Friday, October 26, 2012
Congressman says his office will cooperate with investigation.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran responded Thursday night to his son's sudden departure from his campaign, saying Patrick Moran is learning a "tough lesson" after being caught on video by a conservative activist. Patrick Moran has been at the center of a political storm since a video surfaced Wednesday from conservative activist James O'Keefe in which an unseen cameraman repeatedly asks for advice on how to vote for 100 inactive voters, whose names and addresses he had claimed to have obtained. After telling the man his energy would be better utilized in more traditional, legitimate get-out-the-vote efforts, the younger Moran informs the cameraman that he would need to forge documents to get past new voter identification laws. Though O'Keefe…
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network hosted event Wednesday night in Arlington.
The Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network held a candidate forum for the 8th Congressional District on Wednesday to encourage its members to "occupy the vote." The forum featured incumbent Democratic Rep. Jim Moran, who left after giving opening remarks and answering the first two questions, with Arlington's Terron Sims II speaking on his behalf for the rest of the night; independent candidate Jason Howell; and Independent Green Janet Murphy. Republican Patrick Murray was invited but declined to attend and did not send a surrogate, organizers said. CNN commentator Jamal Simmons, who moderated the forum, asked the candidates whether affirmative action was appropriate in higher education admissions. Moran said the first …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Evan Draim, 17, will represent Virginia's 8th Congressional District in Tampa.
Seventeen-year-old St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School student Evan Draim of Mount Vernon is headed to the Republican National Convention next week in Tampa, where he will be the youngest of more than 2,000 delegates, according to The Washington Post. Draim won one of three delegate spots from Virginia’s 8th Congressional District in the spring. He took the most votes of all seven who competed for a spot, even besting Charles Hokanson, a former chairman of the Arlington GOP. Drain will turn 18 before the General Election, which made him eligible to serve as a delegate. He lives in the Mount Vernon area with his parents. His father works at a law firm in Old Town. “I thought it was necessary to have a younger, newer face represent the …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Northern Virginia voters will choose among Democrats, Republicans and Independent candidates in congressional races come November.
UPDATE (3:45 p.m.) The State Board of Elections confirmed today that Chris DeCarlo and Mark Gibson, running in the 11th District, were verified with 1,000 signatures each earlier today. “I can’t thank everyone enough: Friends, friends of friends, neighbors, colleagues, and complete strangers,” Gibson said in a news release. “These are all voters who want to get involved in our political process, giving voters a greater number and more diverse selection of candidates for Congress. Getting on the ballot is a strong victory for democracy.” --- Independent candidates running for Congress had until June 12 to turn in 1,000 signatures to get on the ballot in November. Some candidates are still waiting to hear if they are on the ballot and …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Northern Virginia congressman says his seniority benefits constituents.
Since 1990, when Rep. Jim Moran was first elected to Congress, ‘80s music has lost its popularity, come back in style and is on its way out again. A lot can happen in 22 years, the time Moran has spent serving in Congress. It’s the seniority gained over that time, said Moran, a Democrat representing Virginia’s 8th District, that allows him to influence legislation beneficial to the people of Northern Virginia and is the reason why he deserves a 12th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. While Moran’s critics say a fresh face is needed in Congress, he maintains that his seniority works for the benefit of his constituency. “For lack of a better method, people’s ability to influence the priorities and the direction of the Congress is …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Arlington resident Bruce Shuttleworth is a former Navy fighter pilot.
Bruce Shuttleworth knows it takes hard work and tenacity for a political newcomer to edge out a 22-year incumbent congressman. Despite long odds and a funding gap that favors Democratic primary opponent Rep. Jim Moran, Shuttleworth thinks he’s got what it takes to win. “In 12 years of living here, I did not meet many people who enjoyed voting for my competitor, and without any prompting, quite a few people said they wanted a fresh perspective,” Shuttleworth told Patch. “And so I’m going to test that, and we’ll see how that works out. "Clearly, he has the experiential advantage over me, but I think I bring the power of a fresh perspective, and energy and commitment, to these issues that clearly are life and death to me,” he said. …
8th District candidate Patrick Murray speaks to youth in his campaign's emphasis on job creation.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Submitted by Matthew Mirliani I recently attended a Patrick Murray event in the Mount Vernon area. Murray is back a second time, running to represent the 8th congressional district in Virginia. With his new campaign comes more emphasis on responsible government spending and job creation. Murray’s main economic message is that jobs are created through the private sector, not through government involvement or spending. Murray spoke about his message at the function, and as an 18-year-old going into college, I felt as though he was speaking directly to my generation. The main concern that I have after college is making sure that I have a secure place in the job market. Every student deserves to have opportunities after all of their hard work…
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli headlined a fundraiser for the 8th Congressional District nominee.
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli attended a fundraising event for Republican Congressional Nominee Patrick Murray Tuesday night in Mount Vernon. Ida and Bob Draim graciously hosted the event at their Mount Vernon home. The Mount Vernon Republican Women's Club catered the event. Guests at the event included Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins, Victory Virginia Chairman Pete Snyder, Fairfax Republican Party Chairman Jay McConville, and Alexandria Republican Party Vice Chairman Shari Bolouri.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Rep. Jim Moran now represents some Mount Vernon residents in the 8th District.
A few days ago I received in the mail a new Voter Registration Card. I wasn’t sure why I was getting a new one until I finally noticed that the congressional district I live in had changed. For years, I’ve been in the 10th district, which is represented by Rep. Gerry Connolly. Now, I’m in the 8th district, which is represented by Rep. Jim Moran. Figuring that a number of other voters in Mount Vernon are changing as well, I thought I would use my world-famous column to share a little information about the guy we call “Jimbo.” First of all, a disclaimer: Jim is a good friend. I got to know him years ago when we both lived in the fashionable Del Ray section of Alexandria. I worked on his campaigns for City Council and then when he ran …
Arlington resident Jason Howell has less than $10,000 in the campaign bank and needs 1,000 signatures by June 12 to get on the ballot.
Arlington resident Jason Howell isn't letting incumbent Congressman Jim Moran's sizable war chest of nearly half-a-million dollars get in the way of running for Congress. Howell's got less than $10,000 in the bank for his campaign, so he's hitting every local barbecue, 5k and neighborhood meeting he can to help get the word out. Standing outside the Giant grocery store in Arlington's Cherrydale neighborhood over the weekend, Howell said hello to potential voters in what will likely be an uphill battle to try to unseat Moran, a Democrat who some say is gliding toward his 12th term since getting elected in 1990 to represent Virginia's 8th Congressional District. "My wife and I are doing the lion's share of signature-gathering," Howell said…