In a “damn the unintended consequences of this“ moment, the Virginia Attorney General, transvaginalist and forced-birth advocate Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II completed his probe and will allow former Congressman Virgil Goode, a perennial contender in DC’s “Stupidest Congressman” polling, to retain his hard-won ballot position as a presidential candidate:
Former congressman Virgil Goode Jr. will remain on Virginia’s presidential ballot after state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II concluded an investigation into fraud allegations leveled at Goode by the state Republican Party.
Cuccinelli found, according to a news release from his office, that “while there may have been certain irregularities, nothing he examined would prevent Goode from being certified for the Virginia ballot in the upcoming November presidential election.”
This can only be construed as good news for John McCain.
The Virginia State Board of Elections ruled in early September that Goode had qualified for the ballot after he submitted more than 20,500 signatures to the board. State law requires candidates to submit a minimum of 10,000 valid signatures, including at least 400 from each of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts.
But the state Republican party filed a challenge to Goode’s submission, and party Chairman Pat Mullins contended that there were “systemic problems” among Goode’s signatures that showed a “stunning disregard” for state law. Goode called the allegations “ludicrous.”
While Cuccinelli found some problems, he concluded that “the candidate had enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot,” his office said, a conclusion that could disappoint his fellow Republicans.
The last five-way presidential poll in Virginia showed Obama at 48%, Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 1%, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson at 4%, and Goode at 2%. Mitt Romney garnered only 40% in this poll; it seems his likely constituency in what could have been a two-way race peels away when other options are available.
Despite being a loon, Goode is well-remembered and -favored in Southwest Virginia, where many voters may not recognize the legitimacy of our current president but certainly don’t trust the Christian White House to a cult member. I’ve spend many months downstate, in Goode’s district while running statewide campaigns, and please take my word for it — this is not a progressive place.
Highlights of Virgil Goode’s career, which might cause Americans anywhere else to pause before voting for him, but which have endeared him to his constituents, include:
– His unsolicited opinions upon Keith Ellison’s swearing in:
Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. (R-Va.) is coming under sharp criticism for lashing out against the decision by Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who will become the first Muslim member of Congress next month, to use the Koran during a swearing-in ceremony.
In a recent letter to constituents, Goode, a five-term congressman from Rocky Mount, wrote that he does “not subscribe to using the Koran in any way” and added: “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.”