Thursday, October 07, 2004

Don't be discouraged by local media coverage.

Despite years of asserting that Jim Moran is unfit for office, this week's article in the Washington Post leaves the impression that Lisa Marie Cheney's campaign is solely about Moran's character. The fact is, the local media loves having such a "colorful" politician to write about - witness their barely concealed joy at Marion Barry's return to District politics this week. So while they call out Moran's behavior from time to time, they continue to undermine his challengers by denying them any opportunity to make their voices heard on the issues. In fact, Lisa Marie Cheney has a clear and strong vision for our community. Below is the text of a letter to the editor I sent the Washington Post. I encourage others to do the same - the local media must be told to report on our candidates accurately and fairly.

Dear Editor:

In Monday's paper, Annie Gowen inaccurately described Lisa Marie Cheney's campaign for Jim Moran's seat as centered on "lambasting Moran’s character" ("Moran Opponent Bases Campaign On Character," 10/04/04). While Moran certainly deserves to be retired on his record of belligerent and inappropriate behavior alone – as detailed by this paper time and again over the past 14 years ("Our view that incumbent James P. Moran Jr., 59, is unfit to serve in Congress is not new, nor has it changed since his last election." - "Primary Considerations" 6/5/04; "It seems to us there can be no favorable interpretation of Mr. Moran's behavior.... The real fix that is needed here is in the representation of Virginia's 8th District; Mr. Moran does not deserve the job." "Mr. Moran's Bad Credit," 7/10/02) – it is unfair to characterize Lisa Marie's campaign as solely about Jim Moran.

Contrary to the impression left by your article, our Republican challenger is a strong candidate with a clear vision for our community, which she details at every opportunity. A look at her website,, shows her positions on a wide range of issues. She is an expert on defense policy and will work to make our region and our country safer and stronger. She pledges to seek new and innovative solutions to our transportation crisis, not just keep throwing money at the Wilson Bridge and Metrorail, as if they alone can solve all our problems. A native of Alexandria with two young children, she understands the importance of ensuring our schools remain strong. And, as a small business owner herself, she knows that higher taxes hurt our small businesses – even in the relatively strong economy of Northern Virginia, small businesses struggle to remain competitive when faced with the high burdens of taxation, frivolous lawsuits and over-regulation.

Frankly, it is deeply disheartening to see my neighbors' collective amnesia about Jim Moran's many faults every other November. This time, we have a real choice in Lisa Marie Cheney, and an Independent-Democratic candidate, Jim Hurysz, as well.

Meet the Candidates: Upcoming Debates

  • Thursday, October 7th 7:00 p.m. Barcroft School and Civic League Candidates Night Barcroft Community House, 800 S. Buchanan Street, Arlington
  • Tuesday, October 12th 8:00 p.m. Virginia Hills Citizens Association Old Virginia Hills School, 6520 Diana Lane, Alexandria (Fairfax)
  • Wednesday, October 13th 8:15 p.m.Aurora Hills Candidates Night 18th and S. Hayes Streets, Arlington
  • Wednesday, October 13th 7:30 p.m.Old Town Civic Association Candidates Forum The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria
  • Thursday, October 14th 7:30-9:30 p.m. George Mason University Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution forum on Long-Term National Security: The Future of American Foreign Policy Truland Building, 3330 Washington Boulevard, Arlington
  • Sunday, October 17th 10:00 a.m. Agudas Achim Congregation's Candidate Forum 2200 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria This is a brunch that will cost $5 per person. For more information call 703.998.6460
  • Sunday, October 17th 7:00 p.m. Jewish Community Center Candidate Forum Congregation Beth Emeth, 12523 Lawyer's Road, Herndon, VA 20171
  • Monday, October 18th 6:30 p.m. Mt. Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce Debate Knights of Columbus, 8592 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria (Fairfax)
  • Monday, October 18th 7:30-8:30 p.m. Campagna Center debate on Children's Issues Minnie Howard School Auditorium 3301 W. Braddock Road in Alexandria
  • Tuesday, October 19th 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. Falls Church Chamber of Commerce Debate Italian Cafe, 7161 Lee Hwy, Falls Church
  • Wednesday, October 20th 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. League of Women Voters Debate Falls Church City Council Chambers, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church
  • Wednesday, October 20th 9:00 pm Cherrydale Citizens Assn/Ashton Heights Civic Assn forum Cherrydale Fire Station,3900 Lee Hwy, Arlington
  • Saturday, October 30th 2:30- 3:30pm Rosemont Civic Association Candidates Forum Maury School 600 Russell Road in Alexandria
  • Sunday,October 31st 10:30- 11:30am Temple Beth El Candidates Forum Temple Beth El 3830 Seminary Road in Alexandria

  • Wednesday, October 06, 2004

    Meet the Candidates: Young Professionals Cocktail Party with Lisa Marie tomorrow, Oct. 7

    Young Professionals for Lisa Marie Coalition
    Cocktail Party
    Thursday, October 7th
    7:30pm to 10pm

    14th Floor Clubroom with a view of Our Nations Capital
    1401 North Taft Street
    Arlington, Virginia 22201

    The Young Professionals and First Responders for Lisa Marie are hosting a cocktail party fundraiser for Lisa Marie Cheney, 8th District Congressional Candidate. We will have open bar, heavy Hors d'Oeuvres, a silent auction and DJ.

