Sometimes Goode Bye is a Second Chance

By VA Blogger

Thank God. Virgil Goode forgoes another run for office in 2010, allowing Republicans a legitimate chance to take back the seat without the spectacle of embarrassment. Goode’s antics and controversies was the sole reason VA-05 was vulnerable to begin with, but without Obama on the top of the ticket, it represents perhaps the best pick-up opportunity in the nation, provided we climb out of the cellar of our past.


Personally (and I don’t know exactly where he lives, so he may have to move) I think John Brownlee would make an excellent Congressman.


(h/t Lowell)


  • kelley in virginia says:

    i don’t think brownlee lives in my district, though i would looove him to run. his congressman is probably goodlatte.

    ok, who is it going to be? faulk from c-ville?

    ABP. anybody but perriello. anybody. anybody.

  • RichmondDem says:

    Farewell, Goode. Bye-bye forever, you Dixiecrat turncoat!

  • Aaron says:

    Brownlee lives in Roanoke, he is in the 6th district. He will not run for this seat. Cordell Faulk is rumored to be interested. I dont know how you can sit her and bash Virgil either, he was good to the 5th district and was never a “spectacle of embarrassment.”

    He would have never lost this seat if it wasnt for Tucker and a campaign that was run like a 5th grade PE class.

  • kelley in virginia says:

    let’s not worry about virgil at this point, or even argue about him. let’s get Perriello defeated.

  • RichmondDem says:

    “I dont know how you can sit her and bash Virgil either, he was good to the 5th district and was never a “spectacle of embarrassment.”

    He ranted on the floor of the Congress about the impending Muslim takeover of America. Come on!

  • Virgil was a good Congressman who had one of the best constituant service records in the country, VA Blogger you should not have blasted the man on his way out like that.

    Several candidates are being mentioned,

    Cordel Faulk

    Robert Hurt

    Bradley Rees

    It’ll be interesting. What do you guys think?

  • Alter of Freedom says:

    “so he may have to move”….was not this the exact criticism laucnched at the New York-transplant in Perriello during the campaign that he really was not from the district. Keep it real folks. There is certainly someone who lives in the district who can be engaged and relate to the constituency for a formible run. I think both Perriello and Nye are in a bit of trouble in 2010 if the GOP gets behind the right kind of candidate to rail against the spending going on in Washington.

  • RichmondDem says:

    Perriello was born in Ivy, VA.

  • RichmondDem says:

    From his Wikipedia page:

    “Perriello is a lifelong resident of Ivy, a small unincorporated community west of Charlottesville. However, he is listed in the House roll as “D-Charlottesville” since this is the largest city in his district. He attended Murray, Meriwether Lewis, Henley and Western Albemarle High School in the county school system, and then graduated from St. Anne’s-Belfield School. He earned B.A. (1996) and J.D. (2001) at Yale University. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scout Troop 114 in Ivy, and was a legislative page in the Virginia House of Delegates.[2]”

    You were saying, Alter? He is less of a carpetbagger than McDonnell.

  • kelley in virginia says:

    richmond dem: protesting the muslim takeover of America? a real prognasticator.

    i Love, love Robert HUrt! you do mean the state senator, right? great guy.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Kelly. Kelly. Kelly. They are coming for you… I heard a group of Muslims talking about it the other day at the airport.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    How is McDonnell a carpetbagger?

  • kelley in virginia says:

    edmund: nah, the muslims won’t come down here to kenbridge to blow up anything. we don’t have any tv or radio stations that could broadcast the event for them to the middle east, somalia, indonesia etc. but they sure as hell blew up the WTC.

    edmund: here in kenbridge, i worry more about domestic enemies.

  • Alter of Freedom says:

    So his residence was the 5th District say five years before the election and up until he took office? Are you saying he lived in Ivy say at the time of the 2006 cycle or just before the 2008 cycle. Its confusing because it seemed to me much of his business speak on the campaign trail kept coming back to New York. I do not think the property records bear your point out. No one is disputing his place of birth or his education, but to say he has been a “resident” of the district since graduating from Yale is complete rubbish. Perriello admitted as much on the trail last year when asked. He “returned” to his Virginia home. BTW I referenced the “criticism” launched during the campaign of Perriello RichmondDem and I was hardly making the assertion. I just do not support people moving into areas solely to achieve elected office; not at the State level and certainly not at the Federal level, regardless of Party. And I do not think that Bob returned to Virginia with the intention on running for Delegate…

  • edmundburkenator says:

    They’re not going to blow Kenbridge up. They’re going to move in… then they will want a mosque next to your church… then they will start taking your jobs… then they will start voting…

    Ask Eric Cantor.

