Freshman Democrat Tom Perriello is not paranoid: The National Republican Congressional Committee, along with a bunch of Virgil Goode’s good ole boys in white sheets down in Franklin County, are out to get him.
The NRCC opens a new ad campaign against Perriello in the Roanoke and Lynchburg media markets today. It criticizes Perriello for his vote on the energy reform bill that passed the House last week and hopes to stir up some racist hatred at the same time.
In last year’s election, Perriello sent longtime racist Republican Congressman Virgil Goode back to Franklin County to be with his Klan buddies. Goode, who has embarrassed Virginia time and again with his racism and nasty comments against Muslims and anyone else who doesn’t agree with the white sheet crowd, is already working on a campaign to win the seat back in 2010 and the GOP is pumping money, staff and resources into his campaign.
The 30-second ad will also attack President Barack Obama, a calculated move to appeal to Goode’s racist base.
This is the second time the NRCC has flooded the Roanoke media market with ads attacking Perriello. For reasons that escape logic and common decency, they want Goode back in Congress even if the voters of his district made it clear last year they have had enough of his racist ramblings.
During my venture into the dark side of politics in the early 1980s, I worked as a field operative for the NRCC in the 1984 elections and saw first hand how their operation works. There is nothing they won’t do to win an election even if it means stirring up racism, homophobia, bigotry or religious fervor. It’s unusual for the NRCC to pay for ads in an "odd year" between elections but they are desperate this time to undermine any Democrat who beat a Republican incumbent last year.
It’s not known yet if Goode’s campaign team will include well-known Republican racist political operative Bobby May, who has worked for Goode in the past. May was John McCain’s campaign chairman in Buchanan last year when he wrote that Obama, as President, 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.