Moran Becomes 6th Democrat to Retire from House

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Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 02:02 PM

By Melissa Clyne

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Veteran Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia is retiring. He’s the sixth Democrat this month to make such an announcement.

Moran, 68, joins fellow Democrats Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, Jim Matheson of Utah, Carolyn McCarthy and Bill Owens, both of New York, and California’s George Miller, a 40-year member of Congress, all of whom are leaving at the end of the 113th Congress.

Nine Republicans have also announced plans to retire, The New York Times reports.

Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, told the Times that Obamacare will haunt Democrats in 2014, even those who didn’t support it, such as McIntyre and Matheson.

“When these two (McIntyre and Matheson) throw in the towel, you have to wonder who is next, especially among those Democrats in similar districts who backed Obamacare and other reckless policies,” Walden said.

Moran, 68, is a 12-term representative, best known as an outspoken critic of the Iraq War, a vocal member of the House Appropriations Committee and a "combative congressman who once got into a shoving match with a GOP lawmaker," according to USA Today.

He said he was leaving public life "because it’s time to close this chapter of my life," The Washington Post reported.

Moran's decision surprised many in his party because he easily won reelection in his Northern Virginia district last year, despite a controversy-filled career.

The congressman, for example, has been scrutinized in the past for personal loans, one in 1999 from a drug company lobbyist and another three years later from America Online’s co-founder, according to the Post, which also reported that Moran "received favorable terms on a home-refinancing package from MBNA, even as he backed a bankruptcy reform bill supported by the credit card industry."

He was never charged, however, with any kind of wrongdoing.

The Post also noted that in 2003, Moran angered the Jewish community when he told attendees at an anti-war forum that the United States would not be engaged in the Iraq War if Jewish leaders did not strongly support it.

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