Jim Moran becomes 3rd House Dem this week to retire

posted at 12:41 pm on January 15, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Publicly, House Democrats declare confidence in their chances to retake control of the lower chamber in the 2014 election cycle, even though presidents routinely lose significant numbers of seats in their second midterms.  Their actions speak louder than their boasts, however. Jim Moran, a 12-term Congressman in a safe Democratic district and a close ally of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, called it quits — the third House Democrat to do so this week:

Senior appropriator and progressive stalwart James P. Moran will step down at the end of this year, making him the thirdHouse Democrat in just three days to announce his retirement.

The 12-term Virginia lawmaker will announce his decision in a Wednesday morning statement obtained early by CQ Roll Call.

“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,” Moran said.

Moran represents a strong Democratic district that encompasses the suburbs of Washington, D.C., plus Alexandria and Arlington. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will likely not have trouble holding the seat in 2014.

It’s true that VA-08 is a safe Democratic district (Cook report shows D+16), not surprising given its proximity to Washington DC and the lobbyist/bureaucracy nexus. It went for Barack Obama over John McCain in 2008 by 39 points, and the last time Moran didn’t get over 60% of the vote was in 2004, when George Bush won re-election at the top of the ticket. However, Democrats didn’t have to pour a lot of resources into VA-08 until now, thanks to Moran.  Now Democrats will have a primary fight in the district that will drain their resources, and a necessarily weaker candidate will emerge — who may end up requiring national resources to keep the advantage.

Moran becomes the third House Democrat to retire just this week. George Miller (D-CA) also represents a similarly safe district, D+17 in Cook, and California is a much safer state for Democrats than Virginia. That’s still the loss of a 30-year veteran of the caucus and another Pelosi ally out the door, which makes the boasts about putting the gavel back in her hands look more and more like either cheap talk or false bravado.

The third, Bill Owens, only won NY-21 thanks to a special election and a split on the Right in the R+2 district. Our own Jazz Shaw worked in that special election fight, and while it’s not a slam-dunk for Republicans, it’s a clear pickup opportunity. If Owens is leaving, that says something about the prospects for Democrats in battleground districts.

This is, of course, retirement season for the House. Incumbents disinclined to campaign again will let their constituents know early enough to allow their party to find a strong candidate rather than wait until the last moment.  So far, Republican retirements outstrip Democrats, but only by three, and Republicans don’t have to make up ground against Democrats anyway. Democrats need to retain their incumbents in this midterm election far more than the GOP does — and if high-seniority members in cushy districts are heading for the exits, that suggests that they’re seeing no point in sticking around for another few years of minority status.


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MEMO TO JIM MORAN:

Your Azzhole of Year Award will be Drop shipped.

ToddPA on January 15, 2014 at 12:43 PM

One less dickhead in the House.

change is for suckers on January 15, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Moran is out? Moran is out? How could this be?

–Chicago newscasters and liberal dems everywhere.

Vanceone on January 15, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Addendum:

Hope the award is heavy. And lands directly on him.

orangemtl on January 15, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Good riddance. May you fade into obscurity pockmarked and impoverished.

Murphy9 on January 15, 2014 at 12:46 PM

This event alone should cause Congresses approval rating to go up 5 or more points.

meci on January 15, 2014 at 12:46 PM

It’s hard to believe that this could keeps getting reelected with his history, makes me think his reasons for retirement must be really interesting. If you can get past beating up your wife and an eight year old black kid, just imagine!

Cindy Munford on January 15, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Rather than retiring on a fat pension, this corrupt blowhole should be spending time at hard labor in a Fed Pen.

AUINSC on January 15, 2014 at 12:49 PM

So far, Republican retirements outstrip Democrats, but only by three, and Republicans don’t have to make up ground against Democrats anyway. Democrats need to retain their incumbents in this midterm election far more than the GOP does — and if high-seniority members in cushy districts are heading for the exits, that suggests that they’re seeing no point in sticking around for another few years of minority status.

That’s gotta be a major factor in all these Dem retirements. They’re not retaking the House anytime soon. And they may even lose the Senate in the fall. So why stick around DC as a Congressman if you have no power? Makes more sense to retire, return as a lobbyist, and start banking millions from that career.

