A Moranic career: Rep. Jim Moran’s violent political life

When Moran isn’t engaging in violence, he is threatening it. During his first campaign for Congress in 1990, after his opponent accused him of being soft on the Gulf War — comparing his position to that of Yasser Arafat and Moammar Gadhafi  — Moran called him a “deceitful, fatuous jerk” and said he wanted to “break his nose.”

In 2000, according to conservative polemicist Michelle Malkin, he reportedly threatened to break Indiana Republican Rep. Dan Burton’s nose as well.

You might say Moran has an anger-management problem. In 2003 he went to his Catholic Church with a candidate for mayor two days before an election. Moran reportedly became so enraged by the priest’s anti-abortion sermon that he confronted a different priest afterward, “screaming and pointing his finger at him,” according to one witness.

“You priests don’t know anything about abortion,” he reportedly yelled.

And in April 2011 at a town hall meeting, Moran flipped his lid at an injured war veteran who challenged him about why Congress was so dysfunctional.


If Moran’s not going off the rails and attacking or threatening to attack someone, he is often found making defamatory charges against people and even entire ethnic communities.

In 2003 he blamed the Iraq War on Jews.

“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. “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.”

Neither President George W. Bush nor Vice President Dick Cheney nor Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is Jewish, nor for that matter was anyone in President Bush’s cabinet at the time the war began. Incidentally, American Jews opposed the Iraq war in a greater proportion than Americans as a whole.

Moran later apologized for his slander, but made a similar statement four years later, substituting the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobby group, for Jews in general.