Jim Moran’s son pleads guilty to assaulting girlfriend

Not a great year for Patrick Moran, son of Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.). First the younger Moran was caught giving advice on how to commit voter fraud while running his father's field operation. And now he's pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend outside a bar in Columbia Heights.

Moran was initially charged with assault with significant bodily injury, a felony. The woman was bleeding “heavily” from her nose; according to court records; her nose and right eye were “extremely” swollen. The woman was taken to a hospital, and a paramedic told police her nose appeared swollen and her right eye socket was fractured.

"They are both very embarrassed by the situation, which involved drinking, and they are looking to move past it, and ask for their privacy to be respected,” a spokesman for the congressman said.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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