapment and take a look at the articles regarding the case of Mohamed Osman.

      • Josh S

        Besides, Senor Steveo, entrapment is a word that can be used and that has meaning outside of a legal case.

    • DynaFlash 8

      Again,

      If this weren’t a big deal for Moran, then why resign?

      His father is still a “big fish.”

      • confused

        cause the Commonwealth is going to be tight in the presidential race and the senate race. Moran could have toughed it out for his own election, but anything that loses even a few votes is bad for the Dems statewide- the state Dems would never have forgiven Moran.

    • Patrick in Courthouse

      Which part was false?

    • Marie Antoinette

      Please read up on the actual definition of entrapment.

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      Well stated, tourettes.

  • http://www.arlnow.com Lauren

    Seems like the acorn did not fall far from the tree.

    • Marie Antoinette

      haha. Well played Lauren!

  • Guy

    I love how the child at the desk (James O’keefe) says the video “provides an inside view of voter fraud in the U.S. — something that some say doesn’t even exist.” Staging it doesn’t prove it exists, James. Does dressing up as Bigfoot prove the existence of Bigfoot?

    • novasteve

      facepalm

      Do the FBI busts don’t prove terrorism because the bomb wasn’t real?

      • Guy

        facepalm

        I think there’s plenty of evidence proving terrorism is real, but thanks for your analogy.

      • Josh S

        Analogies have only limited usefulness. After all, the factual circumstances are substantially different. You’ve made your point. It’s of very limited effect. Now move on.

    • pause

      False equivalency, Guy.

  • MissKittenCat

    that cosi is now political brown flip flop famous up in clarendon/courthouse

  • Sendem2jail

    Apple does not fall far from the tree. The Moran family ethics stain my Democratic party and gives ammo to the GOP that they do not deserve since they are no better (they are worse). We should toss dad and sons all out and send them to jail. Also, ethics aside what a moron this Moran clearly is….we need to retake the VA Democratic party back from these sleaze balls!

    • hack job

      Sadly, Jim Moran’s BROTHER is head of the Virginia Democratic Party. So taking it back needs to start from the top.

      • pause

        And recall Brian Moran’s involvement in the Shuttleworth petition signatures that were ‘lost’ and then quickly found when threatened with a lawsuit.

        • GoBlueVA

          Yes, someone should have gone to jail on that one, too for trying to cheat Shuttleworth off the ballot. Any wonder his son was caught being a slimy snake in the grass?

          As vice mayor, he plea bargained on a bribery charge, then recall Rep. Moran’s wife calling 911 saying he hit her, and his anti-semetic remarks caught on tape, and his shaking an 8 year African American boy out of anger, recall his $25K interest free loan from a pharmaceutical company, then another sweetheart MNBA loan ($400K+) to avoid personal bankruptcy — biggest personal loan MBNA ever gave out that year at artificially low rate — and less than one month later he sponsors bill favorable to MBNA and other banks…and the list goes on…and on…and on…and we Dems keep sending him back to represent us. So who is the real culprit here…him…or us (actually “you” Dems ’cause I always vote the independent over him)?

          http://jezebel.com/5076227/why-you-shouldnt-vote-for-a-bad-guy-with-good-positions

          • Tabby_TwoTone

            Well, and since none of us registers by party in Va, anyone who self-identifies as Dem or Repub–whatev, that’s their biz. I just say I support X or Y candidate.

    • Marie Antoinette

      Same can be said for the Arlington County Board.

    • Arlingtoon

      Amen, brother. Shuttleworth gave it a try, but he’s a neophyte who didn’t run a credible campaign. When will we get a chance to clean our house and elect someone who is worthy of the title “The Honorable”?

  • Where is ATown

    You got caught by James O’Keefe… WTF! Moran is almost a sure win so why even entertain this nonsense??? You are both fools and it has not been cold enough in Arlington to wear a scarf D-Bag.

    • GoBlueVA

      +1 on the scarf.

    • Clarendouche

      He should have resigned for wearing that scarf.

  • Citizen

    Patrick: “I am impressed”. Sorry, wrong response.

    Idiot siblings should not be on your payroll, because idiots will be idiots.

