June 10, 2011
According to a report in the Roanoke Times, long-time Fifth District Congressman Virgil Goode may add presidential candidate to the long list of political roles he's played in his career.
The Times says Chris Frasure is reporting as much. The Libertarian blogger claims to have received a fundraising message from the Constitution Party that included the following:
The Constitution Party is gearing up for the presidential election year, and its 2012 ballot access campaign. Former Virginia Congressman, Virgil Goode, has expressed a strong interest in seeking the Constitution Party Presidential nomination in 2012 and at its meeting this past weekend, the Constitution Party National Committee unanimously passed a resolution inviting him to do just that.
Goode, a 64-year-old Richmond native, has been a member of the Democratic, Independent, Republican and Constitution parties, in that order. He represented the Fifth District in the U.S. Congress from 1997 to 2009. He was elected as a Democrat in 1996 and 1998, as an independent in 2000 and as a Republican in 2002, 2004 and 2006.
Goode lost his seat in 2008 to Democrat Tom Perriello.
In November 2010, Goode joined the national executive committee of the Constitution Party. According to the party's national field director, Gary Odom, Goode "has made it clear to members in private and public comments at the meeting and prior thereto that he has a strong interest in seeking the party’s nomination" for the presidency."