Monday, October 25, 2004

WaPo Again Makes Case for Mr. Moran's Defeat, But Neglects to Endorse Challenger

As per their tradition, the WaPo today maintains their contention that Mr. Moran is unfit for office, and yet deliberately undermines his challenger, Lisa Marie Cheney, by misrepresenting her positions and refusing to endorse her.

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The most useful recommendation of the editorial is found in its opening sentences:

INCUMBENTS IN THE House of Representatives from Northern Virginia have contrived by gerrymandering to assure themselves of near-certain electoral victories every two years. That serves voters poorly; we'd like to see the state institute a less partisan system of drawing lines.

On Mr. Moran, the editorial states:
Democratic Rep. James P. Moran Jr. of the 8th District, lacks the temperament for the job, as he himself once said publicly. Whatever his merits as a legislator and his experience as a public servant -- which he has been for more than two decades -- Mr. Moran has largely negated them by his own blunders and character flaws. This newspaper has documented his ethical failings involving cozy financial deals with special interests whose causes he helped advance in Congress, as well as his hot-tempered penchant for confrontations and scuffles -- in one instance involving an 8-year-old boy. To this record he has added insidious remarks suggesting Jewish Americans bear special responsibility for pushing the nation into war in Iraq.

Mr. Moran at recent debates has called comments on the incidents listed here "personal attacks" and "distractions." The attacks in question were, in fact, personal - physical acts of violence committed on multiple persons BY Mr. Moran. And the type of hateful bigotry expressed by Mr. Moran in his comments about Jewish Americans must surely be a "distraction" - a distraction from keeping an open mind on US-Israeli relations as they come before Mr. Moran in his role on the defense appropriations subcommittee. They are also deeply "personal" to Jewish Americans here in Mr. Moran's district who feel that, as the Washington Jewish Weekly wrote (6/10/04), Mr. Moran's words "give comfort and justification for those who are [anti-Semitic]."

On Ms. Cheney, the editorial sneers:
Unfortunately, his Republican challenger this year, defense contractor Lisa Marie Cheney, is a lackluster alternative whose party-line orthodoxy and evident reluctance to challenge the powers-that-be make her a poor fit for the district.

Would that be the "party-line orthodoxy" she displays when she calls President Bush's support of the Federal Marriage Amendment "a mistake"? As a newcomer to elected office, when might she have had occasion to "challenge the powers-that-be"? Or did the editorial board expect her to come out against the party that - nominally - backs her candidacy? I also find it hard to believe she would follow the "party line" more extremely than Rep. Tom Davis, whom the board endorses in the 5th paragraph, and who serves in senior GOP leadership as the past CHAIR of the House Republican Fundraising Committee (NRCC).

She is content to prescribe ambitious spending on transportation and infrastructure but loath to say honestly that higher taxes would be the price.

And yet in the very next paragraph, Frank Wolf receives the board's endorsement because of his success in securing significant transportation funding for his neighboring district.

It is an uninspiring choice. In a heavily Democratic district such as Virginia's 8th, we have no illusions that Mr. Moran will be easily displaced. We make no endorsement, but once again express the hope that next time his party will show the self-respect to nominate someone of greater stature.

I take issue with the first sentence, as I have personally been inspired by Lisa Marie's tenacity and dedication to this district; but I know not everyone has yet had the benefit of spending time with her.

More importantly, by giving the benefit of the doubt to Mr. Moran over (either of) his challenger(s), the Washington Post has instead tacitly endorsed the physically abusive and verbally malicious behaviors of our incumbent, Mr. Moran. This district deserves better. VOTE TUESDAY FOR LISA MARIE CHENEY - OR - JIM HURYSZ.


At October 25, 2004 at 8:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Post managed to completely ignore Jim Hurysz in its editorial and barely mentions him in past coverage of the race.

Here's some links that correct that silence.

Alexandria Gazette Packet: Candidates Focus on Families
Sun-Gazette Covers Exclusion from Debates
Falls Church News-Press Covers Chamber of Commerce Forum
Mount Vernon Gazette Covers their Chamber of Commerce Forum…


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