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Patrick Moran: Arlington Police to investigate fradulent ballot issue

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Arlington Police have launched a criminal probe following release of an undercover video showing the son of Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., discussing a plan to cast fraudulent ballots.

Patrick Moran resigned Wednesday as field director of his father's campaign, hours after Project Veritas, an organization led by conservative activist James O'Keefe, released the video.

It showed an undercover operative pitching a voter-fraud plan to Patrick Moran. The plan called for casting ballots in the name of 100 voters who were registered but rarely voted.

In the video, Patrick Moran expresses doubts about the plan but eventually tells the volunteer to "look into it."

Arlington Police said Thursday they've begun an investigation.

Patrick Moran says he thought the person who approached him was unstable and that he was only humoring him.

Congressman Moran released the following statement Thursday:

I don’t condone the actions of the right wing organization in question, but I recognize that this incident is teaching Patrick a tough lesson early in life. I know that my son's intention was to deflect the line of questioning by this trained political operative bent on goading him into a specific response.

But the fact remains that the conversation drifted into discussions that reflected a serious error in judgment that Patrick wishes he could take back.

In life, if we learn from our mistakes, we move forward stronger, wiser, and committed to ensuring they are not repeated. I know Patrick will come out of this tough situation a better man for it.

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