Shuttleworth v. Moran – The Facts

Despite having collected 1,823 signatures, nearly double the number necessary to be certified to participate in VA-8’s Democratic primary on June 12th, Bruce Shuttleworth’s effort to challenge 22 year incumbent, Jim Moran, was almost not to be. Facing the pressure of a lawsuit filed by Shuttleworth, Virginia’s Eight Congressional District Democratic Committee reversed last week’s decision and certified Bruce Shuttleworth as a candidate for Congress.Given that past primary challengers to Moran had faced significant difficulties when mounting an effort to get on the ballot, Shuttleworth’s campaign did all it could to secure his slot. But on Friday, April 2nd, the Shuttleworth campaign was notified that they had fallen 18 signatures short of the 1,000 necessary to be on the ballot.

Shuttleworth then filed a lawsuit against state party officials in federal court, and delivered a speech to a small crowd at a press conference about the lawsuit Tuesday in Alexandria. “I think this sordid episode makes it clear that my opponent and his supporters will do anything, resort to almost anything to deny a reasonable choice,” Shuttleworth said to a small crowd in front of City Hall. Not long after his campaign filed the lawsuit against several Democratic party officials (including Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Brian Moran, brother of Jim Moran) the missing signatures were reported to have been found. After submitting his signatures on March 29, Shuttleworth said he was informed by the Chairwoman of the 8th District Democratic Committee, Margo Horner, that he had not made the ballot by way of a voicemail late in the afternoon on April 2. That same afternoon, Horner certified Moran as the only candidate for the ballot.

There were some questions as to whether or not Shuttleworth’s campaign manager, a Maryland resident, had been the reason why half of the signatures had been rejected or lost. According to Virginia law, the certifiers of the petitions must be registered voters in the Commonwealth. As it turns out, only 36 signatures were collected by his campaign manager, leaving the other 800 or so to go missing.

The 8th Congressional District is considered a safe haven for Democrats and Jim Moran would also be considered a favorite in a primary against Shuttleworth. Shuttleworth’s contention is worth noting because of the recent announcement by the Campaign for Primary Accountability that it was planning to target Jim Moran.

Related: Shuttleworth’s press conference on the matter.

Classic Press Clipping: Parents File Complaint Against Va.’s Moran

Parents File Complaint Against Va.’s Moran
Lawmaker Says Boy Tried to Steal Car

By Ann O’Hanlon and Patricia Davis Washington Post Staff Writers Thursday, April 13, 2000; Page A15

The parents of the 8-year-old boy who allegedly tried to steal Rep. James P. Moran Jr.’s car Friday by claiming he had a gun have filed a complaint with an Alexandria magistrate and hired a lawyer, saying that their son did nothing wrong and was cursed and manhandled by the congressman.

The child merely admired Moran’s Toyota, the parents said, adding that Moran (D-Va.) then grabbed the boy by the neck and cursed at him.

Moran, who disputed the parents’ contentions, has not pressed charges against the boy but was obviously conflicted about how to proceed yesterday. Twice he reversed his decision, first telling a reporter he had decided to prosecute, then calling back an hour later to say he would not.

“I’ve decided that I really have no alternative . . . but to go ahead and to prosecute so as to give the court and social service system in the city the ability to intervene in this juvenile’s life,” he said at first.

Later he said, “I can’t bring myself to press charges against an 8-year-old boy.”

Alexandria police said they are continuing to investigate the incident. The magistrate, who has the parents’ complaint, police said, has not issued an arrest warrant against Moran.

According to police, the boy approached Moran in the parking lot of Cora Kelly School and Recreation Center, claiming that he had a gun in his pocket and demanding that Moran give up his car keys.

Moran told police that he grabbed the boy and hauled him inside to the director’s office. The boy was not armed.

Police spokeswoman Amy Bertsch said detectives have interviewed Moran but not the boy or his family.

“It would be nice if the family would make the child available to investigators,” Bertsch said. “If the family feels comfortable talking to a magistrate and news media, we would hope they would talk to detectives to resolve this.”

The boy’s mother, Melanie Gaitwood, yesterday gave her version of the incident, which occurred as Moran was picking up his children.

Gaitwood said her older son, age 9, came running home saying someone was trying to choke his brother.

Gaitwood said she went immediately to Cora Kelly. “My son was in the office, screaming and crying,” she said. “The director said, ‘This is the man right here that accused your son of trying to steal his car.’ I said, ‘What the hell are you talking about? He’s just 8 years old.’ ”

According to Gaitwood, Moran then insulted her.

