Update: Moran's Son Resigns From Campaign Following 'Error in Judgment'

Patrick Moran said he resigned in an email Wednesday.

Patrick Moran, son of Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, has resigned from his father's reelection campaign.

"Effective immediately, I have resigned from the Moran for Congress campaign," Patrick Moran said in an email.

The resignation follows the release of a near 27-minute video filmed in various locations in Arlington's Courthouse community in which the younger Moran apparently talks with someone posing as a supporter about skirting new voter identification laws.

The video was released by conservative activist James O'Keefe, whose work has been discredited in the past.

In it, the videographer continuously prompts the younger Moran for advice on how best to "vote for" 100 names of inactive voters from Northern Virginia to Richmond. Moran, after suggesting his energy would be better spent on traditional — and legal — get-out-the-vote efforts, tells the man that he would need forged documents, such as utility bills, and that he should call the people, perhaps posing as a pollster, to make sure they aren't, in fact, going to vote.

A voice message and email to the Moran campaign was not immediately returned Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday night, the campaign released the following statement:

"Patrick is well liked and was a well-respected member of the campaign team. This incident, however, was clearly an error in judgment. The campaign has accepted Patrick’s resignation, effective immediately."

In a statement from Patrick Moran obtained by the Associated Press, Patrick Moran said he resigned because he didn't want to be a "distraction" during the upcoming election:

"At no point have I, or will I ever endorse any sort of illegal or unethical behavior.

“At no point did I take this person seriously. He struck me as being unstable and joking, and for only that reason did I humor him. In hindsight, I should have immediately walked away, making it clear that there is no place in the electoral process for even the suggestion of illegal behavior, joking or not.”

Arlington County Democratic Committee Chairman Mike Lieberman sent the following statement to Patch:

"Arlington Democrats condemn any form of voter fraud. Any allegations that such conduct has been condoned — especially in Arlington — is something we take very seriously. We are concerned by the apparent remarks of Pat Moran in the hidden-camera video arranged by Mr. O’Keefe. While we do yet not know Pat Moran’s response to the video and Mr. O’Keefe’s allegations, we understand that Pat Moran has resigned from the Moran campaign, and we have asked him not to return to our offices. The Arlington Democrats are committed to making sure that all voters have a full and fair ability to cast their votes in accordance with applicable laws, and that commitment will not change."

Republican Patrick Murray, who is challenging Jim Moran for his seat, released the following statement:

"After seeing this video on several news sites, I am very concerned about the campaign activities of my opponent. While it is not clear whether or not there was any wrongdoing, I hope that local, state and federal election officials will look into this matter immediately.

"The integrity of our nation is at stake, and it appears that my opponent's campaign seems prepared to undermine free and fair elections right here in Virginia.

"Sadly, anyone who is familiar with Jim Moran will not be surprised by this. The truth is that Moran has a long track record of hyper partisan behavior, racially charged comments and an infamous anger management problem. So this is more of the same embarrassing behavior that we've come to expect from Jim Moran and his campaign."

Late Wednesday, independent congressional candidate Jason Howell released the following statement:

"From the very beginning, our campaign has been about giving my neighbors the opportunity to vote for someone rather than merely against Jim Moran. I was saddened watching video of the apparent sting operation on Patrick. The Moran campaign may now have many distracting, legal and ethical questions to answer. Our campaign is about my generation taking responsibility for the systemic political and economic challenges we face as a country. We must do better. If you elect me on November 6th, a business owner, community volunteer, former accountant and jobs recruiter, we will do better."

Fairfax County Republican Committee Chairman Jay McConville released a statement calling the video "extremely troubling."

"While it is unclear yet what laws may have been violated, what is clear is that a high-level member of Congressman Moran's staff, who happens to be his son, was at the very least receptive to the idea of one person fraudulently voting in the name of 100 other registered voters in order to help Democratic candidates," he said in his statement.

Read More:

L.A. Times: A 'Gotcha' For James O'Keefe, But Exactly What Did He Get?

Salon.com: James O'Keefe Does Something Right

This article has been updated.