Doughboy on January 15, 2014 at 12:51 PM

My feelings on this, Moran.

Bitter Clinger on January 15, 2014 at 12:51 PM

The on going campaign slogans for Jim Geraghty’s pretend campaign for the seat are cute.

Cindy Munford on January 15, 2014 at 12:51 PM

With Moran’s departure, the collective IQ of the House of Representatives will increase by about 30%. He’s one of the dimmest dim bulbs there – and an anti-semite to boot (likes to blame the decision to invade Iraq on the ‘jewish lobby’)

Anyone remember his insult towards those in the US Military when he said that their service ‘isn’t public service’?

His son, and the field director of Moran’s last campaign, was forced to resign in October 2012 after being caught by Project Veritas on video discussing helping an undercover operative vote for 100 people who weren’t likely to cast legal ballots.

Good riddance to a vapid progressive-fascist ideologue. Unfortunately, though, in that district, it’s not going to be a likely GOP pickup. The love of progressivism is strong there.

Athos on January 15, 2014 at 12:55 PM

My ol’ congressman. My votes against him didn’t do to him what Obama was able to do – get him out of office!

besser tot als rot on January 15, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Good riddance to a vapid progressive-fascist ideologue. Unfortunately, though, in that district, it’s not going to be a likely GOP pickup. The love of progressivism is strong there.

Athos on January 15, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Pretty much anyone is better than Moran. Even someone like Christie.

besser tot als rot on January 15, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Finally the MORON will be gone. Bet he tries again to get his girlfriend assaulting/voter fraud enabler son to take his place.

faol on January 15, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Another useless asshole bites the dust.

mojo on January 15, 2014 at 1:07 PM

He wanted to spend more time with his best friend, Mr. Stolichnaya.

celtic warrior on January 15, 2014 at 1:08 PM

…screen door, bla bla bla…

applebutter on January 15, 2014 at 1:16 PM

They’re feeling the obama’care’ heat and ‘love’, and are just saving their lavish retirement lives. May they rot in Hell.

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Pajama-preezie tells you how to ‘save the rats in the Senate”

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2014 at 1:19 PM

and if high-seniority members in cushy districts are heading for the exits, that suggests that they’re seeing no point in sticking around for another few years of minority status.

LOOTING…the Treasury is hard work!

KOOLAID2 on January 15, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Schadenfreude, pure

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2014 at 1:20 PM

A Child is President

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2014 at 1:21 PM

This is excellent news. He is the one who had the son on the campaign that was caught in election dirty tricks. http://michellemalkin.com/2012/10/24/okeefe-bombshell-corruptocrat-jim-morans-son-caught-on-tape-in-voter-fraudforgery-scam/

But also I notice that Jim Moran and his son don’t mind hitting women. Ick.

Fleuries on January 15, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Moran is truly a POS.

bw222 on January 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Best story – a R woman might take Karl Levin, the scumbag’s seat in Michigan. Now, that w/b something.

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Good riddance.
He should take Connelly with him.

freedomfirst on January 15, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Keep track of the rats

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Praise the Lord! This VA girl might throw a bon voyage party.

ramblingirl on January 15, 2014 at 1:37 PM

WASHINGTON — Democrats are increasingly anxious about an onslaught of television ads hitting vulnerable Senate and House candidates for their support of the new health law, since many lack the resources to fight back in the early stages of the midterm campaign.

Since September, Americans for Prosperity, a group financed in part by the billionaire Koch brothers, has spent an estimated $20 million on television advertising that calls out House and Senate Democrats by name for their support of the Affordable Care Act obama’care’.

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Did you read any of the comments? The very living definition of insanity is on display.

Cindy Munford on January 15, 2014 at 1:43 PM

It was breaking news around 8am here in DC. It made my day.

VA-8 may stay in Democrat hands, I don’t know who the GOP is planning on running this time but the district is gerrymandered to keep the Dems in power.

