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Moran vs. Moran

Anita Kumar

Last week, Democratic candidates for governor, R. Creigh Deeds and Terry McAuliffe, said they oppose inmates from Guantanamo Bay detention facility being housed in Virginia.

But their rival Brian Moran refused to say. Until today.

Today, Moran told reporters on a conference call that he, too, opposes housing inmates in Virginia and as governor, his first priority would be to keep residents safe.

The decision puts him at odds with his brother, U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, who last weekend raised some eyebrows that he would be open to inmates being housed in Virginia though he would not prefer it.

President Obama has vowed to close Guantanamo by January, and the government is reviewing files on the roughly 240 detainees. The administration has strongly indicated that some will be transferred to federal courts, and a senior Justice Department official named Alexandria, along with Manhattan, as possible destinations.

Moran took a cue from the state's senior U.S. senator, Democrat Jim Webb, who said on a Sunday morning talk show last weekend that he opposes the release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay onto U.S. soil.

"I would join Sen. Webb and oppose those trials occurring in Virginia," Moran said today.

Republican nominee Robert F. McDonnell was the first of the four to come against the proposal in April.

By Anita Kumar  |  May 21, 2009; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe  
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