    Moran is lucky that there is not an alternative this year.

    • Minor Point

      I don’t believe that he is a “sibling”….I don’t think that sons count a “siblings”

      Quible, quible,,,,,,,,

  • Guy who got out of radio

    Protip for righties: the adjectival form of the proper noun “Democrat” is “Democratic.” People who use “Democrat” as an adjective sound like idiots, and usually are.

    That said, Patrick’s a fool.

  • Deadite

    That kid at the beginning is hilarious.

    • doug

      I like the laptop placement. Let’s you know important things like – they have computers so they must be pretty smart. Also it’s an apple, so they are hip young go getters.

  • Voter ID

    I received my voter id card in the mail, issued by Arlington County. If all people voting in x precinct receive these, shouldn’t the option of photo id or voter id card or a combination of either of those plus a utility bill be enough?

    Also, it’s not election day yet–spend your energy volunteering for your candidate of choice, not grumbling how your vote doesn’t count and sounding like a sour teenager.

    • drax

      Read what you got in the mail.

      You don’t need the voter ID card. You can use those other things too.

      • Voter ID

        No, I mean if everyone is up in arms over photo id, why not let people show their voter id card plus a utility bill if they don’t have a photo id. Then the issue of photo ids is put to rest, and the government is already sending out the cards, so it doesn’t cost more money.

        • DCBuff

          Actually, if one uses the voter ID card, one does not need a photo ID.

          • KalashniKEV

            This is especially convenient in conjunction with early voting. One civic minded individual can vote for the whole family over a good stretch of time!

          • Rick

            You need NOTHING to vote. Simply ask for the Affirmation of Identity form from the election official, upon which you print and sign your name swearing that you are who you say you are. It is just that simple to commit voter fraud in Virginia.

  • One down

    a couple morans to go.

  • KalashniKEV

    I said it before and you guys laughed- These local Democrat politicians really are the MOST CORRUPT in the nation.

    • DCBuff

      Hmm. You’ve done a survey on that have you, KEV?

      • KalashniKEV

        I’ve been around a bit.

        I have windows.

        • DCBuff

          Hey, no doubt that the local pols are clowns and meet a certain standard one might call corrupt. And, it would be good to replace many/most/all of them with elected representatives that didn’t wear size 22 shoes. But your bombastic statement actually undermines that point.

          • KalashniKEV

            How does it undermine the point?

            They are the MOST CORRUPT.

            I will give $5 to the charity of your choice if you can show me a more corrupt *block* of leaders.

            (Note: Obama doesn’t count because his block of Chicago cronies are all appointees)

          • DCBuff

            I’m supposed to show you local politicians that are more corrupt than ours based on your standard? What don’t you get here? And, assuming the local pols are indeed corrupt according to your definition, or even mine, what does it matter if they are more or less corrupt than pols somewhere else in the U.S.?

  • Chano

    Patrick Moran is simply guilty of being a self-important dope.

    Funny but you don’t hear much right-wing outrage at actual voter fraud crime in Virginia and elsewhere:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/20/us/politics/man-aiding-gop-voter-registration-drive-is-charged.html?_r=1&

    • ronfrom22207

      I’ve heard a lot about it.

      I’m glad Moran quit his daddy’s campaign.

  • someguy

    So what about real voter fraud. It seems that the GOP has organized fraud across the country. The same company involved here is also under investigation in Florida.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/republican-campaign-worker-charged-with-voter-registration-fraud/2012/10/19/c07cc378-1a01-11e2-94aa-9240e72ee00b_story.html

  • KalashniKEV

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

    • KalashniKEV

      Sorry for the double tap…

    • bemused bystander

      Anyone who says that doesn’t get out much.

    • ArlingtonWay

      In the NATION? OK, Kev. Whatever you say. *Nods solemnly*

      (Another example of humoring a crazy person so that they go away.)

    • John K.

      I suggest you try PA or LA. Both sides of the aisle are grabbing everything they can at the state and local levels.

      • KalashniKEV

        These local dems have more skim to play with and engage in thievery and corruption on a MUCH greater scale.

        • Josh S

          Seriously, I think you don’t even need to look far to find more corrupt jurisdictions.

