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Jim Moran Returning to Del Ray

Longtime Virginia congressman moving back to the same Alexandria neighborhood where he launched his political career more than 30 years ago.

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) is returning to live in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, the same community where he launched his political career more than 30 years ago.

“It’s about coming home,” said Moran, who announced he was moving to Del Ray at Monday’s Del Ray Business Association luncheon. “I’ve always appreciated the way the community embraced me as a single father and supported me when I first ran for council in 1979 coming out of the Del Ray Citizens Association.”

Moran, who served as mayor of Alexandria from 1985 to 1990, is currently living in Arlington County’s Shirlington neighborhood. The 12-term congressman said his son, Patrick, recently moved out of the apartment, leaving Moran on his own.

“I don’t need a two-bedroom apartment anymore and I’d rather be part of a community,” Moran said. “I also need space for all my books. I have about 10,000 of them. I’ve had to place a lot of them in storage. … I suppose there are worse compulsions.”

In the late 1970s, Moran purchased a house in Del Ray in the 200 block of E. Oxford Avenue for $32,000, he said. The same home sold for $775,000 earlier this year, according to Alexandria real estate records.  

Moran said 17 banks refused to grant him a loan to purchase his first Del Ray home more than three decades ago. At the time, the neighborhood was redlined.

"Banks wouldn’t lend to a white person who wanted to live in Del Ray. I notified the Department of Justice, who contacted every bank and told them their lending practices were going to be monitored,” Moran said. “It has changed from a neighborhood that was shunned, very much considered to be on the other side of the tracks from the people in Old Town, to one that is tony and very much a place to raise a family.”

