Arresting Silence

Dec 30, 2012

On December 1, 2012, Rep. James Moran's son, Patrick, left a Washington D.C. bar with his girlfriend of six months. She complained that he was talking to another woman in the bar. Two sworn officers, one of the D.C. Police and one from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration observed, and then submitted an arrest report stating they saw Patrick "grab a white female by the back of her head with his hand and slam her head into the metal trash can cage in front of the nightclub 'The Getaway'."As you can imagine, this caused some physical damage to his then girlfriend. The report goes on to state, the young lady was "bleeding heavily from her nose and also observed that her nose and right eye were extremely swollen."
This was an awful crime that is all too common. I'm sure justice was impartial and the U.S. Government (this was in D.C.) threw the book at the young man, who had just the month before successfully worked as the field director of his father's campaign. Well, it might have been the Cliff Notes version of the book. Actually, it was more like a .pdf printout of a one-page summary of the idea of justice. The link from the story
If you're in a hurry and don't like links, the second paragraph of that story reads: "Moran was also ordered to pay a $50 fine, enter a domestic violence program and complete 50 hours of community service."
It wasn't Rep. Moran that did this awful thing. It was his son and employee. What we as Democrats should be appalled by is his statement. He called his son and his son's girlfriend “good kids” in a statement to Washington City Paper about the assault charge. “I hope their privacy will be respected,” he said. “They look forward to putting this embarrassing situation behind them.”
Then the Congressman's office released the young lady's statement, which will sound very familiar to those that have researched domestic violence. She created an absurd defense of her abuser. According to the Washington City Paper:
"In an email statement released his girlfriend and forwarded by Moran's office this afternoon, she blamed her injuries from her head hitting a trashcan not on her boyfriend, but on a broken high heel. "Pat and I were arguing, one of my high heels gave out, and I fell into the side of a trashcan," Moran's office quotes her saying.'On impact, I fractured my nose.' She calls the police report that says a police officer saw Moran slam her head into a trashcan outside Columbia Heights bar The Getaway 'inaccurate.'"
One Halloween I dressed in drag and attempted 3" high heels. They were very difficult to stand in. I wobbled and I was sober. However, I wobbled sideways and I bet it's very hard to fall forward in them. Rep. Moran is responsible for the statement calling them "good kids" was the Congressman's, His office furthered the spin by releasing her email of denial.
Were there an (R) after Rep. James Moran's title, we would be hearing a flood of outrage. We should hear one now. Two officers witnessed this assault. Are they perjurers? At the very least, the Democratic Party should be calling Rep. Moran into a meeting and educate him as to the dangers of allowing an attitude of "kids will be kids" when there's domestic abuse. At the very least Nancy Pelosi should speak about the event and decry it. If there is a Democrat Woman's Congressional Caucus, they should decry it. We decry it.