          • KalashniKEV

            But is the drum-beat of corruption marking the same time? ArtisFAIL, Trolley Folley, Bum Mansion, Public Pool, etc…

            It’s every time you turn around here.

          • Josh S

            Ahhh, NOW we see the problem. Your definition of “corruption” may not match other people’s defintion of corruption.

    • Ren

      Counterpoint: In contemporary terms, this runs away with the prize for most corrupt political entity in the nation. The actions were downright predatory:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_City_of_Bell_salary_controversy

  • Loocy

    Ugh. The veritas guy keeps insisting he wants to do this, Patrick Moran rebuffs him at first, then seems to sort of go along … or was he just humoring him because he thought the guy was nuts? I’m uncomfortable because I could see myself doing this to just get someone to go away. Sure, I would have loved to see Patrick Moran clearly say “Sir, what you are suggesting is voter fraud and I want no part of that”, but I also think that the only thing that this proves is the skill of Veritas at manipulating people to say things that support their claims.

    • WeiQiang

      Would have ever seen a video from O’Keefe if Moran had said that?

      • confused

        who knows how many Dem operatives Veritas spoke to who said exactly that?

        • Ben

          And the one who falls for it is the HEAD OF THE CAMPAIGN? How about that.

          • Loocy

            Not head of the campaign at all, Ben. Field director. His job was stirring up volunteers, that’s all. He was out of his element here as the only thing he really was responsible for was organizing canvassers and phone contacts.

  • voter fraud

    talking of voter fraud- this seems to have happened to several of my friends on F/Book:
    http://www.markturner.net/2012/08/25/is-romney-manipulating-his-social-media-numbers/

  • Bon Air

    Republicans worried about the integrity of the election process????

    Hilarious. More worried about making sure as few poor people vote as possible.

  • Voter ID

    What is so confusing about your civic duty and following the law? Register to vote where you live. Vote one time. Do not tamper with the results. Do not think about breaking the law because you think the other side is doing it. Have some integrity, even if no one else does. Geez.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Exactly, Voter ID. Well said!

    • Quoth the Raven

      Winning is more important than honesty or personal honor, apparently.

  • Jay

    The fart doesn’t fall far from the tree

  • TJLinBallston

    I am profoundly disappointed in Jim Moran’s operations. There may be some under-voting going on as some Arlingtonians leave parts of our ballots blank. I can’t push a button for him.

  • YTK

    So, will Cosi now have a plaque to comemmorate this????

  • Just Me

    I am sick of Moran; he won’t be getting my vote. It bothers me how many people vote for dead people, vote in 2 states, different names, and non citizens, don’t tell me non citizens are not voting, they are. This fraud must stop.

    • Josh S

      “How many people?”

      How many people is it? For example.

      • cause

        Exactly. There is far more talk of voter fraud than there are actual cases. It’s a hot-button screamer far beyond what is merited.

  • Bdgrgrl88

    I’m glad we have more than two options for this race. I made up my mind about voting for Jason Howell months ago. He’s a solid guy and won’t be torn between party lines.

    • Kal

      He’s got a good head on his shoulders, has good ideas and hasn’t been political long enough to be corrupt. He earned my vote as well.

  • b

    What is the legality of videotaping someone in this manner without their knowledge?

    • KalashniKEV

      Public Place, distributed for free… it’s all good.

      • Observer

        Yep, no expectation of privacy on a sidewalk, not used for illegal purposes, etc.

        Besides, it would probably be a civil claim at this point, filed by Mr. Moran, which he is free to pursue if he wants. snicker.

        • Captain Obvious

          You’re both wrong about the legal standard. The issue isn’t that it’s in public. Virginia is what’s called a “one-party consent” state for wiretapping purposes. As long as one party to the conversation consents to the taping, it can be taped. See http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+19.2-62.

  • turtle

    with all of the voting requirements in place. this was just plain stupid for even taking part in this scheme.

  • Mike Hunt

    What a moron

  • http://ow.ly/eK65Y Chris Morgan

    Come get involved this election season and hear EW Jackson over a free lunch.

    • http://ow.ly/eK65Y Chris Morgan

      novafamily.org/ew.html

  • Kemper

    Morrans they are.

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