Honestly, if the schtick Virgil Goode runs gets any more unbelievable, I’ll have to lower my expectations of him further than they already are.
Tom Perriello and Virgil Goode (photo courtesy of Matthew Rosenberg/CDP
In an exchange during last night’s debate in Danville, Congressman Goode claimed that Tom Perriello is all-powerful with his allies in the Democratic Party and all those people in New York and elsewhere.
Perriello, a national security consultant and faith-based initiative founder from Albemarle County, said that if he is elected his top priority would be bringing back jobs to the 5th District, which includes the Charlottesville area and stretches down to Danville. Over the past dozen years, he pointed out, the district has lost an estimated 10,000 jobs.
“I’m going to go up, roll up my shirt sleeves and work a double shift every day to bring jobs back to Southside Virginia,” Perriello said.
Perriello said he is opposed to the national sales tax — also known as the “fair tax” — because he believes it would unfairly shift the tax burden onto middle- and working-class families.
“Congressman Goode, who’s worth several million dollars, would get a big tax break,” Perriello said. “I’m concerned about the teachers in our community.”
Goode denied being wealthy and out of touch.
“Compared to [Perriello’s] backers and fellow Democrats, I am a peon,” Goode said.
A “fair tax,” Goode said, would cause the economy to boom, capital to flow into the United States and jobs to be created. It would allow individuals and businesses to keep more of their money, he said.
“I want the IRS basically ended,” Goode said. “And this would end it.”
I need to address this donors-from-out-of-state issue once and for all: People everywhere want you gone as a Congressman, Mr. Goode. Why does that surprise you, with your nineteenth century viewpoints and your rampant racism and bigotry? You claim to be a man of the people, but I know very few people as extreme as you are.
As for being a peon, I would say that it is a label that fits Mr. Goode well. He has always been a backbencher in the Hose, and he always would be, if we allow him to be re-hired.
Let’s not do that.
Where the ‘peon’ description does not fit is in Mr. Goode’s personal finances. He is a multi-millionaire, and has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from energy, banking and other interests. We can’t afford to allow this to go on. We need someone who will enrich this district, not himself.