Skip to comments.Jim Moran becomes 3rd House Dem this week to retire
Posted on 01/15/2014 12:54:42 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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, its 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.
Its 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 didnt get over 60% of the vote was in 2004, when George Bush won re-election at the top of the ticket. However, Democrats didnt 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. Thats 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 its not a slam-dunk for Republicans, its 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 dont 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 theyre seeing no point in sticking around for another few years of minority status.
Those internal polls must be looking worse for democrats than 2010....
These come in threes too?
That devil is retiring!
These scum are dropping like the cockroaches they are..those internal polls must be BRUTAL that not even getting a crapload of dead to vote for them will help
That handwriting on the wall has become a 6’ high FLASHING NEON SIGN!!
GOOD NEWS ALL AROUND. Now if we can just keep the idiot voters from sending clones of the morons — er — Morans who just bailed!!
Is this jerk still beating up 9 year old’s on Public Streets?
More like pre-firing himself.
Sorry, he was 8 years old.
The rats are leaving the sinking Democrat ship. Those retiring also see that their name will be linked to the failed and very unpopular Obamacare.
Agree. . that wife-beating bully should have gone a long time ago.
When he’s not involved in domestic violence on his wife.
an omen.. the next MegaTrend..
It’s tempting, sure, but I won’t lower myself to post a Moranic comment!
You’re right and that rotten, corrupt, bully should have been voted out years ago.
Actually, they found out what they set up for themselves and their staffers with ObamaNocare, and are retiring before their staffers resign in mass, after hanging their former bosses.
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