Candidate Essay: Rep. Jim Moran

by June 11, 2012 at 11:15 am 3,647 41 Comments

Last week we asked the two Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, Eighth District of Virginia, to write a sub-500 word essay on why the county’s residents should vote for them during tomorrow’s (Tuesday, June 12) primary.

Here is the unedited response from incumbent Rep. Jim Moran:

I’ve dedicated my adult life to fighting for Northern Virginia; to strengthen our economy, promote social progress and safeguard our environment for future generations. Northern Virginia’s economy has been highly resilient through one of the worst downturns in U.S. history. Our proximity to the federal government, capitalizing on a creative class of technology entrepreneurs, government contractors and a diversity of small businesses has provided steady growth. We are now being challenged by conservative attempts to hollow out the federal government, regardless of the serious, negative, economic and societal impact it would have. I am using my role on the Appropriations Committee to fight to overcome these challenges and ensure that the 8th District remains the best place to work and live in the country.

  • WeiQiang

    … and awaayyyy we go. Nothing like a piece about and by Jim Moran to get ArlNow fired up. Is it too early for popcorn?

    • Elmer

      You can eat your popcorn, cotton candy and get on the ferris wheel now.
      Moran is a big enough clown to carry on the circus all by himself.

      • WeiQiang

        True enough, but the Congressional Clown Car is party-neutral.

  • roquer

    Let see what Moran has REALLY done for us: 1994, he began the motor-voter law which began the process of giving illegals social security numbers without bothering to check in with Immigrations. Ultimately this led us to giving the 9/11 terrorists driver’s licenses so they could then easily get around in the U.S.
    He has managed his own personal life badly. Check with his first wife on that matter.
    He has had zero to do with Northern Va. & small business growth: the military growth comes from the Pentagon and the small gov’t contractors comes from the Strategic Defense Intiative, (missile defense) which Moran and the Democrats have steadily attempted to get rid of since Reagan proposed in 1980. Moran instead loves the MAD treaty, Mutual Assured Destruction.
    He follows the Liberal way of high taxes on everybody that works and giving away money to everyone else who don’t work.
    Yeah, Moran is a real credit to Northern Va. alright. With friends like Jim Moran, who on earth would need an enemy!

    • drax

      The motor-voter law did not involve driver’s licenses. It did not change the law on issuing SSN’s. It was about voter registration. Your post is nothing but a rightwing email rumor based on completely false facts.

    • do do head

      Yep, if it wasn’t for Jim Moran, 9/11 would never have happened.

  • Tabby_TwoTone

    Concise and to the point. Bravo.

  • Bluemontsince1961

    Hang on, it is going to be a heck of bumpy ride!

  • Jason S.

    I wonder if Jim realizes the federal government’s main purpose isn’t to stimulate the economy in and around the beltway at the expense of those who don’t live around here.

    • WeiQiang

      Any politician from the DMV is in a strange position, but really not much different from a politician elsewhere. They all try to promote the businesses in their districts. In Moran’s case, he and the others have the embarrassment of riches that is the gov’t and gov’t contracting. For better or worse, businesses in the DMV influence the decisions [lobbyists and contractor support for the HQs of agencies] of the gov’t, which in turn direct funds to projects/programs/manufacturing in the rest of the county. These folks are highly paid.

      Kind of OT to your point, but I’m struck by the contention that the gov’t hasn’t created a single job [which is a meme I’ve heard]. Given that we maintain a standing military of hundreds of thousands of uniformed employees and defense contractors employ hundreds of thousands to make defense products, I really question what the point of this line of reasoning is.

  • Novanglus

    124 words down, 376 to go.

    Disappointing. Maybe he could have said something about what he’s actually accomplished that any other democrat with a pulse couldn’t have? I’d like to go back to supporting him like I did until 2002, but he needs to give me a good reason.

    • John Fontain

      I agree. I read this short blip of a paragraph and thought, “I guess he doesn’t worry enough about getting votes to put more than 30 seconds into writing this.”

      • drax

        Less is more.

        • John Fontain

          When it comes to taxes, I agree.

          • drax

            Of course you do! You can’t get the difference between amounts and rates.

        • Novanglus

          Less is more, if it’s equally substantive. But there’s nothing substantive here, other than touting his seniority on the Appropriations pork factory. Without mentioning that he’s a laughingstock in the minority caucus, earmarks have been banned anyway, and on his watch thousands of Federal jobs have been BRAC’d to the 11th district, Ft Meade, and other places around the country, while DOD created transportation nightmares at Mark Center and Arlington Hall.

          Shuttleworth has no record to run on, and he may have a learning curve. But Congress was supposed to be made of citizen legislators, not career ribbon-cutters. I’ll vote for him tomorrow, and in November I’ll probably write in Jay Fisette for the 5th time.

