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Jim Moran Politicizes Virginia Tech Shooting- rats remain as classless as ever...
[QUOTE][B]Jim Moran Politicizes Virginia Tech Shooting- Suggests Republicans are to blame[/B]
Less than 24 hours after the deadliest shooting spree in U.S. history, liberal Rep. Jim Moran took to the airwaves to launch a political attack against President Bush, congressional Republicans and the National Rifle Association.
Appearing on the "Jack Diamond Morning Show" on 107.3 FM in Northern Virginia, Moran suggested Republicans were to blame for Monday's tragedy at Virginia Tech, which left 33 dead and injured another 30. The anti-gun congressman said Republican policies made it easy for the shooter to obtain a gun.
When the show's host tried to suggest that the gunman may have been hellbent on killing regardless of the law, Moran turned the conversation back to the GOP, complaining that the United States needs a national registry to track all firearms purchases and more stringent gun-control laws. Moran then blamed Bush and Republicans in Congress for opposing such measures at the behest of the NRA.
When I called Moran's press secretary, Austin Durrer, this morning to get an explanation, I was told Durrer wasn't available. If you'd like to call, the office number is (202) 225-4376. I've also put in a request with the "Jack Diamond Morning Show" to get the audio of the conversation. (I was driving when the interview took place.)
Moran has a history of making politically charged comments that have landed him in hot water. In 2003, he said Jews were responsible for pushing the U.S. to war with Iraq. He later apologized, but not before an uproar in the Jewish community.
UPDATE -- 9:27 p.m.: David Mark at the Politico interviewed Moran, who reiterated his comments about gun control. "As long as we give the NRA such a free ride," Moran told the Politico, "we will continue to have such tragedies time and time again."
[QUOTE=Come Back to NY]I'm [B]more concerned with the inability to racially profile people on flights or check their bags entering subways [/B] because we may infringe on their civil liberties..[/QUOTE]
So now we can add every Asian Male to the list too huh?
The same Jim Moran who said "If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this. The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going, and I think they should."
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[QUOTE=HDCentStOhio]The same Jim Moran who said "If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this. The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going, and I think they should."[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE][B]Moran Said Jews Are Pushing War
Apology Denies Anti-Semitism[/B]
By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 11, 2003; Page A01
Jewish organizations condemned Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) yesterday for delivering what they said were anti-Semitic remarks at an antiwar forum in Reston, where he suggested that American Jews are responsible for pushing the country to war with Iraq and that Jewish leaders could prevent war if they wanted to.
At the forum, attended by about 120 people at St. Anne's Episcopal Church on March 3, Moran discussed why he thought antiwar sentiment was not more effective in the United States.
"If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this," Moran said in comments first reported by the Reston Connection and not disputed by Moran. "The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going, and I think they should."
Moran, a seven-term incumbent representing Alexandria, Arlington County and part of Fairfax County, yesterday apologized in a statement, saying, "I made some insensitive remarks that I deeply regret.
"I should not have singled out the Jewish community and regret giving any impression that its members are somehow responsible for the course of action being pursued by the Administration, or are somehow behind an impending war," Moran said, elaborating on an apology issued Friday to Jewish news organizations and rabbis that was distributed more widely yesterday.
Moran said he was trying to make a larger point that "if more organizations in this country, including religious groups, were more outspoken against a war, then I do not think we would be pursuing war as an option." He said he framed his answer the way he did because his questioner identified herself as Jewish, and "I regret doing that."
The dispute became the latest in a string of political controversies surrounding Moran, 57, a former mayor of Alexandria. Previously, he has acknowledged poor judgment in handling his personal financial problems. He also has been the target of ethics complaints for accepting loans from parties with business before him in Congress.
In recent years, Moran's relations with pro-Israel organizations and U.S. Jewish leaders have deteriorated. The groups cite his 1991 vote against foreign aid to Israel, rhetorical support for the Palestinian cause, statements on Israeli history and leadership, and acceptance of campaign cash from individuals sympathetic to the terrorist organization Hamas or under investigation for possible links to terrorists. He later sent back those contributions.
"When Moran realized just how outrageous his remarks were, he attempted to backpedal, saying he didn't mean what he clearly said," said Sophie R. Hoffman, president of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington, which represents 210 organizations. "This time it just won't work."
Hoffman's spokesman called Moran's statement "reprehensible and anti-Semitic," and David Bernstein, spokesman for the American Jewish Committee, said it was "anti-Semitic in effect if not in intent." Leaders of the Anti-Defamation League, a civil rights organization, and the National Jewish Democratic Council, an unofficial arm of national party activists, also criticized the remarks.
Rabbi Jack Moline of Alexandria, one of six rabbis who called yesterday for Moran's resignation, said the congressman repeated "the most scandalous rhetoric of the last century" by singling out Jewish influence and scapegoating Jews as controlling international events.
"Such remarks about any minority group in America, whether African-Americans, Hispanics, Muslims or others, are beyond inappropriate in the rhetoric of a member of Congress," Moline wrote.
A January poll commissioned by the American Jewish Committee found that 59 percent of American Jews supported war against Iraq, a percentage not appreciably different from that of Americans generally.
Reports of Moran's comments and his apology drew a variety of responses among political leaders and observers of U.S. policy in the Middle East.
Virginia Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax), who is Jewish, said: "Was it tremendously insensitive? Yes. Is [Moran] an anti-Semite? No. I've known this guy since 1979, and he's not an anti-Semite."
Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington who opposes U.S. policy toward Iraq and Israeli settlements, said Moran's comments were wrong but not necessarily anti-Semitic. Bush administration officials who advocate strengthening Israel's "power in the region as a surrogate for U.S. interests" are driving U.S. policy, Bennis said, not American Jews.
However, "the claim that this is anti-Semitic is just a canard that is designed to undermine the antiwar movement," said Bennis, who is Jewish. "Acknowledging that the Jewish community is one of several influential communities in the U.S. is not anti-Semitic."
Kevin Hall, a spokesman for Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner (D), said Warner "believes the congressman's remarks were offensive, and the governor is pleased to hear the congressman has now offered a public apology."
Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Lawrence Framme said, "Jim has apologized profusely, and I believe his future conduct will reflect that apology."
Katherine K. Hanley (D), chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, called Moran's remarks "indefensible." State Sen. Janet D. Howell (D-Fairfax), an 11-year incumbent from Reston, said they were inexcusable and intolerable.
"For the congressman to scapegoat and blame the Jewish community for the impending war is intolerable. Whether we support or oppose the war, we must respect all religious communities," Howell said. "There is no question that responsible Democratic leaders should distance themselves from him."
In an interview yesterday, Moran said: "I know in my heart that I am anything but anti-Semitic."
Moran added that his daughter Mary Elise is marrying a Jewish man and converting to Judaism, along with her 9-year-old son.
"Nobody could berate me more than I do when I see my words in print compared to what I intended to say," he said.
notice he doesn't even say Israel but Jewish community.....