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In the middle of what should and has been the strongest area of support for Virgil Goode (R), the local newspaper has lowered the boom on Virgil.

In one day, the Media General-owned newspaper printed both an article and an editorial. The article has to do with Virgil's wife sitting on the board of the North Theatre Group, while at the same time, Virgil was busy doing what he does best.



The Danville Register Bee:

Goode's wife, Lucy, served on the board of directors of the North Theatre as the congressman was securing $150,000 in federal funds for the project. Linwood Duncan, Goode's press secretary, continues to serve on the board.

The editorial was not kind, to put it nicely. Join me over the transom for more corruption.

The article in itself is bad enough for Virgil. Especially since he has declined to debate several times this year, even after he had asked organizations to plan events last summer.

The editorial, coming 19 days before the election, is stunning.

If anyone in Washington gets the idea that the United States should join with Canada and Mexico to form a "North American Union" similar to the European Union, or build some sort of NAFTA Superhighway, they'll have to go through Rep. Virgil Goode first.

That is, if anyone in Washington ever decides to advance either one of those ideas.

Remember, this is the same company that owns the Richmond Times-Dispatch (ugh). This is before either candidate is endorsed.

For Virgil to be so put in his place in practically speaking, his own backyard, is a huge change of direction for this area.

What we have here is a proposed resolution protesting an idea whose time has not come - and may never get here. While an Internet search of both terms does return results, it's not clear that anyone in Washington is seriously proposing either the North American Union or the NAFTA Superhighway.

Goode's resolution appears to tap into the fear some people have that large forces are conspiring to strip the United States of its sovereignty and make it subservient to an unelected group. In the past, the targets of this kind of worry were the United Nations and later, to the enforcement arms of various disarmament and trade pacts.

It's hard to understand why Goode would be worried about a political marriage that hasn't been proposed or a road that nobody appears interested in building. The sovereignty of the United States is worth preserving, but what is Goode really doing with his sponsorship of this resolution?

Ahhh, fear. Where would the Republicant's be without it? They wield it like a mighty sword, trying to intimidate the populace with it like a bully on a schoolyard.

Virgil has yet to make any disparaging comments about the war in Iraq. That's because he is a war profiteer. His relationships with nefarious characters such as convicted felon Mitchell Wade, criminal Richard Berglund, and others has changed him.

He gave up his party for a seat on the Appropriations Committee. I wonder if it was worth it? As for the answer to the newspaper's question, I'll let them finish up themsleves, they are doing a great job.

Perhaps it has more to do with the conservative nature of the 5th District than the North American Union or NAFTA Superhighway. In the southern end of the 5th District, thousands of jobs have been lost to trade pacts. The idea that the United States could lose its ability to shape its own future would be a frightening prospect - if it were true.

But it's not.

So that's Virgil Goode; always proposing to do worthless things elsewhere, unless it pays better to do it here.

It's time for a change.

Originally posted to Dems2004 on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 10:24 PM PDT.

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  •  nice choice of words (1+ / 0-)
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    Dems2004

    The editorial was not kind, to put it nicely.

    How do you know a Republican is lying? Ask one: If the Republicans can lower gas prices for 60 days before an election, why won't they do it all the time?

    by ca democrat on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 10:38:55 PM PDT

  •  Forgot the tip jar (4+ / 0-)
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    dwellscho, verasoie, kgerber, emmasnacker

    This race is getting closer by the day.

    Someone on TV tonight said we will be getting wins where we didn't even think there was a race. This is one of those.

    I suggest we learn to love ourselves before it's made illegal - Incubus

    by Dems2004 on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 10:42:39 PM PDT

  •  Will do little good (1+ / 0-)
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    Dems2004

    Danville City was the only political unit to go for Kerry in 2004 for that district.

    Driving through that area every couple of weeks, I see Webb signs only around Blacksburg and Roanoke.  Weed signs around Danville.  Allen and Goode all through Giles, Franklin and Pittsylvania Counties.