Nevertheless, I can only hope that this sudden and unexpected retirement is for health reasons and that Moran’s gravesite soon smells like a port-a-potty at the end of a day-long rock concert.

Happy Nomad on January 15, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Jim Moran is retiring so he can spend more time beating his family…

Haiku Guy on January 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Best story – a R woman might take Karl Levin, the scumbag’s seat in Michigan. Now, that w/b something.

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2014 at 1:31 PM

I would love to see Terry win.

Happy Nomad on January 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Did you read any of the comments? The very living definition of insanity is on display.

Cindy Munford on January 15, 2014 at 1:43 PM

It burns” — Good Del

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Cindy, money is only good when it’s leftist money :)

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Jim Moran is retiring so he can spend more time beating his family…

Haiku Guy on January 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM

He only beats the women and children.

Happy Nomad on January 15, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Jim Moran is retiring so he can spend more time beating his family…

Haiku Guy on January 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM

looooooooooooooooool

Spade on January 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Well, heck, if the adults keep leaving the room, who’s gonna be looking out for us little ones?

/Pajama Boy

MisterElephant on January 15, 2014 at 1:57 PM

So, yet another DimocRat, life-long, career politician, decides he’s better of calling it quits to live off the tax-payer dime for the rest of his pathetic life.

Guess he figured he’s done enough damage to the nation for one career.

If we don’t get Congressional term limits soon, this nation is truly and unavoidably doomed.

Meople on January 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Dnopn’t come back

jake49 on January 15, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Hide your women and children, VA-8 constituents!

22044 on January 15, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Moran is retiring to spend more time with his proctologist.

Wade on January 15, 2014 at 2:26 PM

You misspelled his name. It’s moron.

AllahsNippleHair on January 15, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Good riddance, you ignorant [redacted]

rightside on January 15, 2014 at 2:42 PM

All part of the DNC strategy. They put in a new (read no history) Dem candidate in his place because Obamacare is so toxic it harms the incumbents re-election chances. They hope that in a “safe Dem” district the libbies will vote in the new guy with little history (just like they did for Obama) When the Dems are afraid of losing in so called easy districts you know they are skeered. Unfortunately their voter base is stupid and this strategy will probably work.

neyney on January 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Statement from RetireJimMoran.com

STATEMENT ON JIM MORAN’S RETIREMENT

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 by feminists and other groups 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.

http://retirejimmoran.com/2014/01/statement-on-jim-morans-retirement-announcement/

Read Jim Moran’s career highlights at
http://retirejimmoran.com/moransgreatesthits

22044 on January 15, 2014 at 2:52 PM

The Virginia bully will not be missed in the House.

Amazingoly on January 15, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Many Democrats are good people with bad ideas. Jim Moran is not such a Democrat.

thuja on January 15, 2014 at 3:21 PM

I think the proper response to this is… twelve terms??? Thirty-Five years, are you freakin’ kidding me?!?! That’s no public servant, that’s a parasite!

I don’t care which party you belong to, at that point you are embedded deep under the voter’s skin and need to be pried out… it’s ridiculous to believe we need someone with that much “experience” in such an elected position.

Ukiah on January 15, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Ohhhhhhh, can his son run in his place????

DEMOCRAT WAR ON WOMYNS!

BigAlSouth on January 15, 2014 at 4:01 PM

I am still waiting for Boehner to retire.

Freddy on January 15, 2014 at 4:42 PM

So far, Republican retirements outstrip Democrats, but only by three

Republicans make up 54% of the House and 60% of the people retiring from the House, but the Democrats retiring are the ones abandoning a “sinking ship”?

That’s…..that’s something right there. Doublespeak in its truest form.

segasagez on January 15, 2014 at 5:46 PM

I’ll believe it when he’s actually gone. Too bad he didn’t cut his throat shaving.

S. D. on January 15, 2014 at 6:37 PM

The Dimwits might end up running a weaker candidate, but they’ll have a hard time finding one as stupid as this Moron.

Jaibones on January 15, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Maybe he just realized that he and his party were just screwing everything up?

I’m sure DWS has a story as to why this is good for Democrats.

virgo on January 16, 2014 at 12:07 AM