August 29, 2014

“I wanted to get the money out of politics”

“‘“I wanted to get the money out of politics,’ he says. “I still do, but it’s gotten worse. I wanted to be transformational, in my naiveté. I was surprised at the influence that various interest groups had, domestically and internationally.”

That’s what Jim Moran said in an interview with ARLnow.

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Let’s look at his record. Jim Moran raised millions of dollars in each election cycle, despite almost never facing a close race. He engaged in pay-to-play schemes in which he secured earmarks in exchange for campaign contributions for companies like the infamous PMA Group, which was shut down by the feds, and the corporations behind the Mark Center (which might as well be named the Moran Center). He used confidential insider information to get himself out of the stock market before it crashed in 2008. (Oh, and he tried to raise Congress’s pay.)

Jim Moran wants to get money out of politics? Please.

July 19, 2014

Russia bans Jim Moran

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Russia has apparently banned Jim Moran from entering the country.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has placed a U.S. lawmaker and 12 other people connected with the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq on its list of those banned from entering the country.

In a statement Saturday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said congressman Jim Moran, a Democrat from Virginia, was banned in response to the July 2 U.S. ban on Russian parliament member Adam Delimkhanov. He said Moran had been repeatedly accused of financial misdeeds but didn’t elaborate.

Moran said he suspects the ban was due to his sponsoring an amendment to a defense appropriations bill approved by the House that bars the U.S. purchase of helicopters from Rosoboronexport, the Russian state arms dealer which he accused of being ‘the principal supplier to the Assad regime in Syria.’

Moran said he has no plans to travel to Russia.

Whatever their reasoning, they could just make up some misdeed or abuse and it would probably be true of Jim Moran, given his long and infamous record.

July 15, 2014

Moran says terrorist rockets into Israel are “fairly feckless”

Jim Moran’s well documented prejudice against Jews and Israel is causing him to be downright ridiculous., On MSNBC last night, he said that the rockets being fired into Israel by the terrorist group Hamas are “fairly feckless”.

[R]eally these rockets that have been fired from the Gaza Strip, they’re fairly feckless. I mean, they fall in land that is generally unoccupied, but nevertheless, they are a threat. And I suspect if Hamas could kill people with them, they certainly would.

(Transcript) Moran appears at 10:15, and the remark is at 11:00 -

Do these look feckless?

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Ask these civilians whose homes were destroyed how “feckless” the rockets were:

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These civilians taking cover obviously don’t think terrorist rockets are “feckless”:

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It’s clear that Jim Moran opposes Israel in any and every matter, including the current conflict. But he should not dismiss the suffering and danger being faced by Israelis from terrorist rockets.

(And by the way, an Israeli died today.)

June 16, 2014

Moran insults millions of Americans

In a bizarre interview with the Talk Radio News Service, Jim Moran said millions of voters in “the south and Appalachian states” didn’t vote for Obama because they are racists, and that gun owners are “insecure”.

Here are the strangest excerpts:

TRNS: Are some Republican lawmakers racist against the President?

I think some of the opposition to President Obama has been because he’s African American. I think that’s particularly the case in the south and Appalachian states, because these are not traditional Republicans. They tend to vote Democratic, but in many cases did not vote Democratic in 2008 and 2012, and I suspect the principle reason is because Mr. Obama is African American, and people in Congress are elected to represent their constituents, and I think they understand the reason for some of the opposition to President Obama. It’s more nuanced. I’m not accusing members of Congress of being racist. I think that they understand that race is still an issue in American society, and I do think that they were factors in the 2008 and 2012 electoral results.

TRNS: On gun laws: Will mass shootings stop when Americans are so desensitized they no longer care about them?

… The NRA has become an evil institution in terms of its motivation. It’s all about maximizing the sales of guns, because it’s funded by the manufacturers, and I think that it gets its political support from insecure men who feel that they need to arm themselves to protect themselves. I just find the whole thing repulsive. Men shouldn’t have to have a semi-automatic weapon to feel safe and secure and to be able to protect their families.

Moran made similar comments about race in 2011. Moran cites gridlock as the main reason for his retirement – has it ever occurred to him that he is helping to create the toxic political climate that is responsible for the gridlock?

Jim Moran needs to apologize.

April 30, 2014

He’s at it again…

UPDATE 5/1: Unsurprisingly, yesterday the House Rules Committee rejected Moran’s amendment and stopped it from going to the House floor.

Jim Moran has been ridiculed and laughed at across the nation for his suggestion that Congress is underpaid. But The Washington Post reports he’s still at it – after his first proposal to provide a $2,800 raise was soundly rejected in a House committee, he’s now pushing for the proposal to be considered by the whole House. (If he succeeds in getting it to the floor, we can reasonably expect it to fail 434-1.)

Jim Moran: the definition of out of touch.

Rep. Moran trying again on housing stipend for Congress

By Eric Yoder || April 29 at 1:51 pm

When a House committee recently rejected Rep. Jim Moran’s idea to create a housing stipend for members of Congress, he suggested that he would try again. Now he is.

Moran (D-Va.) is making another attempt to attach his proposal to the annual spending bill covering Congress. He has asked the House Rules Committee to allow the full House to consider his plan when it votes on the bill later this week.

Moran proposes to create a $25 a day stipend, effective next year, which members could choose at their discretion if they maintain a primary residence more than 50 miles from the District. It would apply only to days Congress is in session, which he said would translate this year to about $2,800.

Continue reading at The Washington Post

April 22, 2014

The News Virginian gives Moran a reality check

The News Virginian, a newspaper in west-central Virginia, ripped Jim Moran in an editorial published Friday. Here’s an excerpt; click here to read the full editorial.

“Everyone knows a whiner. They’re the people who always seem to find something to complain about. They have a nice car, but it could be better. Their house may be gorgeous, but it could always be bigger and retain heat better. Or, as in the case of the U.S. Congress, they may be making more than $100,000 and still feel underpaid.

It’s hard for any Congressman to defend the need for a raise. Yet that’s exactly what 8th District Rep. Jim Moran did. The former mayor of Alexandria and member of the Democratic Party asked for a $25-a-day stipend in addition to the regular $174,000 annual salary, so that members of Congress who aren’t as wealthy as their counterparts can afford to stay in Washington during the session. Fortunately,his proposal was killed in committee. Still, it’s not a new suggestion and we wonder how it is that as studies show Congressional wealth is on the rise, members declare they’re struggling.

Try going to the unemployment line and explain how tough it is living off $174,000 a year. We’re sure the 20-year factory worker, who was laid off in favor of a cheaper replacement, would be glad to hear that sad story. Or better yet, tell the returning soldier who’s looking for a way to support his family how Congress needs a raise and then explain to him why there were debates about cutting out the cost of living increase for military pensions.”

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