Rep. Moran's son resigns from his campaign following voter fraud video
(Note: None of the Morans in this blog are related to the author - thank God.)
Patrick Moran, son of Congressman Jim Moran, has resigned from his father's campaign following the release of a video shot by conservative activist James O'Keefe appearing to show the younger Moran telling someone how to commit voter fraud.
The video - released earlier in the day by Project Veritas, a conservative organization headed by the Republican activist James O'Keefe - revealed that the younger Moran had weighed options for helping an undercover operative cast votes on behalf of 100 people who allegedly weren't planning to vote.
"There will be a lot of voter protection, so, if they just have, you know, the utility bill or bank statement - bank statement would obviously be tough ... but faking a utility bill would be easy enough," Moran says, apparently referring to options for getting around Virginia's voter ID laws.
Moran's campaign issued a statement confirming the congressman's son had stepped down.
"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," the statement said.
The resignation comes just a day after Rep. Moran and two other Virginia Democrats - Reps. Gerry Connolly and Bobby Scott - had urged the Justice Department to launch an investigation into Strategic Allied Consulting, a GOP firm linked to separate allegations of voter registration fraud in Virginia and Florida.
"The number of allegations in a multitude of locations would seem to suggest something more than the isolated acts of 'a few bad apples,' " the lawmakers wrote Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Even with strict voter ID laws in place, Democrats are apparently going to try and game the system. The watchword is "vigilance" - that goes for both poll watchers and election officials.