Patrick Moran, son and former campaign manager of Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) has pled guilty to beating up his girlfriend outside of a bar in the Columbia Heights area of Washington, DC. According to the Washington City Paper, Patrick Moran entered the guilty plea as part of a deal to have his charges reduced from felony domestic violence assault to simple assault, thereby avoiding jail time and receiving only probation.

On Dec. 1, Moran and his girlfriend were seen arguing outside a bar called The Getaway at about 1:23 a.m. about a woman with whom Moran was allegedly flirting. According to the police report about the attack (.pdf), Moran grabbed the woman "by the back of her head with his hand" and slammed her face into the metal cage around a trash can.

Police arrived and found the woman "bleeding heavily from her nose and also observed that her nose and right eye were extremely swollen." An ambulance technician who assisted her on the ride to the hospital told police it looked as if her nose and eye socket were both broken.

Rep. Moran released a statement to the Washington City Paper that said both Patrick Moran and the woman he allegedly assaulted are "good kids."

"I hope their privacy will be respected," he said. "They look forward to putting this embarrassing situation behind them.”

Patrick Moran came to national attention earlier this year when a right-wing operative videotaped him discussing methods of voter fraud. Moran was a field manager for his father's campaign at the time. He resigned immediately when the covertly-filmed video leaked to the public.

Rep. Moran has his own track record of violence. In June of 1999, he was arrested for assaulting his wife. Charges were dropped when Mary Moran refused to testify against her husband and declined to press charges in the assault.

In 1995, Rep. Moran reportedly shoved fellow Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA) in the House of Representatives cloakroom. In 2000, he was accused of attacking an 8-year-old African-American boy who Moran claimed was trying to "carjack" him.

And, at a speech in Reston, Virginia in 2003, the congressman blamed "the Jewish community" for getting the U.S. into the War in Iraq. He later apologized for the remarks.

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