Ending the Goode Life in VA-05- An Interview with Tom Periello

Crossposted at The Motley Moose

I had the opportunity recently to chat with Tom Periello, the Democrat running for Congress in VA-05. Now, for those of you not familiar with the Commonwealth, Virginia-05 is a district that runs from the North Carolina border almost all the way to the DC exburbs. While it's very diverse, including both the University of Virginia and Martinsville Speedway, it's a very conservative district, including Lynchburg, which is home to Jerry Falwell's Liberty University.

However, Virginia-05 is probably more nationally recognized to the progressive community as the home of this man:

Recognize him? See if this rings a bell:

The Muslim Representative from Minnesota was elected by the voters of that district and if American citizens don't wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the Koran.

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Republican Congressman Attacks 14 year old blogger

That's right. Yesterday at a debate between Rep. Virgil Goode of Virgina's 5th district and his Democratic challenger Tom Perriello Goode said this

"And they want me out of Congress, the liberal Democrats want me out. And they want me out because I'm a conservative voice, if we can silence that person that's exactly what we want, we want more mushers up here  in Congress that won't speak out and stand out. They want a Obamajority in this country, Tom is on the Obamajority list for the US House of Representatives, they want to get him in there because they know he is going to be voting with them. They want to control the White House, 60 votes in the US Senate and a strong majority in the US House of Representatives."

Goode is famous for using bogeymen to scare people, he attacked Rep. Keith Ellison for being a Muslim and repeated tall tales about China that even Dick Cheney said where false.

Now he's found a new bogeymen. He's attacking the Obamajority, an ActBlue page started by a 14 year old blogger--me.

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GOOD Congressional challengers on FISA: The List

In the last couple days, there have been several posts across the blogosphere citing what various candidates running for Congress have said on FISA and retroactive immunity for the telecoms.  But so far, it's been all over the map.  I'll try to corral all their statements into this diary, so you can see who the "good guys" are.

First, let's start off with the current House and Senate members who voted against this bill.  They do deserve credit, as it's their jobs on the line.

Follow me below the fold to see the dozens of Democratic challengers who are standing up for the Constitution, and are against this FISA bill and retroactive immunity.

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Virgil Goode: The Next Domino to Fall in the MZM Scandal?

Back in February, when the first solid allegations that Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) had accepted illegal campaign contributions from Randy "Duke" Cunningham briber MZM, I noted that ethics issues could compel this race to become competitive. Now, as the AP's Pete Yost reports, there has been a guilty plea in connection with these illegal contributions, which could further put this seat into play for the Democrats.

An ex-employee at a defense contractor pleaded guilty Friday to making illegal donations to the campaign of Rep. Virgil Goode, R-Va., marking the latest chapter in a congressional bribery probe.


Late last year in the midst of the Cunningham scandal, Goode's campaign gave $88,000 of MZM-linked donations to charity. The Virginia congressman leads the list of those receiving contributions tied to the company, said the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks campaign spending.

Goode, also a member of the House Appropriations Committee, was instrumental in persuading MZM to locate an office in Martinsville, Va., according to a news release issued by the Virginia governor's office in 2003.

Virginia's fifth district is not the easiest place for the Democrats to win, with George W. Bush winning 55 percent and 56 percent of the district vote in 2000 and 2004, respectively. But as I wrote back in February, the district does have deep Democratic roots.

Historically, however, VA-05 has been a Democratic district. When Goode was first elected in 1996, he was a conservative Democrat vying to succeed another conservative Democrat, L. F. Payne. In fact, the last time the fifth district supported a Republican before Goode's first run under the GOP banner in 2002 was in 1886, and before that, during Reconstruction.

The Democratic challenger in the district, Al Weed (whose campaign frequently posts on MyDD), might be gaining traction in the district -- or at least Goode appears to be losing traction. According to a recent Zogby poll, Goode's reelect numbers are below 50 percent now, which is never a good sign for an incumbent.

At this point, Weed is at a fairly substantial fundraising disadvantage, though you can help change that by visiting his ActBlue page. With a bit more support, I have no doubt that Weed can make a real race out of this.

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Fighting Dems Webb (Senate) and Weed (House) for Congress in the VA Primary - and New Jersey, too.

The Fighting Dem Vets Diary this week will be reminding folks of the CA primary that we posted on last week (read here) and featuring the VA primary coming up a week from Tuesday. This Tuesday is also the NJ primary and our solo candidate from NJ, Rich Sexton, will be live blogging with us today along with any of the other vets who can break away from church or campaigning.

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