Arlington County Police decided not to criminally charge Pat Moran for the voter fraud scandal, but that doesn’t mean Moran has been cleared of wrongdoing. The police cited a lack of cooperation from the people behind the undercover video as the reason for closing the investigation. On a technicality, Pat Moran escapes criminal charges, but his name is forever tarnished, and his actions, and his father’s response to them, are forever part of Jim Moran’s record. We still find the actions of both Morans reprehensible, and that combined with Pat Moran’s conviction for brutally assaulting his girlfriend in December and Jim Moran’s “it was nothing” response to the assault, shows the true colors of the two Morans: an utter lack of character and integrity. And that’s worse than any criminal charge.
We took a bit of a break over the Christmas holiday season, but Jim Moran never takes a break from being a fool. The story about his son’s vicious criminal actions is no longer a viral story, but we don’t believe domestic violence should be subject to a 24 hour news cycle. The fact remains that Jim Moran still has not condemned his son’s actions. That is deplorable. Domestic violence is not a partisan or ideological issue. It’s a human issue. Regardless of your political views, domestic violence should never be tolerated. It is not a “private” matter. Which is more important, Jim: your political career, or the example you’re setting for not only your son but for the American people?
For the sake of your dignity and the gravity of domestic violence, we renew our calls in 2013: Resign.
Jim Moran: How Not to Respond to Domestic Violence
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…The police report stated that two officers saw Moran grab his girlfriend by the back of the head and smash her head into a metal trash can, breaking her nose and fracturing her skull.
Sadly, the aftermath of this crime has followed a pattern that prosecutors, police, and anti-violence activists know well: Moran successfully pled down to a slap on the wrist, in this case probation. Moran’s girlfriend is sticking by him, claiming she tripped and fell and that all this is a mistake. This entire pattern of events is what activists call the ‘cycle of violence,’ which is not—despite the inevitable media blather after any domestic-violence incident—the result either of an abuser having ‘anger management’ issues or the victim being stupid or a masochist. Domestic violence is a choice abusers make, and society makes the situation much worse by giving them a license to operate.
Representative Moran’s behavior this week, in fact, could serve as a checklist of all the ways that friends, family, colleagues, and society treat domestic violence, ways that make it difficult for victims to leave, and let abusers know they can offend without being held accountable.
Portraying domestic violence as a private matter, instead of a criminal matter that affects us all. Rep. Moran told the Washington City Paper, ‘I hope their privacy will be respected,’ and added, ‘They look forward to putting this embarrassing situation behind them.’ Sadly, framing domestic violence as if it’s a private matter, like bickering over money or committing adultery, is all too common. In fact, violent assault is violent assault, whether the assailant is a mugger on the street or purports to love the victim. By treating domestic violence as a private matter, we downplay its severity, which is why it so often leads to light sentences.
Claiming the abuser is a great guy whose behavior was out of character. Representative Moran referred to his son and his son’s victim as ‘good kids.’ We have no information about the victim, but let’s be clear: Taking someone’s head and smashing it against a trash can precludes the possibility of someone being a good kid.
Believing obvious lies or silly excuses. The police report names two witnesses who saw Moran bash his victim’s head into a trash can. The report makes no mention of the victim claiming anything other than what the police saw. Moran has pled guilty. The victim was badly injured, with a skull fracture and a broken nose. Despite all this, Representative Moran is claiming that the victim tripped and fell, citing the victim’s own e-mail saying this as evidence. But as this prosecutor interviewed by Jessica Wakeman at The Frisky explains, victim recantations simply can’t be taken at face value, especially in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Victims are guilt-tripped, bullied, and shamed into making up stories to corroborate their abusers’ lies. When we believe these stories and not the statistical and physical evidence of abuse, we’re signaling to the abuser that we’ve got his back and will believe even obvious nonsense rather than stand up to him.
Blaming the victim. Representative Moran couldn’t be more eager to blame the victim, either partially or completely, for what his son did to her. Not only is he supporting the hard-to-believe ‘broken high heel’ story, but he has gone out of his way to frame this incident as a shared-blame situation. The language about privacy and embarrassment make it sound like trouble they got in together, and calling them ‘good kids’ that were in a ‘situation, which involved drinking’ is a way to equate the two, even though only one made the choice to bash someone’s head against a trash can. Judging the victim’s personal choices as if they mitigate the violence, portraying domestic violence as a fight that got out of hand, or telling tales that make it sound like the victim did it to herself are all classic ways of shifting the blame from the abuser to the victim. When we do this, we let the abuser know he won’t be held accountable, and we make the victim feel guilty.
Today’s events in Newtown, Connecticut affect the entire nation. We will come together to morn the loss of twenty innocent children and six of their teachers. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the community as a whole. May Eternal Light shine upon those who have passed.
If your son went into a drunken rage, grabbed his girlfriend by the back of the neck and slammed her head into a rock-solid metal outdoor city trash can, fractured her skull, eye socket, and nose, would you simply call it “an embarrassing situation”?
Washington City Paper, 12/12/12, 12:42 pm:
“In a statement to Washington City Paper, Rep. Moran described his son and his girlfriend as ‘good kids.’
‘I hope their privacy will be respected,’ the congressman said. ‘They look forward to putting this embarrassing situation behind them.’
Washington City Paper, 12/12/12, 2:37 pm:
‘The situation was an accident,’ Moran spokeswoman Anne Hughes writes in an email, adding that both Moran and his girlfriend testified to that in court. ‘Patrick didn’t hit or shove her.’
Hughes claims that only Patrick Moran and his girlfriend were around to see the alleged attack. ‘They were the only two people who witnessed the scene,’ writes Hughes. “In that sense, their statements are the only ones that matter.”
That would contradict the police report, which describes both a Metropolitan Police Department sergeant and an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration investigator seeing Moran slam his girlfriend’s head into a trash can cage outside the Getaway, a 14th Street NW bar.
‘They are both very embarrassed by the situation, which involved drinking,’ Hughes continues. ‘And they are looking to move past it, and ask for their privacy to be respected.’
If you have violent, misogynist tendencies similar to those exhibited by the Morans over the years, you might also be quick to dismiss domestic violence. But any decent parent – heck, any decent person, especially a public figure who is supposed to represent the values of hundreds of thousands of people, would not treat an episode like this as an “embarrassing” “accident” by a “good kid”. “Embarrassing” doesn’t even scratch the surface; “accident” is an insult to the intelligence of the public (the police report is abundantly clear that this was no accident). The best of us make mistakes, but “good kids” do not commit such violent, vile, inhuman acts.
We repeat our call: It is time for Jim Moran to resign. It’s obvious that Jim doesn’t care about embarrassing his constituents, but perhaps the fact that he and his son are so out of control in their personal lives so as to attract so much attention over the years (#MoranFamilyValues is going around on Twitter), will convince him that it’s time to pack it up and focus on getting his own life back together so we can focus on getting the country back together.
It seems Pat Moran didn’t inherit just his father’s political woes but his personal ones too. Pat Moran just pleaded guilty to assault for slamming his girlfriend’s head into a metal trash can cage outside a DC bar.
Pat gave his girlfriend a skull fracture and a broken nose. He was charged with felony assault but the sentence was reduced to probation after a plea deal.
It is our policy to refrain from tabloid-type stories unless it becomes legitimate to address them when the Morans bring yet another round of embarrassment to the 8th District. It’s an unfortunate story that we’d prefer not to deal with, but this is the second time in as many months that Pat Moran has been accused of a crime.
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.