Upset alert? Goode and Perriello tied on Election Eve

Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Rocky Mount) and attorney Tom Perriello (D-Ivy) are running in a district that went to President George W. Bush by ten points in 2004.
PHOTO COURTESY OF VIRGIL GOODE/BY JEN FARIELLO

Could a man who's never run for political office topple a six-term congressman? If the latest poll is to be believed, it could happen right here in Virginia's Fifth District. SurveyUSA released a survey today showing Rep. Virgil Goode's (R-Rocky Mount) lead over challenger Tom Perriello (D-Ivy) down to three points, 50-47, with a four-point margin of error.

"This poll shows what we've been hearing on the trail everyday," says Perriello spokeswoman Jessica Barba in a press release touting the new numbers, "that people are ready to leave behind the old politics of fear and division of Congressman Goode, and hungry for Tom Perriello's solutions for the economy and commitment to Virginia values."

A call to the Goode campaign had not been returned at the time of this post.

If Perriello manages to pull off the victory, it will be an upset of historic proportions in Virginia politics. Just three months ago, the same SurveyUSA poll showed Goode with a more than two-to-one lead over Perriello, with 64 percent of likely voters saying they backed Goode to Perriello's 29 percent. In his last run for re-election in 2006, Goode defeated vintner Al Weed (D-Nelson) easily, winning 59 percent of the vote to Weed's 40 percent.

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With the 4% MOE, 54-43 Goode seems much more likely than Perriello winning. But the Progress is having a good run endorsing losers this year so who knows! And Goode out of Congress wouldn't just be good for the 5th District, or for Virginia, but for the entire country. His well-documented philosophy of hate and bigotry just has no place.

I don't know about yunz guys, but those Goode commercials they have on the radio irritate the heck out of me

Every time I hear Goode's voice I think of "Sling Blade." "I lihk the way you towk"

Goode is promoted by "pro-American" people. No doubt he will win in Virginny. Besides, I saw his ads that say that Perriello is a godless evil terrorist...or was that about Kay R. Hagan?

Palin/Goode 2012.

The single biggest challenge that Perriello faces is that people who would support him do not know who he is. So tomorrow, let as many people as possible know that Tom Perriello is the Democrat running for congress.

Rape and sexual assault are absolutely wrong and should not go unpunished. However the notion that Ms Securro (valedictorian of her Catholic HS) was somehow unaware of the dangers that lurk at a college frat party is hard to believe. The fact the she and her assailant corresponded for two months before she went to police is also hard to reconcile. Just cant seem to conjure up the "girl next door" image of her. This doesnt change the fact that SHE was the victim in 84, it just makes it harder to perceive her as one now.

Hey tanker - when you come from an all-girls Catholic school, chances are you're sheltered. In 1984, people didn't know about fraternity rape or drugging victims and UVA certainly didn't teach this. I'm sure she corresponded with this monster to ensure her personal safety after receiving the letter.

"Girl next door" image? What's she supposed to do to fit your image better? Be a junkie, a prostitute, inarticulate. Yeah, I'll bet she doesn't live next door to YOU!

Go ahead, blame the victim. Makes it easier to live with those urges to do it yourself, right?

Ah, hate typos.

To Tanker: I'll bet Ms. Seccuro (you can't even spell her name!) is glad she doesn't live next door to you!

I found this part mildly amusing:

"These are amazing witnesses," says Quagliana. "Some of them describe some pretty horrendous personal circumstances where he saved lives and completely turned people around."

So, Quagliana is describing Beebe as pretty much wearing a Superman cape. But for the raping part, how awesome! Too bad he completely turned the victim's life around - in not such a good way. Rhonda Quagliana seems rather nutty, no? This is the same woman who tried to claim the woman horribly murdered by her rapist husband and left in the hotel was "still in love" with him.

Beejebus. Crazy hag.

Bottom line is that at the time Beebe wrote the letter he wanted to accept responsibility. Well, now he's having to do that. At the same time, UVA will think twice before ignoring victims. Again at the same time through this publicity, other sheltered girls will see that it is dangerous to tour a frat house with drunk boys.

Hey tanker,
You are an idiot. I wish I could see you in person. I would slap your stupid face. People like you should experience the same terror as being overpowered and drugged by some big guys like bubbas in prison and let you feel that terror and humiliation then, not be believed that it happened to you and live with the shame.
Happy new year, you dumb idiot.

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