January 15, 2014

BREAKING: JIM MORAN TO RETIRE

UPDATE 8:56 AM — CONFIRMED — Jim Moran just sent out the following email:

Dear Friends,

I wanted to share some important news with you, because your support has meant so much to me over the years. Today I have announced my retirement.

After 35 years as a public servant, as Mayor of Alexandria, and for the past 23 as a member of the House of Representatives, it’s time to close this chapter of my life and move on to the next challenge. It’s been an honor to represent Northern Virginia. I couldn’t be more fortunate to have spent my career working with such wonderful people trying to make this one of the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family.

To my family, friends, staff and supporters, thank you for all you have meant me over the past four decades in political office. What has kept me motivated all these years is serving you and our community. I prepare to leave Congress feeling very fortunate, grateful for what we’ve accomplished, and optimistic for the future of Northern Virginia, the Washington Metropolitan Region, and our nation.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to represent you and the causes we care about.

Sincerely,

Jim
Jim

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Original post:

POLITICO is reporting this morning that Jim Moran will announce his retirement today.

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/jim-moran-retirement-102196.html

We will bring you more information as we get it.

January 13, 2014

Moran is on the Clinton hit list

POLITICO Magazine has an excerpt published today from an upcoming book on Hillary Clinton that details a “hit list” the Clinton team supposedly keeps on politicians who were helpful and unhelpful during her 2008 campaign.

“Inside a cramped third-floor office of Hillary Clinton’s once-bustling presidential campaign headquarters in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Va., Kris Balderston and Adrienne Elrod put the finishing touches on a political hit list. It was late June 2008, and Hillary had dropped her bid for the presidency earlier that month.

For several months, Balderston and Elrod had kept close tabs on an even smaller subset of targeted members of Congress, who were still undecided after Super Tuesday. Because Hillary and her team made such an intense effort to swing these particular lawmakers in the final months of the campaign, they are the first names that spring to mind when Hillary’s aides today talk about who stuck a knife in her back and twisted it. For Balderston, the betrayal of Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) was perhaps the most personal. The two men were social friends in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, about six miles from campaign headquarters. They were even in the same book club. For months Balderston had casually pressed Moran about his endorsement. Moran played coy. He praised Hillary but came up short of promising an endorsement. Then, in January 2008, Moran left a voice message for Balderston: I’m all in for Hillary, he said.

Naturally, Balderston was excited. The courtship of delegates hadn’t been going well, and adding a new name to Hillary’s column was welcome news. But Balderston’s joy was short-lived. ‘What the f**k?’ he exclaimed a couple of weeks later as he read the news that Moran was set to endorse Obama. He called the congressman. ‘Do not ever call me again!’ Balderston said. He stopped going to the book club. (‘It’s an accurate account. But we’re friends again, and I plan on making it up to him in the 2016 campaign since I’ve always been in love with Hillary,’ Moran said. ‘I simply thought that given the opportunity, it was too important that this country elect an inspiring black president.’)

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/01/hillary-clinton-hit-list-102067_Page2.html

It seems not even Jim Moran’s friends can trust him.

October 10, 2013

The shutdown’s bleakest moment

The shutdown is affecting a lot of people in our area. Thousands of federal employees are furloughed, worried about when they will be able to go back to work. And for those who are still working, the worry is whether they’ll be paid what they’re owed. Funding for cancer research, disaster response, and more is put on hold.

But perhaps no one is more affected by the shutdown than our favorite congressman Jim Moran. Guess what he had to do today?

He had to clean up after himself in the congressional gym.

Not only that, but he had to reuse his towel.

“Democratic Rep. Jim Moran (Va.) noted that he ran on Tuesday morning and had to clean up after himself following his workout. ‘You have to save your towel, you have to reuse it because we let the staff go — I know the showers are still working, and it doesn’t take any maintenance to maintain the weights,’ Moran told The Hill.”

Woe is Jim!

There was no one there to clean up his mess. He had to do it himself. There was no one there to wash his towels. He had to reuse them.

The thought of Jim having to do such things just sends shivers down your spine!

Years from now, when people look back on this shutdown, they will see Jim Moran being forced to clean up his private gym as its darkest moment.

October 2, 2013

Will Moran refuse his pay during the shutdown?

Since congressional salaries come from mandatory funds, they will continue to be paid during the shutdown. Dozens of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, including several members of Virginia’s congressional delegation, have announced that they will donate their pay during the shutdown to charity, send it back to the U.S. Treasury, or have it deferred.

Jim Moran has been very vocal about federal workers not being paid during the shutdown. So will he show solidarity with them and donate or refuse his pay during the shutdown?

There are so many worthy charities right here in the 8th District. And given our proximity to Washington, there are a lot of national charities with headquarters here in the 8th.

So, Jim, will you donate your pay?