LIKE FATHER, like son it seems. I learned the back story of all this recently.

Mark and I were sitting at the bar, where we always sit, in one of our favorite upscale Old Town Alexandria restaurants The Wharf. Well into dinner, after cocktails, the professional woman sitting next to me asked to no one in particular, after a conversation that veered into politics, When is Alexandria going to stop electing the [alleged] wife beater? The couple we were chatting with, both of whom had serious credentials, didn’t come by their information by simply reading the papers either, at least according to their story.

The alleged wife beater in question is Congressman Jim Moran, who as of January 2013 will be my representative in the Virginia Beltway region of Alexandria. As the story goes, Moran got out of the allegations, because his wife refused to testify against him, choosing to divorce him instead.

So, you can imagine that the news today about his son Patrick Moran, the same cretin who was caught on tape talking about committing voter fraud, didn’t come as a surprise to me. That Jim Moran’s son evidently has the same penchant to smack around women as his father allegedly does, a man who got away with what is considered common knowledge where I now live, is the way of political power.

From Washington City Paper:

Moran and his girlfriend were fighting outside 14th Street bar The Getaway around 1:23 a.m. on Dec. 1, according to a police report, over Moran talking to another woman at the bar. Suddenly, Moran allegedly slammed his girlfriend’s head into the bar’s metal trash can cage.

After the attack, police described Moran’s girlfriend as “bleeding heavily from her nose and also observed that her nose and right eye were extremely swollen.” One of the ambulance technicians who transported her to Howard University Hospital told police that Moran appeared to have broken her nose and given her a skull fracture under her right eye.

The officer at the scene filed a report that’s online to read.

Rep. Jim Moran gave a statement to Washington City Paper, saying that his son and girlfriend are “good kids.” Well, one of them may be, but there is absolutely no evidence that Patrick Moran is. Then daddy Moran unloaded the most sanctimonious malarkey ever uttered from a man with his own suspect past: “I hope their privacy will be respected. They look forward to putting this embarrassing situation behind them.”

Looks to me like the Moran men have their own private war on women going on.

Democrats can’t find someone better than Jim Moran to represent this Virginia district in Congress?