Patrick Moran writes in an email to the Alley that he has stepped down from his position as field director "because I do not want to be a distraction during this year's critical election." He also writes that "at no point have I, or will I ever endorse any sort of illegal or unethical behavior."
The video, released by conservative activist James O'Keefe, depicts an undercover videographer claiming he wants to commit voter fraud.
"At no point did I take this person seriously. He was acting crazy and it struck me that he was joking, and for only that reason did I humor him," Patrick Moran writes. "In retrospect, I should just walked away, making it clear that there is no place in the electoral process for even the suggestion of illegal behavior, joking or not."
O'Keefe, you may remember, is the same guy behind the series of undercover ACORN videos from 2009 and later, of an NPR fundraiser slamming conservatives.
The Moran campaign wrote in an email to the Alley that the incident "was clearly an error in judgment."
This post has been updated. Originally published at 6:15 p.m.
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