  • kelley in virginia says:

    edmund: we don’t have any jobs in kenbridge.

    i would hope they wouldn’t do any too violent here.

  • kelley in virginia says:

    back to who will run against perriello:

    i fear that a black Republican (mr faulk) will get no black vote. why? i don’t get it either. and there are many in the real rural areas that might say “damn, we’ve had it with black men at the federal level” & not vote for him. don’t fuss at me–that just might be the reality. but he does work for larry sabato which should make him up to speed on TV & other media. and being from c-ville might be the key.


  • RichmondDem says:


    He’s not, unless you consider being born in Philadelphia and going to college out of state to be a “carpetbagger”. I don’t, but Alter may.

    “I do not think the property records bear your point out. No ”

    O RLY? Then go find the property records that contradict this.

    “I just do not support people moving into areas solely to achieve elected office”

    Ok, well, that’s not what Tom did. Unless he conspired to be born and raised in Ivy so he could run for Congress someday.

  • RichmondDem says:


    Funny, they used to say the same crap about Cantor’s people.

  • I actually think that Cordel Faulk would be a strong candidate. There may be some who would not vote for a black man, however, I think that Faulk would actually make some inroads into the black community in towns like Altavista and Chatham in the South Central and Southside areas perspectively.

  • kelley in virginia says:

    steven osborne: i don’t care about cordel faulk making “inroads” into the black community as a long term goal. i care only if he can beat tom perriello. what do you think?

    he has to beat perriello in c-ville to win.

  • Alter of Freedom says:

    If you can’t see the difference, your either incredibly ignorant or just suffer from a political lense clouding reality. Fact is on the political front, no one ever heard of Tom before he threw his hat in the ring. I was making no assertion against Tom, but was responding to the plea for Brownless to move in and run against him. I did not come down on Tom on residency other than to point out that he did not actually live in the district until just before the cycle eventhough he is from the district. I guess this means I can go back to Loudoun and run for office given I have been away for thirty years and still claim “I am one of you”…give me a freaking break. Heck I was there before Sugarland Run and there was not even a dream of Lowes Island for Gods sake and yet I could just sweep on in a year or so before a cycle and claim “I am one of you”…that would really work. I give voters of Loudoun more credit than that. The opposition would simply call me a “downstater” transplant right? BTW I wish the liberals would stop using the carpetbagger tact given 2/3 of their voters in NOVA are not native-born Virginains—hey dope your voting base had to come from somewhere. Maybe we should be calling the liberal wing of the DPVA the new “carpetbagger wing”?

  • RichmondDem says:

    “BTW I wish the liberals would stop using the carpetbagger tact”

    Pray tell, what “liberals” are using the “carpetbagger tact”? The ones in your head? The only one on here doing that was you.

  • aaron says:

    Robert hurt is a star. The problem with the 5th district is that charlottesville now runs it. Virgil lost because he let perriello take charlotesville 80 to 20. The next republican will have to do better than that if they want to win.

    Regardless there will probably be a primary and if perriello wants to win he will have to hope obama comes to his rescue in an off year where the uva students don’t come out in droves.

  • Alter of Freedom says:

    Typical. Read your own posts RichmondDem. You used the term “carpetbagger”. Not me. I simply referenced Tom was said to be living in NY up until his return to VA before his run. You brought in McDonnell not me. RichmondDem said “he is less than a carpetbagger than McDonnell” referring to Perriello. Guess you would be one of those “liberals”- go figure.

  • RichmondDem says:

    “Typical. Read your own posts RichmondDem. You used the term “carpetbagger”. Not me.”

    Yeah, you just said “New York transplant”.

    “I never said ‘hamburger’, I said ‘Big Mac’!, damnit!”

