Northern Virginia Democrats on Thursday rallied around retiring Rep. James P. Moran at the sold-out 21st Annual Kennedy-King Dinner , a political fundraiser focused on feting progressive leaders and civil rights champs.
Rep. Gerald E. Connolly took the opportunity to commemorate his long-serving colleague by presenting Moran with a flowery tribute destined to be woven into the fabric of the Congressional Record during the post-election lame-duck session.
"It is impossible to crystalize the entirety and the enormous impact of Jim Moran’s political career on our lives here in Northern Virginia … and on our nation," Connolly reportedly assured the crowd huddled together at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.
Per an attendee, House hopeful and Moran’s presumed replacement , Don Beyer, paid tribute not only to his predecessor, but also heaved rhetorical laurels at one-time Moran aide and renowned Democrat strategist , the late Mame Reiley.
"I have just been blessed to be able to represent the people of the 8th District for 24 years," Moran told the assembled well-wishers.
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