Yes, Tom Perriello, they are out to get you



Freshman Democrat Tom Perriello is not paranoid: The National Republican Congressional Committee, along with a bunch of Virgil Goode's good ole boys in white sheets down in Franklin County, are out to get him.

The NRCC opens a new ad campaign against Perriello in the Roanoke and Lynchburg media markets today. It criticizes Perriello for his vote on the energy reform bill that passed the House last week and hopes to stir up some racist hatred at the same time.

In last year's election, Perriello sent longtime racist Republican Congressman Virgil Goode back to Franklin County to be with his Klan buddies. Goode, who has embarrassed Virginia time and again with his racism and nasty comments against Muslims and anyone else who doesn't agree with the white sheet crowd, is already working on a campaign to win the seat back in 2010 and the GOP is pumping money, staff and resources into his campaign.

The 30-second ad will also attack President Barack Obama, a calculated move to appeal to Goode's racist base.

This is the second time the NRCC has flooded the Roanoke media market with ads attacking Perriello. For reasons that escape logic and common decency, they want Goode back in Congress even if the voters of his district made it clear last year they have had enough of his racist ramblings.

During my venture into the dark side of politics in the early 1980s, I worked as a field operative for the NRCC in the 1984 elections and saw first hand how their operation works. There is nothing they won't do to win an election even if it means stirring up racism, homophobia, bigotry or religious fervor. It's unusual for the NRCC to pay for ads in an "odd year" between elections but they are desperate this time to undermine any Democrat who beat a Republican incumbent last year.

It's not known yet if Goode's campaign team will include well-known Republican racist political operative Bobby May, who has worked for Goode in the past. May was John McCain's campaign chairman in Buchanan last year when he wrote that Obama, as President, would:

Hire rapper Ludacris to paint (the White House) black. Taxes to be increased to by enough paint for the job plus spray-paint for graffiti.

Raise taxes to send $845 billion, most to Africa so the Obama family can skim off enough to allow them to free their goats and live the American dream.

Republicans tried to dismiss May's extremism as the actions of a "low level campaign operative" but the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the state's most conservative newspaper, reported:

May has been involved with dozens of Republican campaigns throughout Virginia, including former gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr., R-5th.

Freshman Democrat Tom Perriello is not paranoid: The National Republican Congressional Committee, along with a bunch of Virgil Goode’s good ole boys in white sheets down in Franklin County, are out to get him.

The NRCC opens a new ad campaign against Perriello in the Roanoke and Lynchburg media markets today. It criticizes Perriello for his vote on the energy reform bill that passed the House last week and hopes to stir up some racist hatred at the same time.

In last year’s election, Perriello sent longtime racist Republican Congressman Virgil Goode back to Franklin County to be with his Klan buddies. Goode, who has embarrassed Virginia time and again with his racism and nasty comments against Muslims and anyone else who doesn’t agree with the white sheet crowd, is already working on a campaign to win the seat back in 2010 and the GOP is pumping money, staff and resources into his campaign.

The 30-second ad will also attack President Barack Obama, a calculated move to appeal to Goode’s racist base.

This is the second time the NRCC has flooded the Roanoke media market with ads attacking Perriello. For reasons that escape logic and common decency, they want Goode back in Congress even if the voters of his district made it clear last year they have had enough of his racist ramblings.

During my venture into the dark side of politics in the early 1980s, I worked as a field operative for the NRCC in the 1984 elections and saw first hand how their operation works. There is nothing they won’t do to win an election even if it means stirring up racism, homophobia, bigotry or religious fervor. It’s unusual for the NRCC to pay for ads in an "odd year" between elections but they are desperate this time to undermine any Democrat who beat a Republican incumbent last year.

It’s not known yet if Goode’s campaign team will include well-known Republican racist political operative Bobby May, who has worked for Goode in the past. May was John McCain’s campaign chairman in Buchanan last year when he wrote that Obama, as President, would:

Hire rapper Ludacris to paint (the White House) black. Taxes to be increased to by enough paint for the job plus spray-paint for graffiti.

