Virgil Goode is a former U.S. Representative from Virginia who was defeated for re-election in 2008 by just a couple hundred votes. He has now officially joined the Constitution Party, increasing speculation that he might run for his old Congressional seat in 2010 or for President in 2012, though no sources have been able to confirm his interest in either race.
LANCASTER, PA: Virgil Goode, a 12 year Congressman from Virginia’s 5th district, attended the Constitution Party’s 2010 Spring National Committee meeting in Minneapolis where he was the keynote speaker at the Friday evening banquet. Goode applauded the resolution passed unanimously by the Party’s National Committee expressing support for Arizona’s recently enacted legislation cracking down on illegal immigration.
“I hope that the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee follow the lead of the Constitution Party National Committee by adopting a resolution in strong support of the state of Arizona as they fight against the invasion by illegal aliens,” said Goode after the meeting. [The resolution will be linked at the end of the article]
Goode showed his solidarity with the Constitution Party by joining the party as a supporting member.
Jim Clymer, Constitution Party National Chairman welcomed Congressman Goode with this statement:
Congressman Goode has proven he has the mettle to stand true to the Constitution and the principles that serve as its foundation by withstanding the pressures of the establishment party bosses during his twelve years in Congress. I am thrilled that he recognizes the superiority of the Constitution Party platform and has allied himself with us. His understanding and wisdom, gained by his experience in the “belly of the beast,” will be a great asset to the party as we move forward in our effort to restore the liberties and rights secured by the Constitution. Rights and liberties which the leftists, the neo-cons and various other statists of the two major parties have taken from us. I know I speak for all in the Constitution Party in giving Congressman Goode a hearty “Welcome aboard!”
Goode also purchased a Constitution Party banner during a silent-auction fundraiser. The illegal immigration resolution, passed by the Constitution Party National Committee, can be found here.
There have been several stories about Goode possibly running for his old Congressional seat, and polling has shown that if he ran as an Independent he would be in a statistical tie with the incumbent. Goode served in Congress from 1997 until 2009 and won election as a Democrat, an Independent, and a Republican.
IPR first reported that Goode might join the CP a mere four days after his defeat in November, 2008.