Brian Moran

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Brian Moran Speaks to VAYD Convention

When he began as House Democratic Caucus leader, there were only 33 Democrats. Now look how things have changed in Virginia!

Moran discussed the importance of having another Democratic governor. "This is a grassroots campaign from the bottom up, not the top down!" These are difficult economic times, and "I am running for governor because in these difficult times we need a leader to fight . . . and that is what I will do as your next

Moran said he grew up in a family of Roosevelt Democrats where he learned government can play a positive role in people's lives. He has proposed creating a federal economic stimulus watchdog to make sure all the money coming to Virginia is spent wisely. Those Republicans want us to fail and we cannot allow this.

Why I Support Brian Moran for Governor

Brian Moran understands what it takes to do right by the environment, and he doesn’t cave to special interests that falsely pit the environment against the economy as his opponents have. His unadulterated opposition to the Surry coal plant near Williamsburg and to drilling off our beautiful clean Virginia coasts not only protects our environment, but it protects the health and economic welfare of our Hampton Roads community.

Moran's Selective Outrage

This (Friday) morning, Brian Moran appeared on the Kojo WAMU Politics Hour Show with Kojo Nnamdi. The subject of Terry McAuliffe’s fundraiser last week with the bipartisan lobbying BGR came up. According to the McAuliffe campaign’s "Terry Facts":

… Out of 11 event chairs, 10 were Democrats, including Terry's longtime friend Jonathan Mantz, who has spent his career fighting for Democratic candidates and causes. Mantz was the principal host of the event. Throughout his career in Democratic politics, Terry has built relationships with many people, both Democrat and Republican. This ability to reach across the aisle is part of what will make Terry an effective governor.

Apparently, Brian Moran doesn’t see it that way, preferring to focus on the 1 event chair who happened to be a Republican and to bash Terry McAuliffe for sharing a room with him:

Moran: Well, fundraising ties, Republican fundraising ties and this particular gentleman, by the name Ed Rogers, used some very offensive language during last year’s election. Language, that was, um, that was offensive to me as a supporter of Barack Obama. You know, that’s what gives politicians and lobbyists a bad name. I mean, here he is, he’s willing to fundraise with people who do not, um, possess our values. There was a reason we were so supportive of Barack Obama: he was bringing change, he was making sure we were investing in people, once again, and bringing change to, um, to the culture of corruption. And here’s one of my Democratic opponents joining—jumping in bed with someone that supported that. So his fundraising with that particular individual condones what that person said. I find that offensive.

So, Brian Moran claims to be outraged that Terry McAuliffe would hold a fundraiser with 10 Democrats and 1 Republican named Ed Rogers. True, Rogers was obnoxious, but was he any more obnoxious than one of Brian Moran’s OWN EMPLOYEES? As it turns out, one of the top officials (new media director) on the Moran campaign was also one of the worst bashers of both Barack Obama and Obama supporters, which he referred to derogatorily as “Obamabots.” Here are a few classics from the Jerome Armstrong encyclopedia of anti-Obama rantings and ravings:

Brian Moran's Plan: Investments in Small Business, Job Creation

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Brian Moran Rolls Out Economic Recovery PlanIt takes a strong combination of Democratic leadership to be the best-managed state in the nation, to save and maintain Virginia's AAA bond rating, and to keep Virginia the best state for business, three years running.

Making obvious that he's got the experience to step right in where Governors Warner and Kaine left off, Brian Moran released his Economic Recovery Plan today, "talking up tax relief as a way to help small and minority businesses through the economic crisis", as the Richmond Times-Dispatch put it. "Creating local jobs by cutting taxes", adds the Washington Post.

Brian’s plan focuses on stimulating the economy through investments in small business and job creation, including a tax credit for job creation. Brian will focus on small businesses because he knows that they represent more than 97% of the Commonwealth’s employers and make up approximately half of the private workforce in Virginia. "We must stimulate job creation by giving a tax credit to those who create more jobs," said Moran. "That job creation will stimulate our economy and get us back on the right footing."

Specifically, he will create a small business job creation tax credit of $2,000 per new employee for small businesses that hire new employees and retain them for at least one year. He will eliminate the corporate income tax for small businesses making less than $200,000 per year. Brian Moran will create a Stimulus Watchdog to coordinate the federal dollars flowing into Virginia and ensure that they are invested wisely, not wasted.

