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Patrick Moran, the son of Democratic Virginia Rep. Jim Moran, is having a bad year. First, undercover video operative James O’Keefe caught him on tape half-heartedly discussing how to commit voter fraud…while acting as the field director for his dad’s campaign. Now Moran’s taken a more criminal turn, pleading guilty earlier today to beating up his girlfriend outside a Columbia Heights bar.
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.
Moran was arrested for felony domestic violence assault, but pleaded the charge down to simple assault today. He was sentenced to probation.
In a statement to Washington City Paper, Rep. Moran described his son and his girlfriend as “good kids.”
“I hope their privacy will be respected,” the congressman said. “They look forward to putting this embarrassing situation behind them.”
Update, 4:30 p.m.: Rep. Moran says his son’s incident was an accident, and Patrick Moran’s girlfriend blames her injuries on a broken high heel.
Read the police report on Moran’s case here: