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Jim Moran becomes 3rd House Dem this week to retire
Hot Air ^ | January 15, 2014 | Ed Morrissey

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, it’s 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.

It’s 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 didn’t get over 60% of the vote was in 2004, when George Bush won re-election at the top of the ticket. However, Democrats didn’t 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. That’s 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 it’s not a slam-dunk for Republicans, it’s 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 don’t 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 they’re seeing no point in sticking around for another few years of minority status.


TOPICS: Virginia; Issues; Parties; U.S. Congress
KEYWORDS: 2014; 3rdthread; congress; democrats; virginia

1 posted on 01/15/2014 12:54:42 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Those internal polls must be looking worse for democrats than 2010....


2 posted on 01/15/2014 12:55:31 PM PST by apillar
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To: Revolting cat!

These come in threes too?


3 posted on 01/15/2014 12:56:57 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Praise God!
That devil is retiring!


4 posted on 01/15/2014 12:57:20 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

5 posted on 01/15/2014 12:57:51 PM PST by Slyfox (We want our pre-existing HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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


6 posted on 01/15/2014 12:58:49 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I just dropped a Moran into the porcelain throne. I hope it doesn't clog the sewer.
7 posted on 01/15/2014 12:59:18 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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!!


8 posted on 01/15/2014 1:01:49 PM PST by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is this jerk still beating up 9 year old’s on Public Streets?


9 posted on 01/15/2014 1:02:08 PM PST by mortal19440
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Retire?

More like pre-firing himself.


10 posted on 01/15/2014 1:02:41 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: mortal19440

Sorry, he was 8 years old.


11 posted on 01/15/2014 1:04:52 PM PST by mortal19440
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
They've lived off The People long enough to become part of the 1%, so i guess its time they step down.
12 posted on 01/15/2014 1:08:28 PM PST by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


13 posted on 01/15/2014 1:11:09 PM PST by The Great RJ
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To: onyx

Agree. . that wife-beating bully should have gone a long time ago.


14 posted on 01/15/2014 1:28:17 PM PST by Hulka
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To: mortal19440

When he’s not involved in domestic violence on his wife.


15 posted on 01/15/2014 1:29:13 PM PST by Hulka
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

an omen.. the next MegaTrend..

bailing Rats.


16 posted on 01/15/2014 1:39:35 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: a fool in paradise

It’s tempting, sure, but I won’t lower myself to post a Moranic comment!


17 posted on 01/15/2014 1:42:02 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Maybe some of the retiring Repub Congress-critters can stand up for us and our Constitution since they won't have to worry about getting re-elected. Are you listening Congressman Wolf (VA)???????????
18 posted on 01/15/2014 1:42:17 PM PST by Thom Pain
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To: Hulka

You’re right and that rotten, corrupt, bully should have been voted out years ago.


19 posted on 01/15/2014 1:53:49 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: apillar; 2ndDivisionVet

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.


20 posted on 01/15/2014 1:59:29 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Saying goodbye to the moron will be very easy. Now to get rid of Washington State’s Jim McDermott (CD7) aka Baghdad Jim, as well. That would be a lovely relief although, given their CDs, their replacements will be just as bad!


21 posted on 01/15/2014 2:31:40 PM PST by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: Revolting cat!

22 posted on 01/15/2014 2:33:18 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: apillar

don’t get too excited. His son will take his seat.

Alexandria City is a Democrat stronghold/stink hole


23 posted on 01/15/2014 2:54:09 PM PST by Hammerhead
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Moran is pronounced “MORON”.


24 posted on 01/15/2014 3:00:34 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: All; 2ndDivisionVet

I hope House Dems get replaced by more CONSERVATIVE Republicans who will vote out the House leadership.

btw, anybody know if any other House Dems have resigned before this 3-day period?


25 posted on 01/15/2014 10:54:30 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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