2012 ELECTION

Patrick Moran resigns from Jim Moran's campaign

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP/ABC7) - The son of Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., has resigned from his father's campaign after a conservative group released an undercover video in which he discussed a plan to cast fraudulent ballots.

Patrick Moran, who had been a field director for the campaign, released a brief resignation statement Wednesday.

The resignation came hours after Project Veritas, an organization led by activist James O'Keefe, released a video showing 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 undercover volunteer to "look into it."

Patrick Moran released this statement Tuesday night:

"In reference to the "O'Keefe" video, at no point have I, or will I ever endorse any sort of illegal or unethical behavior. At no point did I take this person seriously. He struck me as crazy. I thought he was joking, for only that reason did I humor him.

 In retrospect, I should just walked away, making it clear that there is no place in the electoral process for even the suggestion of illegal behavior, joking or not.

 In regards to my position on the campaign, I have stepped down because I do not want to be a distraction during this year's critical election."

Jim Moran's campaign office released a statement, saying: "Patrick is well liked and was a well-respected member of the campaign team. This incident, however, was clearly an error in judgment. The campaign has accepted Patrick's resignation, effective immediately."

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