          • David Bain

            Good comment…it is about citizens…why would any sane person enter politics…we have in office what we put in office…and are responsible for the ridiculous state we are in.

          • drax

            So you’re complaining about who we elect, but also saying anyone who runs is insane? I don’t get it.

  • Rob Geeeee

    The legacy of Jim Moran speaks for itself. If he didn’t earmark millions of tax dollars for Northern Virginia, he would’ve been voted out years ago. His tenure is a direct and accurate reflection of the vapid and inept electorate who vote him into office. Moran’s ticket out of office will likely come in the form of a federal indictment.

    • WeiQiang

      I’m not disagreeing in the case if Moran, but how is this different from EVERY other politician, irrespective of part?

      • WeiQiang

        … y?

        • Andrew

          So they all do it, so let’s not worry about it?

      • David Bain

        Because we live here…we vote here and Jim Moran is our little problem we allowed to represent us…it is time to take some responsibility and move him out

    • drax

      So if he didn’t do something the voters like, he’d be voted out?

      Astute observation.

    • Terry

      “The legacy of Jim Moran speaks for itself. If he didn’t earmark millions of tax dollars for Northern Virginia, he would’ve been voted out years ago.”

      Please, Rob Geeeee, explain to us how this is different from any other politician in any other part of the country. Please……

    • Terry

      And please spare me the inept TEA party crap about how politicians and earmarks are bad blah blah blah. That’s what a Congressman DOES, they go to Washington to bring back money for their districts.

      Go back to high school and take a Government class….. or was that cut from your HS because of a lack of money in your district?

      • Number and gender

        You should go back to high school and take an English class… or was that cut from your HS because of a lack of money in your district?

        You could better express your misunderstanding of civics.

      • Andrew

        A Congressman’s purpose is not to go to Washington to bring back money for their districts. Their purpose is to vote and act on behalf of their districts.

        • David Bain

          Thank you…

  • Summer’s Eve

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  • madeofjade

    Politicians are professional crooks and liars – arguing about which one is right is about the biggest waste of time in the world.

    • drax

      So astute.

  • madeofjade

    Except maybe NASCAR…

    • madeofclay

      …or participating in the “Occupy” movement.

  • Becoming indifferent

    A good politician will bring home money to his district, but this should be balanced with the greater good for the nation–interstate highway funds, certain types of military contracts. The late John Murtha was one of the kings of earmarks and pork, but a lot of his benefited his district only, like getting money for an airport that nobody uses, not even the people in his district.

    Moran may have done a lot for the 8th District in terms of getting federal funds, but I think anyone who represents a district so close to DC would be able to do this, and not act like such a buffoon.

  • ClarendonDweller

    His “role on the appropriations committee” is meaningless now that the House has done away with earmarks. He’s not bringing anything home to Arlington. However, some of you may be pleased to know that Moran is great (albeit unsuccessful) at standing up and trying to shout down the appropriations riders that the Republicans bring up during the Committee process. How that is “helping to ensure that the 8th District remains the best place to work and live in the country” is beyond me.

  • Enough already

    A monkey, I mean even Jim Moran can get re-elected as a democrat in this area. Politics in this area are embarassing

    • CMo

      We’ve actually had some good Virginia governors and stellar US Senators from Virginia – more than can be mentioned in this limited space. Moran has some foibles, but his positions on the substantive issues are generally consistent with those of the Democratic constituency he represents, and I get the impression he is very much engaged. He has done some very good work in combatting the ill-conceived BRAC efforts – efforts that would have moved highly paid, highly educated workers from Arlington to Ft Belvoir, and that would have added to the gridlock on the areas roads. I met Congressman Moran ten years ago and was unimpressed. I spoke with him last month and he was pleasant and knowledgeable as any leader should be. That tells me he’s human. I am not at all offended by Moran’s short response to this request – no such thing as a bad short speech. He deserves our consideration and will get my vote.

      • Rick

        Did you bother to meet and speak with his challenger, Shuttleworth?

        I did. He impressed me and I think he is clearly Democratic in his views but is fed up with the status quo.

        If we all performed questionably in our jobs, then it is ours to lose. Moran has been questioned for far too long now.

        Versus any current member of Congress, I find little to argue against the heart, loyalty, and education of a former Navy pilot and Harvard MBA grad. Shuttleworth would be good for both VA and America. Change for VA8 isn’t bad, it’s refreshingly competent against the questionable old guard.

    • drax

      Like many districts, it’s gerrymandered to be safe for one party or the other. That’s about the lines, not the voters.

  • LuLu

    You can tell Moran’s lying when his lips are moving. Too bad we’ll NEVER get rid of him! His role on the appropriations committee means nothing… duh, he’s in the minority party in the House. Thank God.


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