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Lingamfelter, Moran Have Testy Exchange

Anita Kumar

Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince William) took to the House floor Thursday to criticize his fellow Northern Virginian colleague, Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria), for asking for money to fight online child predators in a tight budget year.

Moran, chairman of the House Democratic caucus and likely candidate for governor next year, responded with an uncharacteristically fiery speech that was met with cheers from his side of the room.

"Stand up for the schoolchildren of Virginia!'' he bellowed. "Let's walk the walk!"

The day before Moran asked the House Appropriations Committee for millions of dollars to provide money to a pair of law enforcement task forces, including one in Northern Virginia, that target online criminals who are involved in pornography and lure children into one-on-one meetings.

The state is suffering from a shortfall this year and there isn't a whole lot of money to create new or expanding existing programs in the next two-year budget year either.

Legislators generally ask for budget amendments to please constituents and bring back home to their own districts. Lingamfelter is no exception.

His own budget requests equal more than $50 million including $1-million for the Prince William Arts Center, $200,000 for the National Museum of Americans at War and $40,000 for the Rappahannock River Basin Commission.

By Anita Kumar  |  February 7, 2008; 10:37 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2008  
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Comments

Moran just wants to keep wasting tax dollars yet he claims to be a moderate. It must be stressful on Moran now that he has to vote against our second amendment rights in committee now. Make no mistake about it, Brian Moran is as liberal as they come. I applaud Delegate Lingamfelter for taking Moran to task and standing up for fiscal conservatism. We need more delegates like him. If more Delegates like Lingamfelter stood up to liberals like Moran, our caucus would be in better shape. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: notwillismarkham | February 8, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

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