Lee Hernly October 25, 2012 at 10:32 AM
I love how the author of the piece says: "The video was released by conservative activist James O'Keefe, whose work has been discredited in the past." Discredited by whom? Democrats and Democrats in the media. Mr. Spencer clearly shows his bias here.
NoBS October 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Whatever your take on his latest video, James O'Keefe's credibility has long been called into question. While I do not condone Pat Moran's behavior (I think it was foolish of Pat to get sucked into this), there is no denying that James O'Keefe is not always truthful and his videos are highly and selectively edited. O'Keefe was found guilty of a crime involving interfering with phone lines. He was charged with a felony in 2010 for the incident in Sen. Mary Landrieu's office. He pleaded down to a misdemeanor and received probation, community service and a fine. While two wrongs don't make a right, O'Keefe is certainly no saint either. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_O'Keefe
T Ailshire October 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Whenever staffers resign after misconduct surfaces, we voters seem to think the issue is gone. These people still exist, still advise, still work on behalf of, etc. The honorable thing is for the CANDIDATE to withdraw. Of course, we'd have very few candidates then. How many more politicians have to prove their abysmal record of judging character?
Mark Williams October 25, 2012 at 01:12 PM
O'Keefe is a convicted criminal, and the video makes clear that Patrick Moran explicitly counseled the compensated agent NOT to commit any fraud at all. The Murray campaign's issuance of a statement before there was literally any press coverage at all suggests that the Murray campaign was carefully coordinating its efforts with O'Keefe, which should come as no surprise.
Billie Lyllton October 25, 2012 at 01:24 PM
The credibility that has long been called into question, but ignored by mainstream media and sheeplike voters, is that of Jim Moran, Patrick's father, whom Patrick apparently seeks to reelect by fair means or foul. I for one will never forget the YouTube clip that shows Jim Moran saying into the camera "Republicans are under the simplistic notion that they should get to keep what they earn." Sorry, Virginia Ruling Democrats, the jig is up. One of your Democrat Voter Fraud operatives has been outed. Patrick Moran should be deeply ashamed.
Billie Lyllton October 25, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Nice try, but no go, Mr. Williams. I agree with earlier poster: Like father, like son, like political party.
Billie Lyllton October 25, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Let's clean house, Alexandria and the great state of Virginia! Patrick Murray for VA 8. George Allen for US Senate. Paul Ryan for VicePOTUS. Mitt Romney for President of the United States.
McBrinn October 25, 2012 at 01:45 PM
O'Keefe is a piece of sh*t. I'm amazed no one has orchestrated a sting against him. If I had the resources and manpower I'd tail his ass for months detailing every mistsep from littering to DUI to whatever else dirt would surface.
NoBS October 25, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I also have suspicions that the Murray campaign was in on this, and other suspicions that the real target was the top of the ticket races. However, I don't think it will work. Jim Moran has a lock on VA's 8th CD as long as he brings home the bacon. NOVA residents with jobs tied to government contracting are legion around here and will vote to keep their jobs.
NoBS October 25, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Wow. McBrinn and I agree on something! O'Keefe is a piece of crap.
Lee Hernly October 25, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Jim Moran's own personal conflict with the rule of law... http://redalexandriava.com/2012/10/25/flashback-jim-morans-conflict-with-the-rule-of-law/
T Ailshire October 25, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Now, can you focus on actions instead of your visceral hatred for a man you (I'm guessing) have never even met? Your proposed behavior is called stalking, and is reprehensible.
Edgar Warfield October 25, 2012 at 03:17 PM
This ol' Democrat also agrees with Mr. McBrinn re: O'Keefe being a piece of s--t, which, in my considered opinion, he quite clearly is. Very rare I agree with McBrinn -- Haley's comet must be coming by. It says much about Pat Murray's character that he is associated with -- or rather has chosen not to denounce -- those who attempt to conspire to commit election fraud or otherwise engage in dirty tricks and contemptuous tactics. Perhaps Mr. Murray needs to suborn or otherwise support such conduct -- which he may be doing, clearly he has not denounced it -- because his stands on the issues put him at odds with so many of us folks, and he has no way to win the election in a fair fight on the issues. I do not think Mr. Murray has lived here long enough to have learned that such tactics are not well-received by Northern Virginia voters. Perhaps he will learn this on November 6. Regards, E. Warfield
McBrinn October 25, 2012 at 03:26 PM
"Your proposed behavior is called stalking, and is reprehensible." It's not stalking. It's surveilling. Law enforcement conducts the same action day in and day out. What's reprehensible is tapping phones, perpetuating sterotypes, and betraying the trust of friends for a bit of one upmanship in the political arena.
McBrinn October 25, 2012 at 03:28 PM
And le me be clear that I'm not defending the behavior Moran displays in that tape. It seems pretty clear and pretty damning. I'm actually amazed that Pat would have been so stupid.
NoBS October 25, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I'v curious whether it was James O'Keefe himself who filmed Pat Moran, or another lackey. James O'Keefe cannot leave the State of NJ without court permission. It is a term of his probation. Pat would be able to identify him. If it was O'Keefe, and he was here in VA without prior court approval, he could go to jail. For more info, read here: http://www.salon.com/2011/10/10/did_james_okeefe_violate_his_probation_at_ows/
