Yesterday, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Virginia), who also happens to be my Congressman, announced his retirement from public life.
Even President Obama had a few words for the outgoing politician saying, "in his twenty-three years in the United States Congress, Jim Moran has pushed to create jobs and economic opportunity for hardworking Virginians and has consistently demonstrated a commitment to growing a strong American economy. And because of Jim's leadership, our brave service members and veterans are better protected, our civil service is stronger, and our air and water are cleaner and safer. Michelle and I thank Congressman Moran for his service, and we wish him and his family the very best in the future."
Well, I would also like to thank the Congressman for being such a good source of cannon fodder.
For one thing, championing himself as "standing up for Northern Virginia Women" is laughable at best. In June of 2000, Moran had a physical altercation with his now ex-wife. No charges were filed and no signs of assault were apparent. Moran claims he restrained his wife in self-defense after she came at him, but Mrs. Moran doesn't agree with the soon-to-be ex-Congressman's account of the events. The same cannot be said for his son Patrick, who was arrested for "felony domestic violence assault" against his girlfriend in 2012.
In this case, signs of physical abuse were present.
"After the attack, police described Moran's girlfriend as 'bleeding heavily from her nose and also observed that her nose and right eye were extremely swollen.' One of the ambulance technicians who transported her to Howard University Hospital told police that Moran appeared to have broken her nose and given her a skull fracture under her right eye," according to the Washington City Paper.
And, then there's the Zionist conspiracy to push this nation into war with Iraq, or something. Yeah, you read that right. In 2003, Rep. Jim Moran said, "if it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this." Moran later apologized for his remarks.
"I should not have singled out the Jewish community and regret giving any impression that its members are somehow responsible for the course of action being pursued by the administration, or are somehow behind an impending war."
We're going to miss you, Jim.