Outward bound: Virgil Goode's not trying again
Former Congressman Virgil Goode, narrowly defeated in November for reelection to the seat he held for 12 years (and under both major political parties), has issued a statement saying that he will not seek the seat again.
The news first appeared either at the blog of conservative radio talk-show host Rob Schilling, who calls the decision "disappointing," or in the Martinsville Bulletin, or the Franklin News-Post.
Goode declined to give reasons for his decision, and pundit Larry Sabato explains that the reasons could include anything from disinterest in fund-raising to interest in getting back to private business.
"I'm guessing," says Sabato, "because I haven't talked to him, but if you look nationally over the years Congressmen rarely stage successful comebacks."
Sabato says that one potential Republican contender might be State Senator Robert Hurt who comes from Chatham in the populous part of the 5th Congressional District and has allegedly expressed some private interest. Sabato also thinks that Charlottesville-area Delegate Rob Bell could be a contender–- if he has any interest.
Bell has reportedly denied any interest. Other names mentioned include Albemarle Supervisor Ken Boyd and political commentator Cordel Faulk.
"The Republicans could find somebody stronger than Goode," says Sabato. "But they could also have a weaker nominee."
–last updated 2:07pm