Brian Moran: 2009 vs. 2010


    In 2009, Brian Moran bashed Terry McAuliffe relentlessly for his ties to lobbyists, for hosting “weekly breakfast briefings for lobbyists at a downtown law firm,” for being the “booking agent of the Lincoln Bedroom.” More broadly, the Moran campaign trashed Terry McAuliffe for his connection to the world of money for access, aka, “the world of lobbying the federal government.”  For instance, see this page from Brian Moran’s website, which is still up today under a section called Pinocchio Report.

    And today, what’s Brian Moran up to? That’s right, he’s a registered lobbyist, for an organization that’s shady at best – the for-profit “education” industry. Can anyone reconcile this seemingly blatant hypocrisy?  Of course, Brian Moran is the same guy whose main claim to fame is raising a lot of money for Democratic House candidates when he was Caucus Chair. That’s fine, but then don’t turn around and bash fundraising, with lines like, “we need a fighter not a fundraiser.” And don’t bash lobbyists, then turn around and become one yourself, then turn around and run for DPVA chair, then try to weasel out of a law forbidding lobbyists from being state party chairs by claiming it only applies to state lobbyists – as if the moral and political issues aren’t of any importance! Unbelievable.  

    • notlarrysabato

      question the political skills of someone selected by a Uranium Lobbyist to lead the party.

    • Tom

      I kinda jumped the gun when I suggested a “draft Susan” movement before asking her if she might be interested – I should have asked her privately before I posted that idea.

      But I have already read that “some” have floated Donald’s name as a possible chair, and I’d have to believe if he is interested (and I can’t think of any reason he wouldn’t be since he lives in the Richmond ‘burbs and his chairmanship would not interfere with is duties as State Senator).

      Peter is a good Dem., but I think he is a little short on statewide campaign experience, unlike Susan or Donald. I was a little disappointed in Peter’s web site implication that he wants to eliminate competition by saying anyone (obviously intended as a counter against Brian) who has been or might be a candidate for public office shouldn’t be DPVA chair. Certainly, being a Va. state Senator would not be a bad thing for any chair and the fact that Donald might well be a gubernatorial, LG or AG candidate in 2013 would in no way mean that Donald should not be chair. He is by far the strongest and most eloquent voice of the party right now, and is very well liked (so far as I have heard) across the state. I think Donald, if elected chair, would be a hugely effective party unifier and energizer.

      I was and still am mystified as to why Webb and Warner jumped the gun and asked Brian to run for DPVA chair without even consulting county and city chairs across the state. Webb of all people should have stayed neutral, given the obvious facts that Terry is certainly running for governor in 2013 and no one would believe that Brian would have any credibility if he claims that he no longer stands by the negative b.s. he out out against Terry in the Dem. primary.

      I don’t really care if a Va. legal technicality would allow Brian to be DPVA chair, it’s still very unethical and if Brian won’t state that he would resign his job with the “shady” organization if elected chair, that should disqualify him in the minds of the large majority of Central Committee voting members.

      So my request is that one of you BV bloggers ask Donald to throw his hat in the ring. I really think Brian would withdraw if he knew that Donald would accept the nomination, if for no other reason just to avoid the embarrassment of a landslide loss. But even more importantly, I think Brian might well accept that Donald would be a great chair.


    • Tom

      Anyone you know of in the Hampton Roads area who might be interested ?

    • VADEM

      someone explain to me how this works? Is the head of the DPVA appointed by someone or is there an election to actually vote them in? Is it a paid job?