Unfolding Scandal: Rep. Moran's Son Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Girlfriend

Patrick Moran, son of Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia, pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend outside of a D.C. bar. The Congressman's response could cost him reelection.

Patrick Moran, the son of Virginia Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia, pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend by slamming her head into a trash can outside a bar. The arrest took place on December 1st, but is only coming out now. Patrick Moran and his girlfriend were arguing outside Getaway, a bar in the Colombia Heights neighborhood in Washington D.C. Police described Moran's girlfriend as "bleeding heavily from her nose" and also observed that her nose and right eye were extremely swollen." One of the ambulance technicians who transported her to Howard University Hospital told police that Moran appeared to have broken her nose and given her a skull fracture under her right eye.

Congressman Moran released this statement in response:

The Congressman strongly condemns domestic violence. As was stated in court by both his son Patrick and his girlfriend Kelly, the situation was an accident. They were the only two people involved in the scene. In that sense, their statements are the only ones that matter. They are both very embarrassed by the situation, which involved drinking, and they are looking to move past it, and ask for their privacy to be respected.

In trying to be straightforward and bland, Rep. Moran may have left himself a landmine or two to trip over. This is standard, political speak for "please do not tie this horrible event to Congressman, who would like to be reelected in 2014." However, look at the wording: "an accident"? "They are both very embarrassed"? That doesn't jive with what else we have heard about this case. Maybe the truth will come out and vindicate this statement (if not Patrick Moran), but it's also possible this could cost Rep. Moran his office.
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