Goode Declines To Run As Third Party Candidate, Endorses GOP Nominee

Virgil Goode, the former congressman from the Virginia’s 5th District, is a member of both the GOP and the Constitution Party. There was speculation that he might run for Congress in 2010 if Robert Hurt, one of the GOP candidates, won the primary. However, Goode has made it clear that he intends to support Hurt.

“Yes, I plan to support the nominee,” Goode said Wednesday. “I think he has a very good chance of beating Tom Perriello.”

Hurt, a state lawmaker from Chatham, beat out six other Republicans to win his party’s nomination Tuesday.

Hurt carried the 5th District — which extends from the Charlottesville region down to Southside — with a decisive 48 percent of the vote.

Goode declined to endorse any of the GOP candidates during the primary, though he spoke highly of all of them and appeared at fundraising events for Hurt, Albemarle County Supervisor Kenneth C. Boyd and others.

There was also some concern that Goode would endorse or tacitly support Jeff Clark, the Danville Tea Party member who filed to run against Hurt as a third-party candidate.

7 thoughts on “Goode Declines To Run As Third Party Candidate, Endorses GOP Nominee

  1. Green Party Conservative

    Trent,

    Thanks for the story. Some useful additions.

    1. The deadline for all filing in Virginia was last Tuesday June 8th. That means all petition signatures and the statement of candidacy had to be in the State Board of Elections by last Tuesday evening at 5:00 pm.

    2. The description of Jeff Clark misrepresents who he is. It’s an honest mistake in Trent’s post. It’s oft repeated mistake. By none other than Rachel Maddow in her June 8th open to her TV show on MSNBC.

    The national narrative driven by FOX News, etc is not that the Green Party, or the Libertarians, or Independent candidates are growing. Of course they are. Faux snoozze is buzy with their myth making…

    Jeff has personally told me, and is quoted in various reports saying he is NOT a candidate of the group you site. Jeff Clark is running as a Conservative Independent. see His web site
    Catchy title.

    http://www.CrashTheirParty.com

    3. I know for a fact the Independent Greens of Virginia helped Jeff gather a large number of signatures, endorsed his campaign.

    Virgil Goode made clear at least three weeks ago what he planned. It was at a fundraiser for Kenny Golden, another Independent Greens of Virginia endorsed and supported Conservative Independent. Kenny Golden is running in Virginia Beach. Golden is a former Virginia Beach Chairman of one of the two larger parties in Virginia. Goode said then he would not run.

    The only way Virgil or anyone else can run in Virginia now – with the deadline passed is as a write-in.

    And I believe today at 5:00 pm was the deadline for filing as a Write-In.

    Thanks for the great work you do here at IPR.

    There’s a lot more to the Jeff Clark, Kenny Golden, and for that matter other Indy Green conservative supported candidates on the ballot in Virginia…Jeremiah Heaton, Gail “for Rail” Parker, Ron “for Rail” Fisher, David Gillis…

    more on all of them later…

  2. Trent Hill Post author

    2.) “Jeff has personally told me, and is quoted in various reports saying he is NOT a candidate of the group you site. Jeff Clark is running as a Conservative Independent.”

    I said Clark was a candidate and a member of the Danville Tea Party–I did not say he was the Danville Tea Party candidate, that is quite different.

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