Moran said the mother was “just screaming the vilest obscenities at me because I didn’t let him go. . . . And I said, ‘Ma’am, your son said he had a gun. He tried to steal my car.’ And she started with all the f’s. . . . I said, ‘Well, I think we found the problem.’ ”

Yesterday, Gaitwood told a reporter that a witness had seen Moran grab her son, a second-grader, around the neck and the leg. Then the boy’s father, Alonzo Griffen, arrived and referred questions to the family’s attorney, Ted J. Williams.

Williams said last night that after a meeting with the child’s family, it was decided to ask Moran to take a polygraph test. If Moran is willing to do so, the boy will take one, too, Williams said.

Moran told a reporter: “I’m certainly telling the truth, so I don’t know why I would have reason not to do it [take the test] other than the fact that it’s creating a circus atmosphere.”

The incident has become fodder for talk radio and more. In addition to an appearance by Moran on NBC’s “Today Show” on Tuesday, the topic took up part of Rush Limbaugh’s radio show yesterday. Gaitwood and her son took part in a local WOL radio show, where they alleged that alcohol was involved in the incident.

Moran said that he had had nothing to drink all day and that he had taped MSNBC’s “Hardball” immediately before the 3:30 p.m. incident. A spokesman for MSNBC confirmed that Moran taped the show at 2:30 p.m. and said all staff involved agreed he appeared sober.

Moran’s opponent in the November elections, Republican Demaris Miller, issued a statement yesterday. “The sad thing is that this child has clearly been the victim of a new kind of racial profiling by Moran,” Miller said. “The boy was guilty of nothing more than standing, while black, in the schoolyard when Moran accosted him.”

Moran’s chief of staff, Paul Reagan, called the accusation “absurd.”

Jim Moran: No Fan of “Profanity”

Jim Moran has once again assumed his role of Northern Virginia’s top bully this week by demanding that WMATA remove an ad critical of President Obama’s landmark healthcare policy.

In two public statements released on the 29th, Moran first expressed concern for the innocent children and tourists:

“The families with children and thousands of tourists who take Metro everyday should not be subjected to such garbage.”

Moran later revealed how much he detested “profanity” in public discourse:

“I am disappointed by WMATA’s defense of this inappropriate advertisement. If their current advertising guidelines do not prohibit profane advertisements on taxpayer-funded property, then WMATA should take the initiative and update them. Profanity has no place in the public forum…It defames the President of the United States in a way that coarsens the public discourse.”

Despite Moran’s much needed lesson on how the First Amendment works with paid advertising, regardless of where it is featured, his hypocrisy on profanity must be exposed. In 2006, Moran exclaimed to a crowd of 450 that once he became chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee, he would “earmark the shit out of it.”

Be consistent, Jim. Think of the children!

Keep the facts and analysis flowing here.

Moran’s Floor Votes for Feb. 27 – March 2

NAY – H.Amdt. 952 — An amendment numbered 1 printed in House Report 112-404 to retain the requirement that states have a process to hear and take appropriate action on student complaints regarding institutions as part of the state authorization.

YEA – H.Amdt. 955 — An amendment numbered 4 printed in House Report 112-404 to strike the prohibition on the Secretary of Education from ever promulgating or enforcing any regulation or rule defining the term “credit hour”.

YEA – H.Amdt. 956 — An amendment numbered 5 printed in House Report 112-404 to require the Secretary to present a plan to prevent waste, fraud and abuse to ensure effective use of taxpayer dollars.

NAY – H.R. 2117 — House vote on passage of Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act: To prohibit the Department of Education from overreaching into academic affairs and program eligibility under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

NAY – H. Res. 566 — Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1837) to address certain water-related concerns on the San Joaquin River, and for other purposes.

YEA – H.Amdt. 958 — Amendment sought to prevent several provisions of this Act from going into effect if any agriculture, agriculture-related, fishery, or fishery-related job is lost North of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

YEA – H.Amdt. 959 — Amendment sought to prevent several provisions of the Act from taking effect until it is determined that it will not harm the quality or safety of drinking water supplies for residents of California’s Delta region (Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, and Yolo Counties).

YEA – H. Amdt. 960 — Amendment sought to prevent several provisions of the Act from taking effect until it is determined that it will not harm water quality or water availability for agricultural producers in California’s Delta region (Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, and Yolo Counties).

YEA – H.Amdt. 961 — Amendment sought to remove provisions of the bill that seek to privatize a public resource and restore the Secretary of the Interior’s discretion over water contract renewals.

YEA – H.Amdt. 962 — Amendment sought to create a revenue stream through the elimination of a subsidy that allowed irrigators to repay project debt with no interest.

