Patrick Murray: Rematch With Jim Moran in 2012

by ARLnow.com November 11, 2011 at 9:35 am 4,810 31 Comments

As predicted, retired Army colonel Patrick Murray is preparing for an electoral rematch with Rep. Jim Moran in 2012.

Murray has announced that he will again seek the Republican nomination in the upcoming Virginia 8th District House of Representatives race. After losing to Moran by a final vote of 61 percent to 37 percent in 2010, Murray is pulling no punches in his criticism of the ten-term Democratic congressman.

Murray sent the following email to supporters last night.

Today I’m announcing my candidacy for US Congress in the 8th Congressional District of Virginia. This decision to run for a second time took much soul-searching, thought and prayer. Campaigns are a crucible, but, just as with my military service, this is a matter of duty for me. If I thought our nation was on the right track, that we had leaders who were governing with the Constitution and our children in mind, that we were secure and prosperous, then I would happily pursue other goals.

But we are not on the right track, and I’m willing to bet that you agree with me. In fact, our nation is losing its way, largely because of bad decisions made in Washington, DC. With $15 trillion in federal debt, we are handing our kids and grandkids a bill they can’t pay, yet out-of-control spending continues unabated. The only thing being cut is Defense, which is one of the few things that, in accordance with our Constitution, we should be ensuring for. The economy is stagnant. Unemployment is soaring. Meanwhile my opponent Jim Moran, who likes to call Republicans the “Taliban,” is focused on keeping just one job: his own. And here in Northern Virginia our traffic debacle has somehow gotten worse, especially with the mammoth new Mark Center building (supported by Moran) opening for business on I-395.

Hyper-partisanship. Traffic Gridlock. Out-of-control spending. Or as I prefer to call it: “Jim Moran’s playbook.”

When I joined the Army some 26 years ago I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution – there is no statute of limitations on that oath. So I told myself that I could sit around and complain about it or I could roll up my sleeves and try to fix the problems and find a way back to who we are. And that’s what I intend to do.

Winning will not be easy. I am a decided underdog in a tough Congressional District running against a career politician who is very good at bullying, intimidation and self preservation. That’s the bad news.

On the flip side, there is much to be optimistic about. In 2010 when I ran, I started at ground zero, freshly out of the Army with no campaign experience, no name recognition and only a handful of supporters. Well, I’m very proud of what we accomplished; over 72,000 people voted for me, we raised a substantial amount of money, and we had legions of energetic volunteers out knocking doors, making phone calls, putting out signs and stuffing envelopes. Now we have that firm foundation to stand upon, and redistricting should also help our side. Combine all of that with Party backing and a dynamic, professional campaign team with national experience and a solid record of winning difficult races in tough Districts and we are light years ahead of where we were last time.

  • yequalsy

    Be sure and spend lots of money. It’s good for the economy.

  • Lou

    Good move for him. He will pull more votes in a contentious national election year from the turnout. And like he says, he has a prior campaign structure to fall back on.

    Virginia is going to draw a lot of national attention next year, so anything could happen.

  • KalashniKEV

    I would like to see Moran and Murray square off in the octagon.

  • Creamed

    Dear Patrick,

    You are going to get creamed…. AGAIN. You are just not a very good candidate. Maybe if you get your party to nominate someone who has more in common with the electorate they would have some success in NoVa.

    • KalashniKEV

      You have more in common with Moran than Murray??????

      • novasteve

        “Prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Moran told an antiwar audience in Reston, Virginia, that if “it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this. The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going, and I think they should”. This brought criticism from many of his own party, including, among others, Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle and Senator Joe Lieberman. Nancy Pelosi, who was House Minority Leader at the time, remarked that “Moran’s comments have no place in the Democratic Party.”[59]

        • KalashniKEV


          I didn’t know Moran had more in common with the electorate… do a lot of our neighbors hate the Jew?

    • Zoning Victim

      “You are just not a very good candidate.”

      And that’s the whole problem, isn’t it? Good candidates are not necessarily good leaders. This should be obvious from the current state of affairs in the United States. Maybe if we start picking good leaders instead of good campaigners, things will turn around.

      • Chris L.

        And a good leader he is… 24 years in the military…military liason to the UN…well-educated….well spoken…not a politician.

        • KalashniKEV

          According to the (self-serving) Arlington Dems, military service doesn’t count as public service and the Republicans are the “Taliban Ticket.”

          After having read that, it makes me wonder if Moran has ever gone eyeball to eyeball with the heathen savage yonder, smelled his breath, and understood what that meant? It’s really shocking that you can make a statement like that and not resign within 24 hours, let alone run and WIN!?

          It speaks to the sad state of our electorate.

          • LEB

            Military service is the most important of any sort for the nation as a whole. Military leadership and senior staff experience is great training for later elected official service. Only 22% of Congress is now veterans (both parties). The President and all but one Republican candidate have zero military training or experience. Not one of them is a combat vet.

            So get off your horse that one party is more supportive of the military. There was a problem in the 1970s, but that’s a long time passing. Arlington County leadership has a good supportive relationship with our military bases. Several Dems are veterans or spouses of veterans or have worked for national defense.

            As for Mr. Murray, can you explain his military duties and rank?

