Arlington GOP Chairman Hokanson Calls on Rep. Moran to Resign in NPR Interview on Son’s Voter Fraud Scandal
In a radio interview recorded for this afternoon’s [Oct. 25] National Public Radio “All Things Considered” broadcast, Charles Hokanson, Chairman of the Arlington County Republican Committee, commented on the controversial video released yesterday by Project Veritas. The video shows an independent journalist discussing how to avoid Virginia’s new anti-voter fraud law with Patrick Moran, son of Rep. Jim Moran, in the offices of the Arlington County Democratic Committee.
In the video, Patrick Moran appears to advise and even encourage a man posing as a Democratic activist on the best ways to avoid detection when committing voter fraud under Virginia’s election laws. Moran continues by saying that if the forged documents look legitimate, the various Democratic committees would have lawyers available to litigate the matter. Until he resigned yesterday afternoon, following the release of the video, Patrick Moran worked as the paid field director of Rep. Moran’s congressional re-election campaign.
The video can be viewed at this web address. The first eight minutes are edited for length, followed by the entire video unedited.
The edited NPR interview of Chairman Hokanson will be broadcast at 4:30 pm today and eventually be available at http://www.npr.org/programs/all-things-considered.
In the NPR interview, Chairman Hokanson endorsed a full investigation by the State Board of Elections, as well as by the local Commonwealth's Attorney, whose office would be most likely to file specific state Election Code violation charges. Hokanson also called on Rep. Moran to resign immediately, noting that during his 22-year tenure as a Congressman, his personal and professional lives and his campaigns have been consistently marred with scandals and ethical lapses.
Chairman Hokanson offers the following comments on the potential voter fraud scandal:
“Speaking as a citizen and voter, every Arlingtonian should be concerned about
attempts to destroy the integrity of the democratic process and to steal elections by illegal and unethical behavior.”
“Reflecting on the broader implications of this potential voter fraud scandal, this really should be the scandal that finally crosses the line, even for Jim Moran, so that he should resign from Congress and leave public office immediately.”
“The people of Arlington--Republicans, Democrats, and Independents--will not tolerate potential voter fraud, and we demand of all our officials that they preserve the full integrity of our voting process, which has been held to a very high standard in this county. This is not our way. It’s time for Jim Moran to go—by resignation in disgrace, or by voter indignation at the voting booth on November 6.”