Jim Moran’s son resigns from campaign after video surfaces

Posted at 11:34 PM, Oct 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-25 07:06:06-04

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR)- While the State Board of Elections was investigating one case of alleged voter fraud, board members got word of another case they’d have to probe.

The son of Democratic congressman Jim Moran is resigning from his father's campaign, according to CBS News, after a video was leaked by a conservative group which says it recorded Patrick Moran talking with an undercover volunteer about a voter-fraud scheme.

“What we're now seeing is a video that is going to go viral,” says CBS 6 political analyst, Dr. Bob Holsworth. He watched the video and says it's not clear if Moran was serious or just joking, but, goes on to say the release of such a video comes at a bad time. “This kind of electoral sting is going to get a lot of attention,” says Holsworth.

It's going to get a lot of attention not just because Virginia is a battleground state, but, because of other cases centered on alleged voter fraud, Holsworth tells CBS 6.

Just last week, Colin Small, who was contracted by the Republican Party to register voters, was arrested, accused of tossing voter registration forms in a Harrisonburg dumpster.

Wednesday, the SBE requested Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli investigate this case and look into other voting irregularities throughout the state. “This is a larger issue that needs to be addressed,” says one board member.

Dr. Holsworth says, with the integrity of voting in question, poll workers will have to be extremely vigilant on Election Day, especially with the voter ID law in place, which allows you to use a bank statement or utility bill for identification. "Some of these forms of ID have the potential to be fraudulently produced,” says Holsworth.

The State Board of Elections tells CBS 6, they will look into Moran’s case. In a statement to CBS News, Jim Moran’s campaign says this situation was clearly an error in judgment.