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Jim Moran Fires Back: Patrick Murray's "desperate attacks shameful and misinformed"

10:05 AM ET, 10/25/2010
Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) is taking some serious flak over comments about his Republican opponent, Patrick Murray. According to Moran, "What [Republicans] do is find candidates, usually stealth candidates, that haven't been in office, haven't served or performed in any kind of public service. My opponent [Murray] is typical, frankly."  That statement prompted Murray to call a news conference with military veterans at 12:30 pm today in Alexandria. Obviously, the Murray campaign, trailing badly in the polls with time running out, would like to make these comments by Moran into a major issue.

We'll see if Murray's strategy gains any traction, but I'm highly dubious, for one main reason: voters in the 8th CD know Jim Moran, and they know he's spent years fighting for troops and veterans. For more on that, see Moran's press release, which touts Moran's support for "historic investments in our servicemen, women and veterans" - health care, post-9/11 GI Bill, pay raises, expanded eligibility for VA home loans, etc., etc.  So, yes, Rep. Moran "misspoke" on this one, but he commends Murray's military service and, indeed, has honored military service and veterans by fighting hard for them for years. Which is why, in the end, Murray's last minute "Hail Mary" won't ever make it to the end zone.

P.S. Another reason why Murray's attacks won't work is that voters in the 8th CD know he's a typical right winger, hanging out with extremists like Joe Miller and Jim DeMint, not to mention Tom DeLay and John Boehner staffers. Can we say "not a good fit for the district?"


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Was 65 Year Old Rep. “Little Jimmy” Moran (D-VA 8) a Vietnam Era Draft Dodger? Now that the “Little Jimmy” Youtube video rant that “military service is not public service” has gone viral on the Internet, I’m surprised no one is asking how “Little Jimmy” managed to Dodge the Draft despite being of optimum draft age during Vietnam (DOB: 16 May 45). As a retired Army Colonel VN Vet draftee, I’m appalled by “Little Jimmy's” comment on the service record of his opponent, retired Army COL Patrick Murray, On 6 Oct, Jimmy stated, "What [Republicans] do is that they find candidates - usually stealth candidates - that haven't been in office, haven't served or performed any kind of public service. My opponent is typical." COL Murray served his country for 24 years in the Army with 4 combat deployments including Iraq as part of the troop surge.

Like his mentor, good old Joe "5-Deferment" Biden (and Dick Cheney to be fair), it appears “Little Jimmy” did everything short of maiming himself (he didn’t have the guts) to dodge the VN Draft. By comparison, COWARDs like him make “George W" look like a war hero! (For the record, Bush flying antique Air Guard Convair F-102s was probably in more danger than I was during an extended CIB-earning tour in Vietnam!). Active military service was a certainty for any male born between 1940-49 unless morally, mentally or medically unfit, or they took some overt action to "dodge" the draft. Also, when “Little Jimmy” evaded, someone else, probably less educated or advantaged and definitely less eligible, served in his place.

My point, if “Little Jimmy” wasn’t fit to serve then, what makes him fit to serve now? Better still, what makes him more fit to serve than combat vet COL (Ret) Pat Murray?

If you want to know how I really feel about this, check out my Blog at: http://old-soldier-colonel.blogspot.com/

Posted by: A-COL | October 25, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Heard a debate today between Jim "I bring home the bacon" Moran and his opponent. Moran told everyone how his seniority on the Appropriations Committee means money for his district. He of course forgot to mention that if the Dems lose the house which they will, he will be sitting in the back row of those appropriations hearings sulking because his pork barrel got nailed shut. Moran will probably win not for any really noble reasons, but because the District he represents is about 70% democrat due to gerrymandering.

Posted by: genericrepub | October 26, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

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