YEA – H.Amdt.963 — Amendment sought to remove provisions of the bill that seek to decrease the current supply of water to the Delta region.

YEA – H.Amdt.964 — Amendment sought to replace provisions in H.R. 1837 that override state law with a provision upholding state law and requiring use of the best available science.

NAY – H.R. 1837 — House vote on passage of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act.

NAY – S. 1134 — House vote on passage of the St. Croix River Crossing Project Authorization Act.

YEA – H. Res. 556 — Condemning the Government of Iran for its continued persecution, imprisonment, and sentencing of Youcef Nadarkhani on the charge of apostasy.

Moran’s Floor Votes for Feb. 13-17

NAY – H. Res. 547 — Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3408) to set clear rules for the development of United States oil shale resources, to promote shale technology research and development, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3813) to amend title 5, United States Code, to secure the annuities of Federal civilian employees, and for other purposes; and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 7) to authorize funds for Federal-aid highway, public transportation, and highway and motor carrier safety programs, and for other purposes.

YEA – H.Amdt. 932 — An amendment numbered 1 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to review the results of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) study, as required by the bipartisan pipeline safety bill (P.L. 112-90), before issuing a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

YEA – H.Amdt. 933 — An amendment numbered 2 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to ensure that if the Keystone XL pipeline is built, the oil that it transports to the Gulf of Mexico and the fuels made from that oil remain in this country to benefit Americans. The amendment allows the President to waive this requirement if it can be shown that an export of the oil or fuels won’t increase our dependence on oil or fuels we buy from hostile nations, that prices for refiners and consumers won’t go up if the export occurs, or if an export is needed to comply with any international treaties or other agreements we have to export oil or fuels.

YEA – H.Amdt. 934 — An amendment numbered 3 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to amend Title XIV to prohibit the issuance of a permit absent conditions that restrict the ability of the permit recipient from initiating or threatening to initiate proceedings to invoke the power of eminent domain against the will of a property’s owner for the purposes of constructing or operating the Keystone XL pipeline.

YEA – H.Amdt. 935 — An amendment numbered 4 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to require that a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline is not to be issued or deemed issued unless the permit applicant can certify and provide adequate documentation to FERC that at least 75% of the iron and steel to be used in domestic portion of the pipeline is produced in North America.

YEA – H.Amdt. 936 — An amendment numbered 5 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to strike subtitle A of title XVII and provides a five year window offset through increasing the federal share of drilling revenue.

YEA – H.Amdt. 938 — An amendment numbered 7 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to strike Section 17304, relating to oil and gas lease sales in the Southern California planning area, and part 4, relating to OCS revenue sharing with coastal states.

YEA – H.Amdt. 940 An amendment numbered 9 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to prohibit oil and natural gas lease sales in the northeast U.S.

NAY – H.Amdt. 942 — An amendment numbered 11 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to raise the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act cap to $750 million per year starting in year 2023 until 2055. The amendment keeps the $500 million cap per year in place through year 2022.

YEA – H.Amdt. 943 — An amendment numbered 12 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to require a person to include in the application for a drilling lease an estimate of the economic impact, including job losses, resulting from a worst-case discharge of oil from facilities operating under the lease.+

YEA – H.Amdt. 944 An amendment numbered 13 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to clarify that the legislation does not allow for oil and gas drilling on the northern coast of California.

YEA – H.Amdt. 946 — An amendment numbered 15 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to require that offshore oil and gas leases contain specific safety requirements.

NAY – H.Amdt. 947 — An amendment numbered 16 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to streamline the NEPA process to allow for expedited development of renewable energy projects on federal lands and waters.

YEA – H.Amdt. 948An amendment numbered 17 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to expand on the oil export ban already included in the Arctic drilling subtitle (Sec. 17706) to prohibit export of any natural gas produced pursuant to a lease issued under Title XVII of this Act.

YEA – H.Amdt. 949 — An amendment numbered 18 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to require companies holding defective leases which allow them to drill on public lands off-shore without paying a royalty, to renegotiate those leases prior to bidding on new leases issued pursuant to Title XVII of this Act.

NAY – H.Amdt. 950 — An amendment numbered 19 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to minimize NEPA requirements for a geothermal exploration test project so a project can quickly move forward if resources are found.

NAY – H.R. 3408 House vote on passage of PIONEERS ACT: To set clear rules for the development of United States oil shale resources, to promote shale technology research and development, and for other purposes.

NAY – H.R. 3630A bill to extend the payroll tax holiday, unemployment compensation, Medicare physician payment, provide for the consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline, and for other purposes.

