Yesterday, Matt posted video of James O’Keefe latest video, showing Patrick Moran, son of Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), bragging about voter fraud. The video immediately setoff a firestorm among conservative bloggers and on social media sites as well as gaining some attention in the mainstream media.
To follow up on Matt’s post, the Washington Post reports that the younger Moran, who was serving as field director for his father’s re-election campaign, resigned shortly after the video came out:
The son of Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., resigned from his father’s campaign Wednesday after a conservative group released an undercover video in which he discussed a plan to cast fraudulent ballots.
The resignation came hours after Project Veritas, an organization led by activist James O’Keefe, released a video showing an undercover operative pitching a voter-fraud plan to Patrick Moran. The plan called for casting ballots in the name of 100 voters who were registered but rarely voted.
In the video, Patrick Moran expresses doubts about the plan but eventually tells the undercover volunteer to “look into it.”
In a statement issued Wednesday night, Patrick Moran said, that “at no point have I, or will I ever endorse any sort of illegal or unethical behavior.”
“At no point did I take this person seriously. He struck me as being unstable and joking, and for only that reason did I humor him. In hindsight, I should have immediately walked away, making it clear that there is no place in the electoral process for even the suggestion of illegal behavior, joking or not.”
Moran’s defense is largely repeated by Jon Healy at the Los Angeles Times, who explains that the video doesn’t “prove anything about the sort of in-person voter fraud that Republicans are so worked up about.” Healy has a point there.
But Healy goes on to note that Moran told the person shooting the video that his efforts would be better suited trying to get the voters to the polls rather than trying to cook up fake utlity bills. Sure, Moran did say that. But Moran also acknowledged his awareness of past voter fraud and went as far to say that if forged documents looked legitimate that Democratic National Committee attorneys would defend them. That’s pretty bad.
And to Moran’s point of not endorsing “illegal or unethical behavior,” he should have, you know, told the person shooting to video to leave rather than continue engaging them in conversation. There is nothing — absolutely nothing — in the video that indicates that Moran is opposed to illicit tactics. Stop trying to defend it.