- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 25, 2012

Arlington County police have begun a criminal investigation into “election offense allegations” involving Rep. James P. Moran Jr.’s congressional re-election campaign after video surfaced this week that appeared to depict his son Patrick Moran giving advice on how to commit voter fraud.

The police department was in the early stages of the investigation and was unable to discuss details, but a spokesman confirmed the investigation spawned from the video.

“It’s literally not even been an hour,” Arlington County police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said Thursday afternoon of the investigation. “We will start out with the video producers and then from there do a thorough investigation.”

Once the police department’s investigation is complete, Mr. Sternbeck said the case would be turned over the commonwealth’s attorney for possible prosecution.

Project Veritas, a group headed by conservative activist James O’Keefe, circulated the video Wednesday. Patrick Moran, who had been serving as his father’s field director, issued a curt statement late Wednesday afternoon resigning from the campaign.

The videotape depicting the incident showed an Oct. 8 timestamp and began at a Cosi in Arlington.

The cameraman, who seems to be clearly worried about Mitt Romney being elected, indicates that he and a friend want to cast ballots for 100 people who are unlikely to show up at the polls.

Mr. Moran replies, adding that he thought the cameraman might be better served just working through a regular get-out-the-vote effort.

Later in the video, Mr. Moran offers the suggestion to call the people first to make sure they haven’t already voted early, and potentially pose as a pollster to find out if they plan on voting.

“I respect your initiative,” Mr. Moran says later.

Mr. Moran’s father, Rep. James P. Moran, is an 11-term incumbent running against Republican and Army veteran Patrick Murray, who he defeated in 2010.

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