UPDATE: Patrick Moran has resigned from his position with his father’s re-election campaign.
Conservative activist James O’Keefe released a new undercover video Wednesday apparently showing a Democratic congressman’s son giving advice on how to commit voter fraud.
In the video, a man identified as Patrick Moran, son of Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and the field director for his re-election campaign, is asked by an undercover operative how best to vote in the names of 100 inactive voters he has on a list.
“There are 100 people who don’t vote,” the male videographer says in the footage, said to have been recorded in Arlington, Va. on Oct. 8. “He’s got a van and he and me were going to go around –”
“Rally these people up and get them to the polls?” Moran asks.
“Well, he was actually going to get in a van and vote for them,” the videographer says.
“Oh,” Moran says with a long pause. “Hmm. Hmm.”
Later in the conversation, Moran advises that in order to vote in someone else’s name you would need a document with their name and address and mentions faking a utility bill.
“He’ll need something with a name and their address on it,” Moran says. “There will be a lot of voter protections so if they just have, they’ll just need a utility bill or a bank statement — bank statement would obviously be tough — but they can fake a utility bill with ease, you know?”
Still sounding hesitant about the idea, Moran tells the videographer it would probably just be better to devote his energy to regular get out the vote efforts.
“I feel like all the energy that you’re going to be putting into this this, I think it would be much better suited finding out with the uh, with just the in place GOTV [get out the vote] stuff,” Moran says. “That energy that you’d be putting in and trying to like ensure that it went through without a hitch and the risk to your name, I feel like plug it in and going to some like under performing districts.”
When the videographer produces what he says is a bag of names and addresses of inactive voters, Moran says that in order to vote for them he’d need a forged utility bill.
“It has to be a utility bill or something like that,” Moran says. “So you have to forge it.”
Moran also says there will be lawyers from the Obama campaign and others volunteering at the polls to protect voters who could help if the videographer’s credentials are questioned.
“You’ll have somebody in house that if they feel that what you have is legitimate they’ll argue for you,” Moran says. “But it’s got to look good.”
He later suggests the videographer call the people to ensure they don’t plan on voting themselves and suggests posing as a pollster.
“You can even just call and be like a pollster,” Moran says. “Do you guys plan on voting, you know, November 6? And then go on from there, and then depending on their answer just, if they say yes just go through and find out if they’re Dems or what.”
Rep. Moran spokeswoman Anne Hughes did not immediately return a phone call or emailed request for comment from TheBlaze.
A voice message left at the Moran for Congress office was not immediately returned, nor was an email sent to Patrick Moran.
Update: Moran resigned from his position as campaign field director late Wednesday afternoon.
“Effective immediately, I have resigned from the Moran for Congress campaign,” Moran said in an email from his campaign account, according to Talking Points Memo.
Moran did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment from TheBlaze.
Update II: In a statement to the Associated Press Wednesday night, Moran said that “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 being unstable and joking, and for only that reason did I humor him. In hindsight, I should have immediately walked away, making it clear that there is no place in the electoral process for even the suggestion of illegal behavior, joking or not,” he said.