    I don’t think McDonnell is a carpetbagger or “transplant”. Neither is Perillo. That was kind of my point.

  • mytwocents says:

    Lets face it there are only two top tier candidates at this point for the GOP nomination. Sen Hurt and Delegate Bell would be essentially guaranteed to win this seat in an off year election. Nominating anyone else for this seat makes absolutely no sense and would result in an entrenched Congressman Perriello.
    I hope the NRCC starts to recruit one of these two immediately. The bench in not real deep at this point in southside. Lets hope just one of these guys enters essentially clearing the field for the general. We will need all the resources we can to go against one of Pelosi’s pet projects.

  • Alter of Freedom says:

    RichmondDem- And if memory serves you did not think T-Mac was a carpetbagger either?

  • kelley in virginia says:

    up to aaron & my2cents:

    who would face perriello in a primary? he is an incumbent & the Dems are going to fight hard to hold that seat. the Dems claim that he is great on constituent service (well, he has voted the opposite way that i’ve asked him to–is that good service? or am i just a mindless conservative?).

    Sen. Hurt would have to really restrict his law practice if he ran. i don’t know if he could afford to do that.

    I don’t know Bell. where is he from?

    ABP: anybody but Perriello!

  • aaron says:

    I was talking in terms of a republican primary.

  • Again, I think that Cordel Faulk is a strong candidate!

    C-ville does not run the 5th, the margains have always been 80-20 for the Democrats there. What went wrong was the fact that Perriello made inroads into Central Virginia coupled with a higher turnout in C-ville. Goode won the town of Altavista in Central Virginia with 54%. I feel like Cordel Faulk in an off-year election might be able to pull 60% there, just as an example. Cordel Faulk is also closer geographically to Nelson County which is a battleground county.

  • Look at the numbers says:

    We cannot continue to attempt to win the 5th on southside strength alone–and we need to think in the long term. A southside candidate will face challenges in the long run as the district continues to shift to the north. We need a young candidate that can appeal to a broad spectrum. If Cordel Faulk can hold the working class white vote within a point or two, and make some inroads in the large black population and win northern moderates, he could represent that seat for a long time. I

  • TC Robinson says:

    What about former NASCAR driver Ward Burton?

  • That would keep Ward’s current losing streak intact.

    Hurt will run and all he has to do is swing around 2000 Southside voters.

    The way the 5th district is drawn, you can win and completely ignore Charlottesville.

    See “Weed, Al”, “Richards, Meredith” and “Weed, Al”.

  • Lauren says:

    I would guess that Burton is a democrat.

  • Alter, RichmondDem coined the phrase for T-Mac on this blog.

  • kelley in virginia says:

    1st: i seriously doubt Ward is a democrat. 2d:and steven, i really think c-ville runs the 5th because of the great concentration of liberals there.

    and also, this frightens me: Perriello ran better than Obama in the 5th.

  • Lauren says:

    Q-Ward, any serious political runs in your future?

    WARD BURTON: I have had that question asked to me quite often – I have some friends up in DC and obviously the last two governors of VA – I’ve done a lot of work with – but if I’ve learned anything – I’m not a stout Republican or stout Democrat – it is about the individual – we just need to all work together and find compromises through communication – often I can get more done by bringing groups together right now even with differences and personal agendas – I just think it is most important to communicate and be open and honest
    I guess I got the impression that he was a democrat becouse he was so tight with Warner and Kaine.

  • RichmondDem says:

    “RichmondDem- And if memory serves you did not think T-Mac was a carpetbagger either?”

    Why yes, yes I did think he was a carpetbagger. Mostly because he was.

    As much as I slam people that use the “real Virginia” stuff, if you’re a political consultant living in McLean it doesn’t matter how long you’ve lived there. You’re a resident of Washington, DC, not Virginia. McAulliffe isn’t a Virginian anymore than Chris Matthews or Dick Cheney are (who both live in his town).

  • RichmondDem says:

    Brian Moran, OTOH, even with his Massachusetts accent, was not. He moved to Alexandria and made a career before becoming a politician. He isn’t unlike a lot of people in northern Virginia. It’s a typical experience for many in this state, while being a high-powered political consultant and living in McLean only because you don’t like D.C. public schools is not.

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