Year in Review: Moran Edition

2011 was another solid year in Jim Moran’s world, as he managed to blow up on camera twice (he never learns); accuse the American people of being racist; continue his games with the Mark Center; attend a fundraiser with a terrorist; and much more.

He started the year as only Jim Moran can by saying that Republicans won control of the House because the American people are a bunch of racists:

[The Republican successes in the 2010 elections] happened for the same reason the Civil War happened in the United States. It happened because the Southern states, the slaveholding states, didn’t want to see a president who was opposed to slavery.  In this case, I believe, a lot of people in the United States don’t want to be governed by an African-American, particularly one who is liberal, who wants to spend money and who wants to reach out to include everyone in our society.

Does Jim Moran believe that the 71,145 citizens of the 8th District who voted for his Republican opponent in 2010 did so because they don’t like a black president? Apparently he does…(Full story)

Moran’s first legislative action of the year was to vote against a 5% cut in congressional office budgets. He was one of 13 out of 435 members of the House to vote against the cut. (Full story)

In March, Moran bombastically talked about getting around the House prohibition on earmarking. (Full story) Moran is one of Congress’s most notorious earmarkers – in fact, he was #4 on the list of top earmarkers in 2010. (Full story)

Moran spent some of the year tackling such important issues as styrofoam cups in the House cafeteria. (Full story)

The highlight of Moran’s 2011 came on April 7th, when he blew up in classic Jim Moran fashion at a Navy veteran and constituent at a town hall meeting:

RetireJimMoran’s video of the incident went viral, receiving over 100,000 hits online and being shown on local and national television networks, including MSNBC, Fox News, WUSA 9, and more. (Full story)

The week after his blow-up heard round the world, Moran hosted a taxpayer funded event that he spent thousands in taxpayer dollars advertising but didn’t feel the need to attend – after a five minute introductory speech, he left the event. Makes you wonder if you should laugh or cry. (Full story)

During the whole year, RetireJimMoran put the heat on Jim Moran for his games on the Mark Center debacle, publishing an extensive report exposing Moran’s politically brilliant but ethically wrong scheme of criticizing the Mark Center while benefiting from allowing it to happen. RetireJimMoran confronted Moran himself on local radio, and personally told Moran’s chief of staff that he could send a rebuttal of what this site has said on the matter, and it would be published here verbatim. Five months later, he has yet to send anything. (The offer is still good, though!)

In July, Moran held a very interesting event in which citizens could work together to find solutions to control our runaway debt. Unfortunately, Moran’s hyper-partisan speech at the event proved that Moran was going to ignore any solutions that came out of the event. (Full story)

Moran blew up on camera again in July. Watch his head nearly explode:

In August, Moran decided to take the month off instead of holding meetings with constituents during the congressional recess. He is so out of touch that he thinks he doesn’t need to listen to his constituents, and we reward him for it by re-electing him with 61% of the vote. (Full story)

In September, Moran introduced a bill to abolish the debt ceiling. Apparently he thinks the federal government should have unlimited spending power. (Full story)

In October, Moran headlined a fundraiser for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a shady organization with ties to terrorist groups like Hamas and to the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Moran was co-headlining the banquet with Imam Siraj Wahhaj, who the United States Department of Justice considers an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center building that killed six Americans and injured over a thousand more. Wahhaj has called the FBI and the CIA “terrorists” themselves, and wants all Americans to become Muslims. Moran has no problem with that, apparently. (Full story)

Moran rounded out the year by proposing a bill to restrict circuses’ use of animals, which would eliminate over 750 jobs, including 250 in the 8th District. (Full story)

A major scandal broke in November when author Peter Schweizer exposed the insider trading of members of Congress, where they trade stocks based on non-public information to turn a profit out of being a member of Congress. Schweizer revealed that in October 2008, Moran attended a closed-door briefing with top U.S. economic officials warning that an economic disaster was imminent. The next day, Moran dumped his shares in 90 different companies. When the financial crisis hit later that month, Moran emerged just fine while our portfolios tanked. (Full story)

It’s been quite a year for Jim Moran. Let’s make it his second-to-last year in Congress by voting him out of office on November 6, 2012. Happy New Year!