Doug October 25, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Gail, All documentaries are biased. Period.
Mark Williams October 25, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I've never met O'keefe, and I don't need to. He's a crook. He lies for a living. He violates his probation (when he isn;t at home with his mommy in New Jersey)He doesn't even believe his own BS. Here's what he said in an interview in 2011 about himself: " ... Now, is it lying? It’s a form of guerrilla theater. You’re posing as something you’re not ... " And the Atlantic said: "the mortal sin that O'Keefe commits … is misleading the audience. His videos are presented to the public in less than honest ways that go far beyond normal 'selectivity.'"
Raine Koch October 25, 2012 at 07:28 PM
I'm actually really disappointed at some of the comments from my fellow Del Ray residents. This is a James O'Keefe production. This is a boy who was placed under house arrest after he arrested while attempting to make recordings at the office of Senator Landrieu-- She's a Democrat. he and his fellow cohorts were dressed in costume (AGAIN) as telephone repair people when they were caught. I'm going to assume his traveling ban has been lifted. After his escapade with Senator Landrieu he was told he cannot leave the state without judicial permission. Why he was in Arlington at all? O'Keefe has been found on MANY (pretty much all) occasions of altering his videos. He's well known for editing and doctoring footage and changing the sequence of questions and answers to make it seem like things were said that weren't. OR one could google 'Abbie Boudreau James Okeefe' That was an O'keefe production that didn't happen, thankfully. In my opinion -- anyone who considers anything that is associated with James O'Keefe as valid is foolish. He cares more about his fame than the best intentions of our nation. In this case-- Our representative. Del Ray, we are better than this prankster. We should not celebrate the ugly discourse he brings. I stand with representative Moran.
Edmund Lewis October 25, 2012 at 09:41 PM
So you disagree with a videographer's past projects therefor whatever is captured in this video (which is presented unedited) must be ignored? Why did Patrick Moran resign? Why has a criminal investigation been opened? Representative Moran not only had a person standing with him, but paid by him, who offered information on ways to commit voter fraud to a Joe Schmo off the street. You should be ashamed to stand alongside of that and ashamed to have this person be our representative in Congress.
Raine Koch October 25, 2012 at 09:58 PM
For those that are defending James O'keefe: Watch out for the desire for political purity. Bad things happen when purity is sought. Think about that.
Edmund Lewis October 25, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Why desire purity when you can settle for this shameful representation?
oldtowner October 25, 2012 at 10:38 PM
ah, Linda B......don't know what planet you live on, but James O'Keefe and a few of his friends were arrested in the Sen Landrieu escapade...they were trying to illegally tap her phones....he plead guilty and is on probation. To me, that is being "discredited." He is also famous for selectively "editing" his videos. I am not defending Patrick Moran....but O'Keefe is basically a jerk. Let the matter be investigated.
oldtowner October 25, 2012 at 10:38 PM
yeah....agree.....who is James O'Keefe's father, by the way.....
oldtowner October 25, 2012 at 10:47 PM
omg, Lee Hernly....that is such old news......and redalexandria is a real non-partisan site. Sigh......Jim's transgressions are well known.....but No. Va. is a liberal area and he represents the area well....so he will get re-elected. There are ample examples of politicians these days....both Dem and GOP.....who actually did something illegal, were charged, convicted and are no longer in office. That hasn't happened to Mr. Moran....and your wishing it won't make it so. Get a grip.
oldtowner October 25, 2012 at 10:56 PM
to Billie Lyllton: you say,"like father, like son, like political party." I assume then you think the entire GOP should suffer the same fate as Tom DeLay (remember him?). To refresh your memory: "DeLay, 65, was found guilty in November 2010 of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He was sentenced to three years in prison." Fair is fair, right?
oldtowner October 25, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I am not a video expert, but how do we know it is "unedited?" as Edmund Lewis states. I wouldn't believe James O'Keefe on that matter.....
CD October 25, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Why wouldn't they vote to keep their jobs. If you had a choice of feeding your family or not which way would you choose. Obama and the Democratic party were behind the entire sequestering.
Lee Hernly October 26, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Sadly, the article doesn't mention the time when the Police were called to the Moran home for a domestic disturbance and Mary Moran was seen around town wearing big dark sunglasses. Talk about a war on women. As for the site, traffic is up 2000%+ year to year and 45% month to month so it is reaching people.
T Ailshire October 26, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Law-enforcement does so in support of a law or laws they are charged with upholding. The actions you proposed here are not, unless you've been issued a legal right to do so. You're proposing stalking someone to ensure their every action lives up to your idea of "right". Such vigilantism is, as I said before, morally reprehensible. But I'm glad to see you have such inalienable views of what the law *ought* to be.


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