            The real issue with him is that at least two years ago, he had not participated in ANY of the many local government advisory committees or commissions, public schools, or anything else connected with Arlington or our Congressional District’s civic life. Military service does not provide that essential background.

            Perhaps he’s started to fix that hole in his experience over the past two years. Do you know?

          • Smoke_Jaguar4

            I can explain his military duties and rank, and I’m not impressed. I read his brief bio at his website and I did not see any proof that Mr. Murray has any tactical experience. Instead his background is Intelligence and a Foreign Area Officer; almost his entire time overseas was spent in embassies. If he had “gone eyeball to eyeball with the heathen savage yonder”, it’s because he wined-and-dined him at soirees and coctails.

            It looks like he dodged combat during Desert Storm and didn’t get over to Iraq until 2007, where he served in the HQ, again a non-combat role.

            In short, Mr. Murry is the classic definition of a “Shoe”; an officer who eschews combat boots for cushy office assignments. Think Dilbert’s Pointy-Haired-Boss in a uniform. The Pentagon is crawling with his type and they are a bain upon the true fighting force. As a military member, after reading his bio I’m now less inclined to support him.

        • drax

          Well, “not a politician” is a tough one.

  • Bender

    One’s knee-jerk animus and irrational hatred for anything Republican must really exceed the infinite when people will continue to vote for Jim Moran, who should have long ago been dumped for being the obnoxious bore and brain-numb jerk that he is.

  • Valerie

    Patrick Murphy has said that he wants to overturn Roe v. Wade.

    • novasteve

      And Justice Ginsberg believes the same way, as she has famously stated it was a horribly decided decision.

      • drax

        Hmm, didn’t hear that, so I googled it to find out how you had come to that conclusion. I was not the least bit shocked to find out that you got it from rightwing media, who had completely distorted what she actually said.

        “Conservative media distort Ginsburg interview”


    • Chris L.

      If you can’t get his last name right, how can anyone expect that you could even quote the guy? Surprise, surprise, that’s not what he said.

  • TGEoA

    Too bad a dem doesn’t try and challenge Moron

    • yequalsy

      Exactly. There are plenty of Dems in Arlington who would love to see Moran replaced, but by another Democrat. I for one would never vote to give more power to the likes of Eric Cantor no matter how competent and moderate the Republican candidates appears. But Moran is beatable. The problem is that qualified Democratic candidates are afraid to oppose him. This fear is understandable for a couple of reasons but it helps reinforce the illusion that he’s unbeatable. I think Kate Hanley would have wiped the floor with him several years ago. Zimmerman can beat him. Someone like Hope or Fisette probably can too. But they’re all sitting around waiting for Moran to retire. Good luck with that. The only way he’s living — short of primary defeat — is feet first.

      • Bluemontsince1961

        At this point, I’d vote for anybody if they could win against Moran, whether Democrat, Republican, yellow dog, or blue dog. IMHO, new blood is long overdue. But…..I don’t think Moran will retire, he’ll stay until he passes on to meet his Maker.

      • TGEoA

        Zimmerman has his eyes on that, but he’s a different kind of douche. I’d have no problems with Fissete.

        • KalashniKEV

          Not even with the giant check?

  • Just the Facts

    Well, glad to see he avoided the very “hyper-partisanship” he complained about in his announcement email. They (all politicians, both sides) just don’t get it and likely never will….

    • Bluemontsince1961

      “They (all politicians, both sides) just don’t get it and likely never will….”

      I agree with that, Just the Facts.

      • yequalsy

        What don’t they get? We want lots of services without paying for it. That’s exactly what they give us.

        • KalashniKEV

          Are you not paying for it? I am… a bunch of nonsense too. I don’t want lots of services. I want basic services and lower taxes.

          • yequalsy

            Ever heard of the debt and deficit? Do you think for a second there’s genuine support in this country for addressing it? Even among hardcore Tea-Party types? No, there’s not. Everyone supports balanced budgets in the abstract but not when it gets down to real choices.

  • Reality Might Interfere

    What will Murray’s response be?

    Traffic girdlock? Oh, so he is far more public transit or is he for more spending on highways? Answer: Against any spending by the government.

    Deficit and bad decisions? Murray supports repeal of the political Bush tax cuts? Answer: No.

    Government Spending? Murray supports the civilian government employees and the billions spend with outside contractors that make up his constituents? Answer: No, cut off their heads.

    Wrong guy in the wrong district. He might as well howl at the moon.

    As for a Democratic challenge, the massive amount money necessary to beat Moron would be difficult to raise and then any winner would need to raise more for the soon-thereafter general election. Moron is a moron, but the public always loves its member of congress and thinks the rest of congress is nuts.

    • drax

      “the public always loves its member of congress and thinks the rest of congress is nuts.”

      Uh-oh, someone’s a poli-sci major.

  • Josh S

    I agree with the general consensus here. Probably more than 50% of Arlingtonians believe that the country is on the wrong track. However, they don’t believe that a Republican will get us any closer to the right track. So, Moran wins again.

    A Democratic challenger would be awesome, though.

    I haven’t voted for Moran since he voted to release all the tawdry details about Clinton’s affair to the public. That it happened, the public needed to know. Exactly what orifices were penetrated with exactly what implements, we did not.


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