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Jim Moran Recounts Raucous Bipartisan Brawl

Cheers to Matt Laslo for getting retiring Rep. James P. Moran to open up about how incensed pols used to settle their differences in #ThisTown.  

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

During a recent sit-down with “Bills and Brews ," the Northern Virginia Democrat shared his take on what transpired after he and former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif., got into it on the House floor.  

Per Moran, fellow short-timer George Miller, D-Calif., and ex-Reps. David R. Obey, D-Wis., and Robert K. Dornan, R-Calif., all mixed it up in the ensuing scuffle.  

Cunningham, who Moran said suffered a broken hand during the melee, remembered things much differently. "He sucker-punched me," the then-lawmaker told the Los Angeles Times in late 1995.  

No word on whether Cunningham fared any better in the prison yard during his time away.  

Catch the whole harrowing tale — as well as Moran’s valedictory address on party politics and D.C. schools — here .  

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