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Republican Candidate Challenges Jim 'Worst Congressman' Moran

Is retired colonel Patrick Murray a dark horse or a Republican sacrificial lamb?

4:28 PM, Sep 29, 2010 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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One prominent Republican guest last night at the fundraiser, former Minnesota senator Norm Coleman, called Moran’s views on Israel and the Jewish community “offensive.” “Democrats should be offended by Jim Moran,” Coleman said during last night's event. “His values are not their values.”

The district deserves “quality, principled, strong leadership” in its representative, Coleman said as he made his case for Murray. And he likened the task of electing Patrick Murray to what the 1980 U.S. national hockey team faced when it played the “unbeatable” Soviet team.

Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, who also spoke at last night's event, went after Moran personally, calling the congressman “the very face of arrogance in power.”

But Bolton also hit a positive note: “There are no safe incumbents ... [Moran] was the very candidate elections were made for, so he can be defeated.”

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