April 10, 2014

What a surprise: nobody agrees with Jim Moran

A new Huffington Post/YouGov poll out this week shows that only 3% of people agree with Jim Moran that members of Congress are underpaid. A whopping 69% think they’re overpaid. Surprised? Didn’t think so.

Americans do not think Congress is underpaid, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted after outgoing member of Congress Jim Moran (D-Va.) asked Americans to take pity on their struggling representatives, whom he said can’t afford to “live decently” on their current salaries.

“I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran said in a recent interview with CQ Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

In fact, 69 percent of Americans think members of Congress are paid too much, according to the new poll. Sixteen percent think they are paid about the right amount, and only 3 percent agreed with Moran that members of Congress are paid too little.

Continue reading at Huffington Post

April 3, 2014

Moran’s latest comment will make your blood boil

Wait until you hear Jim Moran’s latest – you may want to sit down for this one. The Huffington Post said “this comment rates five out of five pitchforks”. Here’s what he told Roll Call:

I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid. I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world, and a lot of members can’t even afford to live decently at their job in Washington.”

Members of Congress make $174,000 a year – that puts them in the top 2%. And that’s not all – they get generous 401(k) plans, pensions, health benefits, and Social Security. Jim Moran will get a pension plan in excess of $50,000 per year for life, in addition to the 401(k) and Social Security. Members of Congress haven’t had a pay cut since the Great Depression. And we’re not even taking into account the fact that most members of Congress are personally wealthy outside of their congressional salary – more than half of them are millionaires.

The average income in the 8th District is $111,455 (as of 2010). That means Jim Moran makes 36% more than his average constituent. Members of Congress make over three times the median U.S. household income.

And Jim Moran thinks they’re underpaid.

Is your blood boiling yet?

February 17, 2014

Jim Moran: The $15 Million Congressman

Michael Lee Pope of The Connection Newspapers gives some insight on Jim Moran’s prolific fundraising during his tenure in Congress.

http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2014/jan/30/jim-moran-15-million-congressman/

Jim Moran: The $15 Million Congressman

During his years in Congress, Moran raised and spent about $1 million each campaign cycle.

By Michael Lee Pope

Thursday, January 30, 2014

One of the first things that happened after U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) announced he would not be running for reelection this year was that he cancelled a fundraising event. The fundraiser, scheduled for Jan. 24 at the Art and Soul Restaurant on Capitol Hill. Ostensibly it was to raise money for his reelection campaign, a lunch with suggested contributions ranging from $500 to $2,500. But after the congressman announced he would not be seeking a 13th term in the House of Representatives, the event was canceled.

January 28, 2014

Washington Jewish Week on Moran’s retirement

Douglas Bloomfield of the Washington Jewish Week:

“Among the many Members of the 113th Congress who’ve announced plans to retire this year, some will be sorely missed…But some won’t be.

[Moran] was willing to trample the facts, especially when we went off on one of his rants about Israel.  He has been a classic case of putting the mouth in gear and the brain in park. In my experience lobbying him I got the clear impression he was not only hostile toward Israel but never smart or interested enough to understand the issues no matter where he stood. He said there wouldn’t have been a war in Iraq “if it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community.” When someone suggested he sounded like an anti-Semite, he replied that wasn’t possible since his daughter was converting to marry a Jew and he approved.

Most of those retiring won’t be returning home.  They’ll just take their fat government pensions and drive down to K Street to sign up with one of the lobbying shops that will pay them big bucks to go back up the Hill to twist the arms of their former colleagues.”

January 27, 2014

Moran says Obamacare could unravel

Jim Moran told WAMU on Friday that he fears Obamacare could unravel. Luckily for him, he’s retiring so he won’t have to deal with the mess of a law he pushed so hard to pass, and he doesn’t have to run on it so he doesn’t have to cower out of telling the truth:

 

January 15, 2014

Statement on Jim Moran’s Retirement Announcement

Since April 2010, RetireJimMoran.com has been working to expose Jim Moran’s record and hold him accountable. Today, we are pleased to receive word that Jim Moran will retire at the end of his term.

Jim Moran has been embarrassing the 8th District since he took office in 1991. His repeated bombastic and offensive remarks, from blaming the Iraq War on Jews to declaring that a Republican opponent who had served 24 years in the Army was not a public servant, have led to intense criticism from not only the right but the left as well. His antics have been fodder for Washington gossip columns, including an incident with an eight-year-old boy he accused of trying to steal his car, and a time where he verbally assaulted a Catholic priest after Mass.

While we would have preferred a forced retirement of Jim Moran by the voters at the polls later this year, it’s quite clear that Jim Moran realized that he could not get away with his deplorable conduct as a member of Congress anymore. Since RetireJimMoran.com was launched, complete with highly visible yard signs, bumper stickers, ad campaigns, and social media outreach, Moran has become less and less visible to his constituents. He has held only a handful of public meetings after in the last few years after multiple incidents, including one town hall where he scolded a disabled veteran and told him to “sit down or leave” after the veteran asked him a question about how military benefits would be affected by a possible government shutdown in the spring of 2011. Moran has not held a public meeting during the August recess, when members of Congress are supposed to go home and meet with constituents, since 2009. It is clear that Jim Moran realized he did not know how to handle himself and control his temper in the new media age where everyone has a video camera, and as such stopped putting himself before the general public, preferring instead to go to safe environments such as Democratic party events or other closed meetings.

In 2012, Moran was rocked by a scandal in which his son Patrick Moran, who was also a campaign staffer, was recorded advising an undercover activist on how to commit voter fraud. A few weeks later, it was revealed that the same son pleaded guilty to assault after he slammed his girlfriend’s head into a metal trash can outside a D.C. bar. Moran responded by saying his son was a “good kid” and that the incident was “embarrassing” and an “accident”. Moran was condemned for trivializing the incident and perpetuating the cycle of violence through his statements on the matter. At the time, RetireJimMoran.com said, “Jim Moran really needs to consider whether his time in Congress is worthwhile anymore – his behavior in the public spotlight has not only affected him personally but his wives and children too,” and called on him to resign.

It has been a sharp decline in the career of a politician who has ten times been re-elected by comfortable margins.

RetireJimMoran.com will continue to hold Jim Moran accountable through the end of his term, and for as long as he remains in the public eye.