February 17, 2012
It appears former longtime Fifth District Congressman Virgil Goode has entered the 2012 presidential race.
CBS19 has received a copy of Goode's Statement of Organization for his presidential campaign committee, which the Federal Election Commission received on Tuesday.
According to the document, Goode is running as a member of the Constitution Party, of which he joined the national executive committee in November 2010. Last year, the party's national field director, Gary Odom, said Goode has "made it clear to members in private and public comments... that he has a strong interest in seeking the party’s nomination for the presidency."
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.