McAuliffe Responds to Moran Attack

Another day another controversy in the Virginia Governor's race.

First, a bi-partisan group, BGR, which had once been lead by Republican lightning rod Haley Barbour hosted a fundraiser for Terry McAuliffe. Barbour is no longer involved in BGR. The Moran campaign jumped on the opportunity to denounce the event as "offensive". And now, the McAuliffe campaign has responded.

Via NBC12

Terry McAuliffe: Sleeping with the enemy

Terry McAuliffeDemocratic National Committee superstar and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe spent some time last evening at a fundraiser.

While that isn't a shocker as we all know politicians spend a considerable amount of time at fundraisers for their campaigns; what is shocking is WHO was raising money for McAuliffe last night.

The fundraiser was hosted by Republican political operative Ed Rogers at the prestigious BGR lobbying firm, a firm that has been 100% until 2008 when it started accepting Democratic clients.

Rogers shares ownership of the firm with Haley Barbour, Vice-Chair of the Republican Governors Association. Rogers and his firm have worked tirelessly to defeat scores of Democrats nationwide, including President Barack Obama last year.

Virginia's Public Safety Champion, Brian Moran

Virginia's Public Safety Champion, Brian Moran
There are 100 legislators in Virginia's House of Delegates, thousands of bills passing through each year, and hundreds of needy non-profits jockeying for even 30 seconds of any one legislator's time.

You quickly learn which legislators aren't your friends and which legislators just give you lip service. Pandering for your vote and endorsement, some will tell you one thing to your face but then turn around and vote contrarily.

But then there is that legislator that cares deeply about your concerns, has "walked the walk" on the issues you labor tirelessly over. You hold tight to that legislator as they guide you through the wiles of the General Assembly and eventually a lot a good work gets accomplished.

Repeatedly for over a decade, non-profits involved in public safety and victims relief have found that champion in Delegate Brian Moran.

Moran's 2003 vote to block lawful abortions raises questions about his position on right to choose

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Crossposted to Daily Kos and The Virginia Democrat

During the blogger dinner with Creigh Deeds, the Senator mentioned that he had the strongest pro-choice record of any candidate in the race, but he refused to be more specific, telling us to “look it up.”

So I did.

Here is what I found.

Are You Feeling Lonely?

(Cross-Posted at Daily Kos)

Are you feeling lonely and blue?

Do you feel like you lack the energy to get moving in the morning?

Do you miss being a part of something bigger than you, where you could be one of many working towards a greater, common goal??

Are you going through the 7 stages of political campaign absence grief?

1. Shock - what will you do with your Saturday now?
2. Denial - what do you MEAN the campaign is over??
3. Anger - I'm gonna blow if I don't get to smackdown a Republican soon!
4. Bargaining - Maybe someone will be impeached and there will be special election...
5. Depression - there's no purpose without a door to knock or a call to make.
6. Testing - maybe there's something out there that can fill the void...
7. Acceptance - I'll get involved in the race for VA-Governor! That's the ticket!!


Connolly Office Contradicts Brian Moran for Governor Campaign

This morning I contacted the the phone number listed on to get the official results of the the St. Patricks Day Straw Poll. I was told that every gubernatorial campaign purchased a block of tickets for the event, though they were not allowed to release the number of tickets each campaign purchased. Upon contacting the Brian Moran for Governor campaign, I was told by Jesse Ferguson, Communications Director, that that the campaign had not purchased any tickets for any of their supporters.

Moran is the Progressive Choice?

Blueweeds has opened up a discussion about Tuesday's straw poll in which he remarks - emphasis mine:

From one progressive to another, is the straw poll an indicator of which candidate is the most progressive on policy issues, or is it (merely) an indication of early campaign organization and money? Because my sense is that it is the latter, and I am confused about why a progressive blog community would shamelessly promote early organization and money over progressive policy? I know why campaign operatives would do it, but why would grassroots netroots progressives promote organization and money over policy?

The problem with this discussion is that it falsely asserts that Brian Moran is the pure Progressive candidate. He is not.