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McBrinn April 18, 2013 at 01:15 AM
"roughed him up"? You mean, escorted him to the principal's office. Reggie, are you from the same projects the 8 year old is?
Leslie Hagan April 18, 2013 at 01:42 AM
Judging from the comments section of the last week or so, I would have to say that many of Del Ray's current residents are certainly different than the people I knew when I moved here in June of 1976. It is scary.
Libbie Tener April 18, 2013 at 10:41 AM
Del Ray in 1976 tolerated wife beating and child abuse? Now's that's scary.
Libbie Tener April 18, 2013 at 10:43 AM
"Reggie, are you from the same projects the 8 year old is?" So, Moran supporters/apologists aren't even bothering to hide their racism behind code words any more? But at least the 8-year old only got assaulted by Moran once. Look how Moran warped his son's sense of ethics, to not only believe that beating his girlfriend but voting fraud is OK. Which leads to the question - if dad and son have gone their separate ways, who finally had enough of who?
Marcus Auerlius April 18, 2013 at 11:44 AM
He didn't "escort" the child. "He choked me and then cussed at me," the 4-foot-7, 85-pound boy said" (according to a news clipping reposted at http://hench.net/z041100d.htm).
McBrinn April 18, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Excuse me Libbie? It's racist to ask if Moran's accusers are from the same neighborhood? That's pretty ironic considering you freely lump his supporters into one broad group. And who cares about cussing at a kid who just attempted to steal your car? Not me or anyone else I'm friends with. I wonder what that fine young man is up to today? He'd be about 22, right? I wonder whether he's finising college... or serving time in prison.
McBrinn April 18, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Marcus, nice try only posting inflammatory portions. Why didn't you link to the portion where the kid claimed to have a gun? Or the part where he told Moran he's "kill" him if he didn't "hand over the keys."? Here's the whole story for those unaware: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2000/apr/12/20000412-011101-3639r/
Lewis April 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Leslie - at a bare minimum, Cong. Moran has been involved in a number of domestic disputes that required police intervention. Perhaps not coincidentally, he's raised a son that is a convicted woman-beater. He's made anti semitic comments, taken sweetheart loans from a lobbyist and a credit card company, both with business before congress, and had an altercation with an 8 year old kid (who was from the projects - as McBrinn pointed out for some odd reason). All of these things are apparently OK with you. But pointing them out on the Patch is "scary"???? You might want to pick a better catalyst for your "shame on you" schtick.
Leslie Hagan April 18, 2013 at 01:02 PM
No, Ms. Tener, the residents in 1976 didn't make unsubstantiated comments about people nor did they insult them. If you please reread my initial comment,you will notice that I was speaking of a general trend, not specifically. And, by the way, people back then actively opposed child abuse and such but were careful to report it to the proper authorities rather than blasting it across public media without any idea if it were true or not. What seems to be happening now that we have social media in the form of the Patch, people seem to be using it to take pot shots at people they dislike for some reason or another. I am very, very, uncomfortable with that and it gives a bad air to the whole Del Ray area. Some of the remarks that have appeared in the Patch over the last year have had little to do with the story at hand but rather have focused on other people's comments, and maligning the subject of the stories. This is not useful civic dialogue which is, I believe, something the Patch waste trying to achieve.
Lewis April 18, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Leslie - I'd agree with you that comments about Cong. Moran's personal life would be out of place, if this was an article about legislation he was sponsoring, his stance on an issue, or some other official business. But this is an article about him moving back to Del Ray. Should we be debating whether he needs a 10 foot truck or a 14 footer? I would be willing to be that people discussed the foibles of incoming neighbors, both documented and rumored, as far back in history as 1976, and even when the new neighbor wasn't a public figure, as Mr. Moran is. As for the practice of focusing on other people's comments, what, precisely, do you think YOU just did? And do in the majority of your comments? At least other some other people go to the effort to inject facts, logic, or a little bit of ha-ha into the discussion. With you, it's just self-righteous scolding 24/7.
Leslie Hagan April 18, 2013 at 03:52 PM
CCB, Thank you. Your comment proved my point better than I could have possibly done myself. Hope everyone has a good weekend. I think we all need it after the week that has just been.
Lewis April 18, 2013 at 04:25 PM
And yours proves mine. No coherent argument. No refutation of anything I've said. Just the usual "I'm above all this" act.
Paul Gil April 18, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Do you guys know the number of Alexandria Pest Services?? We might have a rat infestation in Del Ray soon...
Frank Herbertson April 18, 2013 at 06:01 PM
And your point appears to be that in 1976 Del Ray tolerated wife beaters, since Moran's behavior is a matter of public record, and you seem to be criticizing those who today wouldn't want someone like that living nearby.
LongTimeListener April 18, 2013 at 06:15 PM
No one who throws out the word "projects" is simply asking about a poster's identity. It's well known to be a pejorative/loaded word. And no one has the right- no matter how badly behaved a child is - to put them in a choke hold. Moran isn't a victim. He's s serial victimizer - and his promised (threatened?) return is unwelcome.
Leslie Hagan April 19, 2013 at 12:56 AM
I went on Google to check out the "well documented" reports on Moran's allegedwifebeating. I admit to only going through the first three pages of sources before my eyes glazed over. Wow, what sources. Right up there with your basic supermarket tabloids. I did not see anything remotely resembling a reliable source. I noticed that one commenter did indeed offer a source that seemed to be ignored. "Public record" indeed. I would think that everyone would want to be above this sort of "sources".
Mr. Brown April 19, 2013 at 01:04 AM
I don't mind that the Congressman and I disagree on politics. I fault him for representing us so badly and ineffectively. He's got a bullet proof following of that he's been pandering to for years, which is also FINE. That's the way of things. So, why doesn't he accomplish more in Congress since he never really has to worry about re-election? Why does he and his machine have to be so obviously unprofessional?
Susan April 19, 2013 at 01:32 AM
I did some sleuthing too, Leslie. If Jamahl Michael Green is the same Michael Green that Moran supposedly assaulted, he was recently released from prison after serving his sentence for- get this- armed robbery. Pretty interesting if you ask me.
Lewis April 19, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Great - now that you've discovered internet research, do you care to take issue with any of the claims I've made?
Susan April 19, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Caleb (or troll, whatever you prefer) will you admit that the 'boy' in 96 is now the man who served a sentence in prison for armed robbery?
Lewis April 19, 2013 at 01:45 AM
interesting study on domestic violence, from some outfit called "Princeton" http://www.princeton.edu/futureofchildren/publications/journals/article/index.xml?journalid=47&articleid=228&sectionid=1495
Susan April 19, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Still waiting Caleb....
Lewis April 19, 2013 at 02:08 AM
I really don't care one way or another. If you could time travel, would it be OK to go back and slap around an 8 year old Charles Manson?
McBrinn April 19, 2013 at 10:51 AM
I believe the issue Susan was making is that the boy most likely lied, He's proven his ability to commit armed robbery. Therefore, Moran's claims that he didn't "slap" or "choke" the boy are valid. But to answer your odd analogy, yes, I do believe it would be OK to slap an 8 year old Manson.
Mr. Brown April 19, 2013 at 12:07 PM
I think we can also agree that Moran has proven his ability to be terrible at his job.
Harold Ferguson April 19, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Which might be how Mansin learned that violence is OK. Just like the kid Moran choked might have been set down a dark path by a supposedly honorable adult facing no consequences. Assaulting children is wrong, period. Beating your wife is wrong, period. Moran is bad news, period.
McBrinn April 19, 2013 at 04:40 PM
You're attributing an armed robbery in Montana to a single momentary interaction between two individuals 15 years earlier in Virginia? Is that right?
Lewis April 19, 2013 at 08:03 PM
I just clinked on the link and read it, including this nugget: ""I saw Congressman Moran carrying a black male in a choke hold" said Kelly Cheeks, a parent who was at the Center when Mr. Moran walked in." Choke hold??? I guess you can't be too careful with an 8 year old who might commit crimes 10 years later. And maybe McBrinn was on hand and informed the congressman that the 85 lb. child was "from the projects", since that is apparently super-relevant.
Leslie Hagan April 20, 2013 at 02:59 AM
CCB- in answer to your question, I do indeed refute your charges. You failed to produce a single reliable source to back up the two stories. Nor, for that matter did any of your cohorts.
Ben Clay April 20, 2013 at 11:43 AM
You're claiming that because Jim Moran his "Minority Report" style telepathic powers that told him an 8-year child would become a criminal when he grew up, Moran was justified in engaging in a freelance "Scared Straight" program and choking the child? Is that right? Moran is a thug who somehow convinces local liberals to sell out their beliefs to keep him in office. But there's no chance of a Republican (at least, those that get nominated by the local decrepit party) being elected, so why not tell him to take a hike and replace him with a Congess(wo)man whose interest in women and minorities isn't limited to wrapping his hands around their necks?

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