Jim Moran to Help Lead Obama’s “Truth Team” in Virginia

What happens when your governing record is so appalling that you need an organized group of apologists and spinners in each battleground state? Obama/Biden 2012 launched three new programs this week in an effort to rewrite history for the last three years. Big surprise, Moran is a ranking leader for the “Truth Team” in Virginia. If that’s not a concept straight out of Orwell, we do not know what is.

According to The Washington Post:

“Members of the team, which includes several prominent Virginia elected Democrats, can be expected to appear regularly in the media as November approaches, especially since the state is viewed as a key battleground by both parties.”

Why are these spinners needed? Jim’s younger brother Brian claims:

“The election is still nine months away, but the Republicans and their special interest allies have already launched unfounded, dishonest attacks to try to smear the President’s record.”

But wait, didn’t President Obama recently agree to allow White House and campaign staff to coordinate with his pet super PAC, Priorities USA Action? According to POLITICO:

“Obama’s top campaign staff and even some Cabinet members will appear at super PAC events. The president himself will not address super PAC donors, although there’s nothing to legally prohibit the president, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden from expressing their support for the group — as GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has done for the super PAC that backs him.”

The Democratic Party is already showing signs of desperation when Jim Moran is being called in to bring the faithful back into the fold. The full list of the Virginia Truth Team has been made available thanks to the Post:

Rep. Gerry Connolly, VA-11

Rep. Bobby Scott, VA-3

Rep. Jim Moran, VA-8

Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones

Don McEachin, Democratic Caucus Leader, State Senate

David Toscano, Minority Leader, Virginia House of Delegates

State Senator Mamie Locke, VA-2

State Senator John Edwards, VA-21

State Senator Louise Lucas, VA-18

State Senator Adam Ebbin, VA-30

Delegate Scott Surovell, VA-44

Delegate Charniele Herring, VA-46

Delegate Jennifer McClellan, VA-71

Delegate Mark Keam, VA-35

Gaylene Kanoyton, First Vice-Chair of DPVA, Hampton Democratic Committee Chair

Fred Hudson, Second Vice-Chair of DPVA, 5th District Chair

Cesar del Aguila, Fairfax County Democratic Committee Chair

Steve Cochran, Montgomery County Democratic Committee Chair

Former State Senator Mary Margaret Whipple

Paula Miller, Former State Delegate

Speak FACTS  to “truth.” Join the fight today.

Moran Votes for the Insider Trading Bill

YEA – S. 2038 — House vote on passage for STOCK Act.

According to his office:

“The reforms put in place by the STOCK Act have real staying power to make our ethics rules stronger, improve transparency and help instill greater confidence in elected officials.”

But wait, didn’t he get caught using that confidential information for his own financial protection in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis? According to Slate:

“September 17, 2008, was by far [Rep. Jim] Moran’s most active trading day of the year,’ writes Schweitzer. ‘He dumped shares in Goldman Sachs, General Dynamics, Franklin Resources, Flowserve Corporation, Ecolabs, Edison International, Electronic Arts, DirecTV, Conoco, Procter & Gamble, AT&T, Apple, CVS, Cisco, Chubb, and a dozen more companies.’ Schweitzer actually counts ninety companies that Moran dumped, helping him avoid big losses’.”

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Moran’s Floor Votes for Feb. 8, 2012

NO – H.Res. 540 — Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3521) to amend the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 to provide for a legislative line-item veto to expedite consideration of rescissions, and for other purposes.

NO – H.R. 3521 — House vote on passage for Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act of 2011.


Moran’s Floor Votes for Feb. 7, 2012

YEA – H.Amdt. 924 — An amendment numbered 3 printed in House Report 112-385 to protect the ability of federal agencies to work with local governments to preserve appropriate excess federal property as open space, eliminating federal maintenance expenses while preserving public benefits.

NAY – H.R. 1734 — House vote on passage for the Civillian Property Realignment Act.

NAY – H.Res. 539 — Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3581) to amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to increase transparency in Federal budgeting, and for other purposes.

NAY – H.R. 3581 — House vote on passage for the Budget and Accounting Transparancy Act of 2011.

Moran’s [Missed] Floor Votes for Feb. 6, 2012

MISSED – H.Res. 537 — Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1734) to decrease the deficit by realigning, consolidating, selling, disposing, and improving the efficiency of Federal buildings and other civilian real property, and for other purposes.

MISSED – H.R. 1162 — To provide the Quileute Indian Tribe Tsunami and Flood Protection, and for other purposes.

Must have been Northern Virginia’s traffic…