As I noted earlier this week, former Congressman Virgil Goode joined the Constitution Party over the weekend. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the story has made somewhat of a splash in Goode’s old Congressional District and he’s been interviewed about the move twice this week.
In one interview, Goode seemed to say that he still considered himself a Republican:
Virgil H. Goode Jr., a Republican from Rocky Mount who represented the 5th District in Congress for six terms, has joined the conservative Constitution Party — but says that doesn’t mean he’s quitting the GOP.
“I don’t think they’re mutually exclusive,” Goode said.
Goode was the keynote speaker the Constitution Party’s spring National Committee banquet Friday in Minneapolis. At the event, Goode paid the party’s $35 membership fee. Goode said that he has not quit the Republican Party and is current on his membership dues with the Franklin County GOP.
The Constitution Party, Goode said, has staked out several positions that Goode feels are superior to the platform of the national Republican Party.
The Constitution Party recently adopted a resolution praising Arizona for enacting a law that requires police officers to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect might be in the country illegally.
“On some national issues, the Constitution Party is much better than the Republican Party,” he said. “The Constitution Party passed a resolution supporting Arizona’s new policies on illegal immigrants. I have yet to see such a resolution come out of the Republican Party.”
Meanwhile, in another, Goode seems to leave the door open to an independent bid for his old House seat:
[Goode's] joining the Constitution Party has raised speculation he’s thinking of challenging Tom Perriello for his old seat.
Previously Goode has said he will not seek the Republican nomination.
When asked if he can be ruled out of the November election, Goode said, “I’m not saying flat out 100-percent no. I want to see how things develop.”
Goode says he’s been impressed with some GOP candidates, but unimpressed with others.
Whether that means he will enter the race if an “unimpressive” candidate wins the June primary, of course, is something only Goode knows himself.