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Democrats grow tired of Jim Moran

Recently, the Virginia Democrat wrote a post about his frustrations with the Democratic Party of Virginia. One of his frustrations was Congressman Jim Moran. Here’s what he had to say about him:

“Jim Moran – You have lost your only chance to be a House committee chairmen… won’t ever happen for you… as a committee chair, you would have the authority to send resources to Alexandria and Arlington, part of the economic power engine in the State of Virginia. It’s time for you to retire. We need new blood in your seat… someone that is in touch with the district and it’s needs… someone that has a chance to lead. You’ve been a back bencher for years and it’s time for you to end that charade.”

Hard to believe that even after Jim Moran says that “I earmark a lot of money that Democrats claim that he’s been a “back bencher for years.”

I agree. It’s time for Jim to retire.

 

Notable local Democrat calls out Jim Moran

Check out this story posted on Not Larry Sabato, a popular Democratic blog about Virginia politics. NLS covers the Moran-PMA Group scandal in a concise and clear way.

The media has taken notice as well; check out this story from the Arlington Connection and this article from ARLnow.

Moran: More of the same.

If anyone went to the Murray-Moran debate last night, they will tell you that Jim Moran defended his 16-page mailer, as well as other wasteful spending. He even admitted it! Check it out here:

As we all know, this isn’t the first time that Jim Moran is being ridiculous. Earlier this summer, he went on Hardball to say that “the economy has recovered.”

In addition, at his kick-off event this past summer he made the ridiculous claim that his opponent “wants to shoot illegal immigrants.” Watch below:

Debate this Tuesday!

Jim Moran will be debating Patrick Murray this Tuesday. Below are the details.

Arlington County Civic Federation candidates forum, Sept 7th at 7:30 pm.
Location: Virginia Hospital Center (Hazel Auditorium) 1701 N. George Mason Dr., Arlington (between Wash. Blvd. & Lee Hwy. – see map)

More info: CivFed site

Let’s hope that Jim behaves a little bit better than he did at his last debate.  He really needs to work on being nicer to the voters asking questions at these debates. Let’s watch to see how he did at a debate in 2008.

Yikes. He starts off by being rude, and then he yells at one of his own constituents!

Jim Moran uses taxpayer dollars to fund re-election campaign

Abusing what is known as “the franking privilege”, Jim Moran has sent out thousands of campaign mailers to constituents in the 8th District with the following words written in fine print:

“This mailer was prepared, published, and mailed at taxpayer expense.”

Unbelievable. He’s campaigning with our tax dollars. The franking privilege allows members of Congress to send out informative mailers at taxpayers’ expense. These mailers are clearly not informative, they are advertising. These mailers can’t be cheap; it’s an eight page double-sided booklet explaining his stances on various issues, services his office provides, and all the things he’s spending our money on in Congress. Postage must be very expensive. His office may claim it’s a service to his constituents, but it’s obvious that it’s not.

The franking privilege is abused by members of Congress from both parties, and that’s another reason why the American people are so angry with out-of-touch incumbents like Jim Moran.

Below are a couple of scans from the mailer. Click to see the full sized image.

Opening letter that shows what Moran has been doing.

Partial list of tax dollars Jim Moran has used.

This isn’t the first time Moran has done something like this. In early June, the popular blog about Virginia politics, Not Larry Sabato, which is quite liberal, criticized Moran for using taxpayer dollars to campaign. He was referencing “Congressman Moran on Demand,” a series of videos made for “constituent outreach”. Here’s what he said:

Cable companies are now allowing Congressman to create infomercials to put on TV in the “On Demand” channel.  Jim Moran has taken advantage of this first with some nice looking, well produced content.  They are calling it “Jim Moran On Demand”. I think this is an absolutely horrible idea. Incumbents already have plenty of advantages, without getting their own channel for propaganda on local cable TV…

….These videos are produced at taxpayer expense from the office account, and paid for through the same account which they do mailings through.

(Source: Not Larry Sabato)

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How can we trust Moran with our money?

In his spare time, Jim Moran likes to waste not only taxpayer dollars,

“I’m going to earmark the s*** out of it.”

In 2006, Moran was talking about the Democrats’ chances of taking the House in 2006 (which they did) when he exclaimed, “When I become chairman [of a House appropriations subcommittee], I’m going to earmark the sh*t out of it.”

(Source: Sun Gazette)

“Rep. Moran himself is responsible for 67 earmarks in the fiscal 2008 budget, worth $97 million.” (Source: CAGW)

but he likes to waste his own money as well. Check out today’s front page article in the Washington Post.

In 1995 and 1996, Moran lost about $120,000 in investments on risky stock options and futures contracts….

…When Moran’s second marriage faltered, both sides in the divorce proceedings accused the other of misspending. A lawyer for Mary Moran said in court filings in 1999 that her husband had a history of “wasting the family assets on his stock market gambling.”

The article also says that Congressman Moran requested earmarks for two companies – General Dynamics and BAE Systems – in which he and/or his wife owned stock.

How about we elect someone who’s NOT corrupt this year?