A couple of Fifth District papers are taking a look back at former congressman Virgil Goode’s history as a career politician.
In the Roanoke Times, Janelle Rucker finds that Goode isn’t saying what he’ll be doing next. I can’t imagine he’d do real well as a lobbyist; he was so ineffective in Washington, and was proud that he spent so little time there, that he couldn’t be in much demand. His chief defender, Tucker Watkins, bizarrely declares it to be “unfair” for Rucker to ask what Goode will be doing next.
And in the Franklin News-Post, Joel Turner sees this as the end of a seventy-year political dynasty, stretching to 1940, when Virgil H. Goode Sr. was first elected. Goode Jr. was elected to the state senate at the age of 27, fresh out of law school, the youngest-ever member at the time. (Has anybody younger been a member since? I suspect not.) Turner writes about demand from Goode’s supporters that he run for something else. Just tell me where to send the check. I want him to run for a statewide office, preferably against Sen. Webb. That’d be a hoot.
I’m told that Virgil Goode has refused to pass along his district office numbers to Tom Perriello, as has been tradition since Dan Daniels. If that’s true, I think that says a lot. It’s not exactly salting the earth and poisoning the wells, but it shows that he doesn’t have the best interest of the district at heart. Goode was the lone Republican to represent the Fifth in the past 120 years; I think we can see now that he was an anomaly.