“The party had to do something, because we were being embarrassed by our inaction,” says a House leadership staffer. “I’ll give the Republicans credit, there was a bigger furor about Trent Lott’s comments, but they also moved fairly quickly to oust the guy. We wouldn’t have the nerve to do that.”
And Democrats confirmed that analysis by essentially letting Moran pick his own punishment.
According the leadership staffer, Pelosi and Moran spoke by phone and the leader asked Moran to come up with his own punishment. Some Democratic members, likely seeing an opportunity to fill the void, suggested to Pelosi that she strip Moran of at least one of his two senior committee seats — Appropriations and Budget. But Pelosi left it to Moran to make the call.
He, in turn, chose to surrender his “leadership” position. Moran, it turns out was a “regional whip” — one of 24 Democrats who monitored a regional district. In Moran’s case that was the Mid-Atlantic. He’d held the position for three years.
“He didn’t care about it to begin with,” says a Democratic congressman. “That he and Pelosi would somehow make this appear to be punishment is surprising. She’s embarrassing herself by failing to lead, and he’s embarrassing our caucus. While I hate to see us lose a longstanding member, I hope this doesn’t go away. He’s just going to do something boneheaded again. It’s inevitable.”
According to the leadership staffer, discussion of Moran giving up a committee assignment never occurred. Nor was any floor punishment, such as censure, ever discussed.
“The Republicans will continue to use him and his comments for fundraising and for political gain,” says the Democratic House member. “Just like we’ll use Lott for ours.”
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