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Jim Moran: "I'm Concerned"

With some last-minute polls suggesting that Brian Moran might be neck-and-neck or even lagging behind Terry McAuliffe and Creigh Deeds on Moran's home turf in Northern Virginia, his big brother, Rep. Jim Moran, acknowledged being "concerned."

"Of course, I am," Jim Moran said while leaving a Fairfax County forum with local officals and other members of the Virginia congressional delegation on housing.

"I think the (Washington) Post endorsement is helping Creigh a great deal in Northern Virginia, which is where he had hoped to win it," Jim Moran said. "We figured if we could get two thirds of the vote in Northern Virginia and we get a good turnout, a good GOTV effort, we can win this, because Brian does have good support in Hampton Roads and in the Richmond area."

"But the Post endorsement has made a difference, and of course Terry has the resources to make an impressive final push. That's why we're very much concerned," Jim Moran said.

Jim Moran also defended his brother's hardshots at McAuliffe and Deeds -- a strategy that some voters have found negative.

"He knew he didn't have the resources that Terry had, and he had to try to equal the playing field," Jim Moran said. "But I got to tell you there is a whole lot that some advisors wanted Brian to use, and Brian just wouldn't do it because he is really strongly opposed to being negative. He's just not that kind of a guy. Unfortunately some of the truly negative stuff is more likely to come out in the general election now, where we would have been better off if it had come out in the primary, and then we would have been in a better position in the general -- speaking as a Democrat."

Slip of the tongue, Congressman? Moran said he thinks his brother will pull it out, but he expects the battle between whoever wins tomorrow and GOP candidate Robert McDonnell will be even tougher.

"I think we're going to see a relatively negative campaign," Jim Moran said. And then he was off to a rally for his brother.

Meanwhile, members of Moran's large clan have come from Massachuetts to help get out the vote, and one of Jim Moran's staffers and campaign managers, Bryan Spoon, has taken time off from Moran's office to work on Brian's campaign.

"I'm doing everything I can," Jim Moran said.

Of course, so is his brother.

"They've got him--he doesn't have a moment to breathe. He's not even going to go to bed tonight. He's going full bore," Jim Moran said.

Fredrick Kunkle

By Anita Kumar  |  June 8, 2009; 4:51 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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