Crossposted at What Is Right for Virginia
ABC 13 WSET-TV reported on-air this evening that Virgil Goode was attending a farewell dinner in Collinsville with supporters. Restaurant owner Buddy Arrington said the dinner had been planned for months regardless of the outcome. How nice, to send Goode back to Rocky Mt. with a full belly!
UPDATE: Today's Martinsville Bulletin has this story as a headline, proving yesterday was a slow news day.
Supporters of U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode Jr. held a farewell dinner for the outgoing congressman Monday night, but they made it clear they hope Goode isn’t going anywhere for long.
During the dinner at Buddy’s Taste of Home Restaurant in Collinsville, Goode’s supporters said they want him to run again. The six-term congressman, who was defeated by a margin of less than one-half of a percent in the Nov. 4 election, said he has not yet decided whether he will do so.
A DVD showing highlights of Goode’s career, prepared by some of his supporters, contained a slide proclaiming “Vote Goode 2010.”
On the wall of the dining room was a sign reading “farewell.” But Ridgeway resident Chris Koumparakis optimistically said “this is not farewell” — only a Christmas break for Goode.
Hopefully, Goode's "Christmas break" will be a permanent one.
In the mean time, Congressman-elect Tom Perriello and his staff are pressing ahead with his office and Congressional website.
"We will continue the 5th district tradition of a weekly legislative report from the Congressman and will release our first one during that first week in office", said Perriello's Communications Director Jessica Barba. "I am aiming to have our congressional website up and running by January 6."
January 6 is also the day Congressman-elect Perriello will be sworn in.
"Tom will be sworn into office on January 6, 2009", said Barba. "We will have a reception that afternoon (4-6 pm) in the Rayburn House Office Building for our supporters from the district."