    Goode's power base is around the farm/small towns of Southside.  Weed, is based in Charlottesville and not to be trusted...<g>

    I don't think this issue will unseat Goode.  What is eroding his base are....

    the  decline of tobacco, loss of textile jobs, change in the character of Franklin Co with the "resortization" of Smith Mt. Lake, the effectiveness of Warner and Kaine to deliver jobs and development to Southside (new North American IKEA plant in Danville), and his likely shunning by the new Democratic House in 2006 (since he switched parties).

    If a good Democratic candidate, with the support of Warner/Kaine could be found from the Southside (not Charlottesville) for 2008, he might have a chance.

    Whitt Clement of Danville (lawyer and in Warner's cabinet) is a good place to start.

    (and I don't know the man)

    Ridge

    •  Weed and Webb (1+ / 0-)
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      kgerber

      signs through Charlotte, Prince Edward, Cumberland, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Nelson and Brunswick.

      Few, if any, Goode signs, some Allen signs here in Cumberland.

      I have been a volunteer since December, and I am the chair here in Cumberland County. I have seen a big change recently with the downfall of the generic Republican. There are some issues that Al has gained a resonance with the voters about.

      Al talks about all the issues you mention. I encourage you to give it another look and see what you think.

      Nice to meet you.

      I suggest we learn to love ourselves before it's made illegal - Incubus

      by Dems2004 on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 11:43:24 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Weed and Webb (1+ / 0-)
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        Dems2004

        I understand what you are saying, but ever since Goode left the Democratic party, 1st as an independent, then Repub. : the only challenges have come out of Charlottesville.  And they have lost.

        I'm all for all the Democratic members to the House we can get, but looking at the local papers in Southside and speaking to people....Weed has made little or no impression.  I don't think he can win with a "Kerry" strategy by counting on the more liberal centers and dropping the south.  Unless the Republican turnout is super depressed and the Dem/independent is super inflated, I just don't see it.

        If Goode gets indicted, then maybe a Charlottesville candidate may win, but I think chances are better for someone from Danville, Martinsville, Lynchburg area.  He can count on the C'ville Dems and appeal to the moderate Republicans in Southside.

        R

        R

    •  Weed errs... (0+ / 0-)
      I also have a passing familiarity with this district. And you're spot on about Whit Clement...
      I also wish to state that I am not now-nor have I ever been-a fan of Vigil Goode.
      I also support Al Weed, but less enthusiasticly now, after this shady charge against Danville's North Theater project. The theater project happens to be a worthwhile community endeavor- highly deserving of taxpayer support- from which his wife, his aide and none of the other of the other persons (many Democrats) mentioned in the article take any profit.
      Weed did not serve himself or our party well by raising this specific issue as part of what might well be other illegal deals done by Goode.
      Al should apologize.
      •  North Theatre project (0+ / 0-)

        If you're familiar with Susan Allen's involvement with Dominion Resources, that's another situation where the real problem is in the pattern of conflict of interest and favoritism.  Actually the pattern is identical: spouse on board, campaign contribution, favorable legislation.  Granted, in the Allen situation much much more was/ is in play in terms of both money and legislation.

        I don't think the argument is with the worth community endeavors in the district, rather it has to do with the degree with which friends, spouses and contributions impact the allocation of limited resources.

        •  Still... (0+ / 0-)
          Conflating this project with Susan Allen's seat on the board of Dominion Resources is exactly the kind of tactic here that I object to.
          And as for allocating limited resources, the not-for-profit project legitimately received 150k of its roughly 2mil restoration costs...or pennies per district taxpayer...The theater is struggling and would have quite welcomed the support of Al Weed- or anyone connected to him- equally...
          There is plenty of rope with which to bound or hang Rep. Goode with without alienating a good number of community activists in and around Danville who resent being characterized as "corrupt" conspirators by this allegation...

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