Through the Lens: Impressions Amidst Uncertainty

As most of my fellow bloggers know, I am usually strongly opinionated, especially about candidates for higher office. Indeed, I once disdained the kind of Dem I have now become: The vacillating kind, the uncommitted kind. “What does it take?” I once thought. Decide already. I started out unsure in 2007 (leaning Obama, but not sure.) All that changed when I got firmly behind Barack Obama for the primary and never looked back. But once one supports Barack Obama, something happens. We see pols differently. Which among them might make it all the way to the WH? The standard we set, that bar, gets higher. And then, suddenly, in Virginia, got thrust back into the real world, the one in which there's an election every year. After Obama, how then to recapture the magic? Who will be the one candidate to bring new vitality to 8 years of Democratic rule in Virginia? And it all got even more complicated as I watched candidates through the lens of my new camera. Last fall I began trying to take “real” photos with a “real” camera. Ironically, I had thought that doing so would distance me from the candidates. But it didn’t turn out that way. The lens sometimes brings into focus the humanity of these people who would lead us. This essay isn’t about the photos themselves. It’s about what I remember seeing through that lens. I got the camera shortly before I covered Barack Obama’s town hall in Lebanon, VA, for Raising Kaine. It was stunning watching him. Through the lens I saw that Barack is a natural. I watched every gesture, every facial expression as if for the first time. He radiated confidence, competence, and charisma. Though from my professional study and research I know leaders are not, literally, born (they learn to lead), one would almost think so when watching him closely that day.

March 18 - Governor DEM Primary Endorser List

I've created an endorser list for the 2009 Virginia governor primary. I know its not finished yet, but I imagine many would find it quite useful. With the campaign in its final 90 days, endorsements are starting to matter more and more and I'll continue to update this list.

You can find it here

I've only included endorsements from Legislatures, Mayors, and Congressmen. I'm debating whether to add local leaders or keep it prominent leaders.

A Modest Proposal for T-Mac following the straw poll

(this is satire in the spirit of Jonathan Swift, nothing more. I'm posting this because alot of people need to relax, take a deep breath, and look at the situation we are in and what the campaigns have been reduced too. So don't be a jerk about it. While I do support Brian, I'd be posting the same thing about him if he won)

Why I'm supporting Brian Moran: He's been there

Brain Moran(I think it's good to hear these personal stories about what the gubernatorial candidates mean to Virginians. - promoted by Bryan Scrafford)
There's been a flurry of blogger endorsements for candidates for the Democratic nomination for this year's gubernatorial race, and, while I have not been particularly quiet about my support of Brian Moran, I thought I would write about why I am supporting him in this election.

Along with Brian Moran, Creigh Deeds and Terry McAuliffe are vying for the Democratic nomination. I've seen all three candidates up close. I've heard their stump speeches, seen how they work rooms, took note of how others responded to them, and have formed my own personal view of each candidate. Prior to meeting any of the candidates, I researched their educational, professional, and political histories, and formed some opinions based solely on this black and white information. I had to mix that information with the impression I was left with after meeting the candidates.

Here's what I came up with:

Terry McAuliffe is the Best Candidate

Ben Tribbett has an attack piece up on NLS insinuating that somehow my support was purchased by the McAuliffe Campaign. I have to say that far from embarrassed, I am astonishingly disappointed in Brian and his campaign. This is a continuation of the kind of tactics which helped me transition in the first place.

I think this is an opportunity to discuss both why I support the superior campaign put together by Terry McAuliffe, and also to point out what made me move my support.

First off, it's no secret that I was an early supporter of Brian Moran. Here are a few supporting pieces I wrote on RK:
From Galax to Fairfax, Moran Fights for the Commonwealth
Moran Heavily Endorsed in Bellwether Loudoun County
Good Friends, Good Omens for Brian Moran
Brian Moran v. Jeff Frederick

When it was just Brian and Creigh in this race, I had a natural affinity towards Brian for his positions and his record, but I had my misgivings. In my early meetings with Brian and at events early in the campaign I noted Brian's lack of a coherent message, and personally enjoined the campaign to circle the wagons and give Brian the ammunition necessary to build a winning campaign message.

Money doesn't talk, it swears

Crosposted at Daily Kos

An examination of Brian Moran’s fundraising for governor through the last quarter as disclosed on VPAP shows an unusual level of support for him from the defense and homeland security industries (collectively referred to herein as “defense industry”) as compared to both candidates in current elections and over several past election cycles in Virginia.

