Virgil Goode

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Goode rears his ugly head..............

This from The Hill.com -

Republicans appear to have another repeat candidate in 2010, as former Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Va.) has filed to reclaim the seat he lost in November.

Goode filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) — a move that allows him to raise money for the race — but he told The Hill that he hasn't made a final decision about running again in 2010.

He said he filed because he received several “unsolicited” campaign contributions.

Once a candidate receives $5,000, he or she must file a statement of candidacy with the FEC.

“I’m filing that because a few people have sent me donations,” Goode said.

Virgil's Back: A Call to Arms

Cross-posted at New Dominion Project and Dem Bones

That old bigot has some kick left after all. Virgil Goode filed papers to run for the Fifth District in 2010. We all knew it was coming, but now it's official. Last year Tom was the hunter, now he's the hunted. Gear up to defend our boy.

Hey Virgil Goode; You no longer Represent the 5th Congressional District

Former Congressman Virgil Goode continues to travel around the 5th Congressional District acting as if he is still in office. It would seem that Goode has forgotten he was defeated by Ivy Democrat Tom Perriello in November, 2008.

Goode is taking credit for funds earmarked in the $410 billion Omnibus spending bill passed by the House on Wednesday and expected to pass the Senate soon.

On Thursday, Goode made presentations at Ferrum college, Franklin County and the Booker T. Washington National Monument. Goode also reportedly presented faux checks at Estes Center in Chase City and at the HBR-Historic Boydton Renaissance.

Gone for Goode? Local and national GOP want a rematch


This campaign sign still stands at the intersection of Boon Street and 220 in Boones Mill, Virginia. The election was held over 16 weeks ago, yet the owner of this sign still clings to the hope that Goode will rise from the ashes of his narrow defeat by Congressman Tom Perriello (D).

Anti-Tom Bias at the Franklin News-Post?

Check out this article from today's Franklin News-Post about Congressman Perriello's vote to reauthorize S-CHIP.

Misguided Perriello victory memes

(crossposted at Dem Bones and DailyKos. Full disclosure: I was a Regional Director for Tom Perriello's campaign.)

Chris Cillizza yesterday offered his list of top congressional campaigns for 2008, and it included our Perriello vs. Goode campaign in VA-5. Earlier in the week, our race graced Politico's list of election upsets. While I am elated and thankful that our work is honored by both of these lists, I am a little upset that our victory is explained in facile and erroneous terms. To their defense, these pundits have to look at 435 congressional races, so their "on-the-ground" knowledge of the district is inherently abstract and distant. I feel, however, that if I don't correct some of these misguided Perriello victory memes, later pundits will dutifully regurgitate these misconceptions.

Virgil Goode Reflects

Or; His 35 Years in Politics, was 35 Years Too Long for Me!


In the decades of outsourcing, I often found myself wishing that there was a way to outsource former 5th Congressional District representative Virgil Goode. As a resident of that legislative laughingstock’s district, I found Goode to be a total embarrassment at time. O.K., he was an embarrassment all the time.

Today’s Martinsville Bulletin has a story in which Goode “reflects” on his 35 years in politics. I would have titled it “How Not to be an effective Congressman”, but so much for editorial license.

Lawmakers should be independent thinkers and not merely follow a leader, according to (defeated) 5th District U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode Jr.

“I never was a big follower,” said Goode, R-Rocky Mount. Having been both a Democrat and a Republican, he noted that he was not afraid to voice opinions that differed from other members of either party, as well as the president.

Goode Urged to Run Again

I'm not sure what to make of this. The Martinsville Bulletin reported today that some of Virgil Goode's die-hards held a dinner for him Monday night, where some urged him to run again in 2010. As with similar speculation that has arisen recently, Goode is taking a 'neither confirm nor deny' sort of approach.

This is probably nothing more than kind words from long-time supporters, but just for fun, here are a few of my first-blush reactions to the possibility of Goode 2010:

A Farewell Dinner for Goode, Full Steam Ahead for Perriello

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.

Perriello is Officially Declared Winner

This afternoon, a three-judge panel in Charlottesville rendered a decision on the recount in the fifth congressional race between soon-to-be-ex Representative Virgil H. Goode, and Rep-Elect Tom Perriello , upholding the results certified on November 24th. Despite a last-ditch PR attempt by Goode to cast Perriello as attempting to disenfranchise service men and women, Perriello rode above Virgil’s rancorous politicking, with the final recount coming in at +727 votes for Periello. Congratulations Rep-Elect Perriello!

Tom Perriello is all class; Virgil Goode, not so much

Out of nowhere, Virgil Goode issued a statement today saying that he intends to ask that all late arriving military absentee ballots be counted in the "razor thin" race in the 5th CD, adding: "Today, I am calling on Mr. Perriello to join me in asking the Recount Court to count these military votes."

Now, two things about that ridiculous statement. First, the race in the 5th CD is not "razor thin." It is close. there is a big difference. In fact, the Judge who ruled last week that Virginia was late in getting these ballots out to the military also ruled he would not order Virginia officials to count them, because there was no evidence to suggest they would change the outcome of the race.

Second, Mr. Goode's statement is too cute by half. By calling on Tom to join him, he insinuates that Tom has opposed counting these ballots. That is categorically false.

As full of class as he has been throughout this race, Tom's campaign quickly addressed this nonsense:

Congressman-elect Tom Perriello has released the following statement regarding the inclusion of late-arriving military ballots in the 5th district Congressional recount.

"Our brave troops serving overseas absolutely deserve to have their voices heard and their votes counted in this election and all elections as they fight for our Democracy. That is why I strongly believe that those military ballots in question that arrived late and were held aside should be included in the vote count of Virginia's 5th District. I have consistently and fervently expressed my support for our troops, whether through my work as a national security analyst in advocating better strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan, or by my early support of Senator Jim Webb's 21st Century GI Bill."

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