Virgil Goode, the former Virginia Congressman whose overt racism and bigotry embarrassed the Old Dominion, is — with the help of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) — plotting his comback in the 2010 mid-term election.
Goode has already filed his intentions run again to regain his seat from Democrat Tom Perriello, who narrowly defeated Goode. He submitted paperwork to the Federal Election Commission in March.
The NRCC is also spending thousands of dollars on television ads questioning Perriello’s votes on the economic stimulus bill and other legislation. A friend who works for the NRCC tells me Republicans have already targeted Perriello as a "vulnerable seat" in 2010.
Goode is just one of many racists who have embarrassed Virginia and the GOP in recent years. Former Republican Senator George Allen destroyed his Presidential ambitions and lost his Senate seat over his infamous "macaca" racial slur in 2008.
On Sunday, Virginia Republicans tossed out racist state chairman Jeffrey Fredrick after he ignored calls for his resignation by just about every GOP elected official in the Commonwealth. Fredrick’s overt racism towards Democratic Presidential contender Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign brought even more shame on the Grand Old Party.
As Time Magazine reported during the campaign:
With so much at stake, and time running short, Frederick did not feel he had the luxury of subtlety. He climbed atop a folding chair to give 30 campaign volunteers who were about to go canvassing door to door their talking points — for instance, the connection between Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden: "Both have friends that bombed the Pentagon," he said. "That is scary." It is also not exactly true — though that distorted reference to Obama’s controversial association with William Ayers, a former 60s radical, was enough to get the volunteers stoked. "And he won’t salute the flag," one woman added, repeating another myth about Obama. She was quickly topped by a man who called out, "We don’t even know where Senator Obama was really born." Actually, we do; it’s Hawaii.
And, of course, there’s Bobby May, the longtime Virginia Republican operative who has worked for Virgil Goode in the past and was John McCain’s campaign chairman in Buchanan County last year when he wrote that Obama’s Presidential platform would:
Hire rapper Ludacris to paint (the White House) black. Taxes to be increased to by enough paint for the job plus spray-paint for graffiti.
Raise taxes to send $845 billion, most to Africa so the Obama family can skim off enough to allow them to free their goats and live the American dream.
Republicans tried to dismiss May’s extremism as the actions of a "low level campaign operative but the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the state’s most conservative newspaper, reported:
May has been involved with dozens of Republican campaigns throughout Virginia, including former gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr., R-5th.
Which brings us back to Virgil Goode’s plan to regain his Congressional seat. Perhaps Bobby May, a former campaign operative for Goode, will run his new campaign. Racists of a lather still flock together.