Official Statement of RetireJimMoran.com
If Jim Moran has any respect for American democracy, he should end his political career. Congressman Moran just yesterday co-wrote a letter to the Department of Justice asking for an investigation into a consulting whose employee Colin Small was arrested last week on 13 counts of voter fraud. But if his own son conspired to do the same thing, Moran bears responsibility. This is a case of ‘”like father, like son” – if Pat Moran was willing to assist someone in committing a felony, it’s because his father has created a climate to allow it.
This video is shocking to most people, but it is totally unsurprising to many citizens of the 8th District, who have dealt with countless ethics violations and embarrassments over the past 21 years. In the past two years alone, Moran has been implicated in pay-to-play earmark schemes, manipulated the BRAC/Mark Center debacle for financial and political gain, and engaged in insider trading just days before the financial crisis of 2008 hit.
This voter fraud story is just the tip of the iceberg. Enough is enough. This is the culmination of 21 years of abuse of our system of government. The 8th District and the American people deserve better. If Congressman Moran has any regard whatsoever for our system of government, his constituents, and the American people, he should do the right thing: resign.
Scandal after scandal. Controversy after controversy. Embarrassment after embarrassment. It never ends.
It’s time for Jim Moran to go. It’s time for him to resign.
You may be thinking, “the site is called retire Jim Moran, of course you want him to resign.” But we have never called for Moran to resign before. The story that broke yesterday is the straw that broke the camel’s back.
On its own as an isolated incident, is the story of Moran’s son conspiring to commit voter fraud significant enough to call on him to resign? Absolutely not. But the problem is that these scandals are constant; never-ending when it comes to Jim Moran.
Congress has sunken to unbelievable lows in public sentiment these days. Polls routinely show approval ratings for Congress in the single digits. The title “Congressman” used to carry some honor; it commanded respect. Now, all too often, it provokes feelings of pessimism and disdain. And we wonder why that is.
Put simply, it’s people like Jim Moran. As people across the nation see the video of Pat Moran, they react in disgust, and rightfully so. The effect was the same when Moran yelled at a veteran last year, and so on. People were watching football last year one Sunday night when 60 Minutes came on and exposed the reprehensible insider trading that goes on in Congress – with Jim Moran as one of the most prolific traders. And they reacted in disgust.
When members of Congress act like this, is it really any wonder why political discourse has devolved so much and people hate the federal government?
Congressman Moran, you need to take a long, hard look at the destruction you’ve caused over the past 22 years to our political system. There comes a time when you have to put others above your own personal ambitions. It’s time we start restoring a sense of honor and integrity into our American institutions. When members of Congress and their families are practically committing crimes, everyone suffers. Congressman Moran, this is your opportunity to create real change in America. You obviously love your job, or you wouldn’t keep running. But the time has come for you to step aside. Start a chain reaction so we can really clean house and start restoring pride into our American institutions of government.
It wasn’t you, it was your son who did what he did. But we in the 8th District are tired of the embarrassment. We’re tired of the scandals. We want a representative with integrity. And time and time again, you’ve failed to meet our expectations.
Why did your son resign yesterday? He did it for something, someone bigger than himself – you, his father, the congressman. Surely it was painful and unpleasant. But it was the right thing to do. Now it’s your turn. Step down for something and someone bigger than yourself – the American people. You can be the spark that renews our spirit – you can start the process of rehabilitating our Republic. We don’t have to be a divided people. Do the right thing – it’s not easy, but it’s what’s best for your constituents and the American people.