Raise taxes to send $845 billion, most to Africa so the Obama family can skim off enough to allow them to free their goats and live the American dream.

Republicans tried to dismiss May’s extremism as the actions of a "low level campaign operative" but the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the state’s most conservative newspaper, reported:

May has been involved with dozens of Republican campaigns throughout Virginia, including former gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr., R-5th.

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10 Responses

  1. It will be another close race, but I think Perriello will retain his seat. My father in-law manned phones at the Democratic office in Franklin County in 2008 and he called hundreds of folks. He was struck by the number of older folks that stated that they had voted Republican all of their lives, but they were fed up with the direction of national politics, and were going to vote for Perriello and Obama. The failures of both the previous Republican administration and the previous Republican controlled house and senate are largely responsible for Perriello’s win. Perriello made a good case for change and so far he’s carrying through with his promises.

    Some people prefer to overlook the shifting demographic reality of the 5th district of Virginia. Most of those relocating to the 5th district lean to the left. Goode’s own share of Franklin County voters has been in steady decline since 1996. The Franklin County population has increased by 11% from 1996 to 2008, and not coincidentally he has lost about 11% of his edge in election results. He may still win 62% of the Franklin County vote in 2008 but he needs more than 70% to win back the seat.

    Sean

  2. Racists deserve no respect. They are repugnant.

    Bobby May was listed as the local campaign chairman in Buchanan on McCain’s web site before he wrote that racist newspaper column. He was replaced afterwards because of all the bad publicity.

    I realize the Republicans now want to bury him and claim he wasn’t that active in their circles but he was and they welcomed him until he made a fool of himself and his party.

    But May is not the first racist to come up through the party ranks. Remember State GOP Chairman Jeffrey Fredrick? Republicans elected him chairman even after his racist antics during last year’s campaign. Fredrick’s overt racism towards Democratic Presidential contender Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign brought even more shame on the Grand Old Party.

    As Time Magazine reported during the campaign:

    With so much at stake, and time running short, Frederick did not feel he had the luxury of subtlety. He climbed atop a folding chair to give 30 campaign volunteers who were about to go canvassing door to door their talking points — for instance, the connection between Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden: "Both have friends that bombed the Pentagon," he said. "That is scary." It is also not exactly true — though that distorted reference to Obama’s controversial association with William Ayers, a former 60s radical, was enough to get the volunteers stoked. "And he won’t salute the flag," one woman added, repeating another myth about Obama. She was quickly topped by a man who called out, "We don’t even know where Senator Obama was really born." Actually, we do; it’s Hawaii.

    I worked in Republican politics long enough to know they try to rewrite history when they get into trouble. But history will forever prove Virgil Goode’s racism.

  3. I agree with you that “racists deserve no respect”. I am simply saying that it is going over the line to try to link Goode with the KKK. I have never heard anything that would link him to that group.
    As far as Bobby May, I believe he is still very active in Buchanan County. At one time he was a writer for the local paper. I don’t know if he still is, its been over a year since I was out there.
    You may have noticed the Republican Party in Va removed Fredrick becouse of what was going on.
    I’m not excusing what any of the remarks you listed. I found them to be disturbing also.
    I could try to point out times when Democrat politicians were racists but that shouldn’t be the point. This shouldn’t be a political fight, it should be a fight against racism.

  4. I’ve accused Goode of being buddy-buddy with the Klan twice in the past and he has yet to deny it. I didn’t say he was linked to the Klan. I just said he has friends in white robes.

    I don’t think it’s a stretch to say most members of the Klan voted for Goode. I’ve also found individual contributions to Goode from Franklin County residents known to have Klan affiliations. Goode has never returned those contributions nor has he disowned any supporters with Klan connections.

    Racism, sadly, is not limited to any one political party. Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia was a member of the Klan as a young man and admits it. He now says he has seen the error of his ways. Third party movements are all too often dominated by white supremacists.

    What I find most objectionable about Goode is tht his bigotry continues in these so-called enlightened times. His outright hatred of Muslims and his rabid position on immigration is thinly-disgused racism.

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