The VPAP data does not establish any wrongdoing on Mr. Moran’s part, and it is not the purpose of this diary to make such an allegation. In fact, I take it on faith that Mr. Moran is an honest public servant and a strong Progressive with the best of intentions.

But the pattern of contributions from the defense industry to him and his campaign does stand out, and, frankly, is worth a look because Mr. Moran’s brother, Congressman Jim Moran, is a powerful member of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee.

The donations also bear examination because Mr. Moran himself has made fundraising an issue in the primary campaign, most notoriously with his “we need a fighter, not a fundraiser” haymaker aimed at Terry McAuliffe at the JJ Dinner. That remark has been followed up by numerous broadsides launched on Virginia and national blogs against Mr. McAuliffe alleging in one way or another that his fundraising history is both evidence of questionable ethics on his part, and potentially fodder for the Republicans in the general election to use against him, should Mr. McAuliffe be the party’s nominee. And even earlier in the campaign, Mr. Moran attempted to use Mr. McAuliffe’s fundraising outside of the Commonwealth against him, until it quickly came to light Mr. Moran had himself done some significant fundraising out of state and the issue was dropped.

Brian Moran starts organizing online

Organizing VirginiaIn the Obama campaign, we all saw how well social networking could be used to organize and fundraise campaigns from the grassroots up. While Internet technologies for reaching out to supporters are not in short supply, building a custom platform for online campaigning can have greater returns; however, the attempt can also yield greater frustration due to the costs of development, maintenance, etc. Often custom social media for campaigns, or other companies and organizations, are gaudy and ineffective. The Obama campaign showed us that it could be done effectively.

Brian Moran, candidate for the Democratic nomination to run for Governor of Virginia, launched Organizing Virginia; his custom social media based campaign site. While there are ties to massively used services such as Twitter and Facebook, the Moran campaign has taken a page from Obama in developing a custom site featuring supporter profiles and groups. However, just like Obama's site, Organizing Virginia allows users to create their own events and fundraise; allowing for significant grassroots action across Virginia.

March 13 - Does Brian Moran's Mt. Vernon Straw Poll win really mean anything?

As most of us know by now, Brian Moran won the Mount Vernon Straw Poll win over Creigh Deeds and Terry McAuliffe on February 22, but does the win really mean much.

It's kind of a yes and no answer really. Straw Polls are usually pointless as far as predicting votes, but are always taken by the media to be a new accurate poll.

But let's talk about how meaningful this win would be in courting the NoVa region in the primary. Moran won the straw poll with 83 votes to Creigh Deeds's second place showing of 43. But how accurate is that?

The Severely Disingenuous Mr. McAuliffe

"I want Virginia to have the cleanest coal in the country. That should be our goal", McAuliffe told a group in Lebanon, VA, an area nearby the proposed mega coal plant in Surry, VA, an area also located just 18 miles from Colonial Williamsburg in Hampton Roads. (See video here.)

A couple of weeks later on "Hearsay", a local radio talk show, again in Hampton Roads, McAuliffe said "Listen, I want clean coal. We all want clean coal. We have this new technology called CCS -- carbon capture and storage".

"But I'll be honest with you. Before I am going to shut anything down, that's 2200 jobs that we have in Surry. And before I would ever cost people their jobs, I need to make sure I have a job for them. And I'm not going to say we're not going to do it until I can say we have 2200 jobs in the green alternative energy area. People need jobs. They got to take care of their children, they need health care. They want to educate their children. And I'm not going to throw 2200 folks out on the street." (Source)

But alas Wednesday in McAuliffe's post on Daily Kos, a national political blog that's not very likely read by most job seekers in Hampton Roads, comes the following statement:

The plant in Surry is still just an idea at this point and I plan on taking a much harder look at the specifics of the proposal - including what type of technology is going to be used -- and hear from all of the folks who have a stake in the outcome. But if a new coal plant is built, it should be as clean as possible -- and from my understanding, the one being proposed for Surry County does not meet that standard.

Poof! Magically disappearing are 2200 jobs producing energy from a new and wonderful "clean coal" power plant in Hampton Roads, that McAuliffe promised to the good folks in the Lebanon-Surry area. Thrown "out on the street" are 2200 folks, which is a curious situation considering that these 2200 jobs are today completely non-existent!

What kind of fools does McAuliffe take us in Hampton Roads for?