    Click here for details and to sign-up!


    LISA MARIE CHENEY (Republican)

    "I want to bring respect and dignity back to Virginia’s 8th District. I am a candidate with national interests, local understanding and hometown passion.
    · I will work to provide real leadership to help solve our region’s air, rail and car traffic problems. This means support for continuing rail service out to Dulles airport and the Tyson’s Corner area, as well as improving our current roads and the traffic patterns on those roads. In addition, I believe the time has come to invest in innovative ideas to begin solving our traffic problems.
    · I believe all parents should have the right and privilege to choose the best educational opportunity for their children. And all children deserve an equal opportunity for the best education no matter what their ethnic background, or social standing.
    · As a successful small business owner, I know and understand the burden small and medium businesses face with taxes and regulations. I will support reforms to lessen the burden of government regulations and taxes that inhibit the growth of small and medium size business that are the backbone of our economy. The U.S. economy is the engine of our nation, and while it is the strongest in the world, it needs fine-tuning. We all work hard for our money—and we should be allowed to keep as much of it as is fiscally responsible to run our government and care for our citizens.
    · If we are to remain the greatest free nation with the strongest economy, then we must continue to invest in the defense of our people, the protection of our freedom and democracy, and our way of life. You can not put a price tag on the lives of our citizens, our military men and women, or our freedom. Nor, can we afford to skimp on the equipment and technology necessary to give our men and women in our armed forces the edge they need to protect and defend this great nation, and our allies abroad."


    JIM HURYSZ (Independent-Democrat)
    "Here's what I will do as your Representative in Congress, based on your priorities:
    · Introduce legislation to make NASA's next mission the elimination of aircraft noise
    · Introduce and support legislation to preserve and expand existing railway systems and railroad tracks
    · Introduce and support legislation to fund new light rail (and equivalent transportation) between and among urban areas and suburbs
    · Introduce and support legislation to fund light rail (and equivalent transportation) rights-of-way to be dedicated when new towns and subdivisions are planned
    · Introduce and support legislation to fund a comprehensive system of train-to-home, home-to-work, and home-to-shop shuttle bus service, using alternative fuel vehicles, including vehicles powered by fuel cells"


    Candidate positions taken from their respective websites, and

    Jim Moran, Still Unfit for Office

    In the words of the Washington Post...

    "Our view that incumbent James P. Moran Jr., 59, is unfit to serve in Congress is not new, nor has it changed since his last election."
    – "Primary Considerations," 6/5/04

    "ONCE AGAIN, Rep. Jim Moran -- a public official whose personal finances are by his own account a mess -- has been found to have borrowed money from a party with direct interests in congressional legislation. The latest matter to come to light, documented Sunday by staff writers Jo Becker and Spencer S. Hsu, involves a favorable loan deal from MBNA Corp., a credit card lender that would like Congress to help it collect from debtors much like Mr. Moran.
    It seems to us there can be no favorable interpretation of Mr. Moran's behavior, even if you accept his denial of any connection between his personal finances and his embrace of the interests of those who offer him bailouts. At a minimum he has allowed his attempts to wriggle out of his financial problems to correspond with his positions on public policy in a way that suggests impropriety. He has no standing to piously lecture Virginians, or anyone else, about financial excess, and he certainly is not fit to do so as a member of Congress. The real fix that is needed here is in the representation of Virginia's 8th District; Mr. Moran does not deserve the job."
    - "Mr. Moran's Bad Credit," 7/10/02

    & the Northern Virginia Journal...

    "Moran has a lengthy history of questionable loans and personal foibles, of which voters in the 8th District have been uncommonly forgiving. But this time, Moran has compromised himself too much."
    - "Lingering Suspicion," 7/31/02

    & the Washington Jewish Week...
    "If anyone is spreading "reprehensible smears and innuendoes," it's Moran. He may not be an anti-Semite, but his words give comfort and justification for those who are."
    - "Smears and Innuendoes," 6/10/04

    & His OWN Words...
    "I like to hit people."
    - as quoted in Washingtonian magazine, 1999

    This is only a sampling of the long history of Jim Moran's embarrassing, belligerent and inappropriate behavior. For much, much more comprehensive accounts, please visit GoodbyeJim/ and

    Virginians for a Choice

    With just 27 days to go until election day, November 2, this site is intended to help spread the message that residents of Northern Virginia have a clear choice for our US Representative: Lisa Marie Cheney or Jim Hurysz!

    Stay tuned for more information.