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Moran Gives Up House Seat to Run for Governor

Tim Craig

Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria) resigned today from the House of Delegates so he can campaign full time for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Moran sent a letter to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) this morning announcing his decision, which he said followed "long deliberation and discussions with" his family.

By resigning the seat he has held since 1996, Moran will be able to raise money and travel the state this winter instead of being bogged down by the 45-day legislative session. Had he not stepped down, Moran would have been in Richmond in January and February while one of his chief rivals for the nomination, Terry McAuliffe, was free to campaign. Moran will also be able to avoid looming tough votes on budget cuts, as well as possible tax or fee increases, as Virginia grapples with a big budget shortfall.

"While the decisions made in the coming 45 day General Assembly session are important, the leadership of Virginia for the next four years is even more critical," Moran wrote in a letter to his constituents. "Today's troubled times demand proven leadership. I believe the best thing I can do for the people of Alexandria, Fairfax and the entire state, is to win this campaign for governor."

There is no indication that the third Democrat in the race, Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath), plans to step down. As the only sitting legislator in the race, Deeds now has an opportunity to distinguish himself when it comes to the budget and other debates during the session.

But Moran advisers said he didn't think it was fair to his constituents for him to be distracted by his bid for governor.

"To be elected governor, you've got to have a single-minded focus on that objective," said Moran's brother, U.S. Rep. James P. Moran (D-Va.) "It was a principled decision because he didn't want to give his constituents anything less than 100 percent of his attention."

By Tim Craig  |  December 12, 2008; 1:04 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Tim Craig  
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good luck on your race, Brian.
Now I am without representation in my district. oh well.......

Posted by: pvogel88 | December 12, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Good Luck, but history tells us that a Republican will win the Gov.

Posted by: cr10 | December 12, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

"good luck on your race, Brian.
Now I am without representation in my district. oh well......."

so.......does that mean no Alexandria taxes? "No taxation without representation" !!!!

Posted by: lostcause227 | December 12, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Looks like there will be a special election for that district. Good luck, Brian. Not sure yet if I'm backing Brian or Creigh Deeds, but I do know it won't be McAuliffe.

Posted by: DCLawyer1 | December 12, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't look like anyone favors McAuliffe. I don't know how he expects to win.

Posted by: annie7 | December 12, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully this means one Moron out of public life. If you people in the Country of Arlington/Alexandria would come to your senses, you could get the other Moron out too.

Oh, annie7, I prefer Mr. McAuliffe. He is well connected and would bring a great deal to the Commonwealth.

Posted by: mortified469 | December 12, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

cr10, Huh? What history tells who a Republican will win?

Posted by: nodebris | December 12, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Creigh Deeds all the way, if you dont want a conservative to win. Moran is a joke, he only gets re-elected because he is in a demoracatic stronghold. What is Clintons campaing manager biggest accomplishment, running Clintons campaign into the ground. Deeds is from the southern Virginia and the NRA endorsed him over his Republican rival for attorney general in 2005. Deeds is the only one that has a shot at winning.

Posted by: F0X7 | December 12, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Good. At least someone with the respect for their constituency to step aside when they know they won't be giving 100% to their first job, legislating. On another note, I hope Moran is able to keep people from getting stars in their eyes when McAuliffe rolls around N.Va dropping the Clinton's names all over the place. McAuliffe should stick to being a lackey for the Clintons and the DNC and let someone who knows Virginia run the state.

Posted by: BurtReynolds | December 12, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Tim Craig,

Here's a tip. How about telling us something about what happens to his seat? This close to the session there's no time for a special election, is there? Does someone appoint a delegate? Does the seat stay vacant? Do tell!!

Posted by: DCLawyer1 | December 12, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Woo-HOO! Go, Terry McAuliffe! You the MAN. With your connections to the Clintons, Virginia will be in the driver's seat with you as governor.

Just think about it! Chinese money to help with our budget deficit. Ex-Presidential entourage "business trips" to Richmond so that Bill Clinton can "meet" with McAuliffe "interns." Terry, you'd be the stimulus package that the Commonwealth needs.

Posted by: JMosesBrowning | December 12, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

McAuliffe is a pathetic carpetbagging joke. I will vote for Creigh Deeds if he wins the nomination. If Moran is nominated, I won't vote. If McAuliffe is nominated, I'll vote for McDonnell.

Posted by: franklinmjohnson | December 12, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Argh. What a dumb headline!

It should read:
Del. Moran Gives Up House Seat to Run for Governor

The most famous Moran in VA politics is Jim Moran. This headline was poor.

Posted by: painintheass97 | December 12, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I am so glad that one Moran is gone from office, even if it is only from the Delegacy. These Boston Brawlers have done nothing but pad their own pockets for the last twenty years or so. Its really time for some fresh ideas and thinking out of the box, some new blood. I will certainly be voting for Mr. Deeds in the Gubernatorial election. Good riddance Brian!

Posted by: Stevedoro | December 12, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

remember since the Jimmy Carter (D) Election 1976, the party that wins the presidency, the following year Virginia elects the opposite party the Richmond.

Carter (D) 1976 Dalton (R) 1977

Reagan (R) 80' and 84' Robb and Bililes (D) 81' and 85'

Bush Sr. (R) 88' Wilder (D) 89'

Clinton 92' and 96' Allen and Gilmore (R) 93' and 97'

Bush Jr. (R) 00' and 04' Warner and Kaine (D) 01' and 05'

Obama (D) 08' McDonnell (R) 09'? just maybe, will just have to see how well President Obama does in 09'.

Posted by: ehs2002 | December 12, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Cr10 and nodebris, history or the past doesn't appear to be on the Democrats side come November 2009. Hello, Governor elect Robert (bob) McDonnell (maybe, question mark?)

Posted by: ehs2002 | December 12, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Since his brother Jim Moran is a raging hypocrite and shill of the credit card industry (see the anti-bankruptcy legislation he pushed through after being paid off by Capital One), I don't hold out much hope for Brian's ethics. I hope he loses.

Posted by: mr_bill_10 | December 12, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Hope he's smarter than his brother Jim, who wears his shoe in his mouth almost on a daily basis. Why do we keep getting family members running for office in this country? Must be something about how they are able raise enough money to run for office.

Posted by: curious3 | December 12, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

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